I haven’t purchased these yet, but the description contains this claim: “FORID compostable trash bags are made of 100% plant starch material (PSM),bioplastics based on natural renewable plant starch extracts,and can be composted in backyard or home composting facilities. In the case of composting, it is released as water, humus and CO2 within six months and returned to the ecosystem to complete the organic cycle.”
Others I have looked at, I was disappointed to discover, are apparently made of some sort of oxy-enhanced plastic. So they break down faster, but still just into smaller bits of plastic. The ones I referenced above sound a lot better.
What about compostable trash bags? The ones I found are cornstarch based, I think. The listing says nothing about GMO, but if soil organisms are digesting it, is it still an issue anyway?
I am considering buying them to line a compost bin and also a dry toilet bucket, so I can just dump each bag, with all its contents, straight onto the compost heap, without touching anything nasty or having to wash bins so much. And whilst in the bag, I would still layer dry/cover material over anything wet to keep smell and flies down. If I had a compost receptacle on my kitchen counter, lined with said bag, I might even twist the top up in between deposits.
I bought some purple (on the inside) sweet potatoes at my local grocery store and planted three on a whim over the summer. They’ve now taken over a very large portion on my garden and the surrounding area. I don’t have any idea how many tubers there may be, but there are lots of vines and leaves. We have sautéed the greens in butter and they are quite good and also used them like spinach in scrambled eggs and such.
(My biggest problem now is trying to halt the takeover. My husband is mad and has started mowing them, but they’ve rooted so they just grow right back.)
I have a kiddo that loves to eat flowers so I’ve started growing one flower bed that has only flowers that won’t harm him. He now knows he is only allowed to eat those (though I still sometimes catch him eating clover flowers in the fields), which is important because I grow Chaya for food. It contains cyanide. The kids have been taught to never ever nibble it until it has been cooked properly. (We boil for 10 minutes and drain and think it’s delicious!)
Just to clarify my link... I believe the “draft a sloper” link is to modify existing patterns (by laying that sloper on top and drawing the correct lines) so that existing patterns can fit you in a very custom way. Not to try to draft your own patterns from scratch.
I did not read through each comment, so I hope this is still helpful.
I’m going to leave two links here... one is for an awesome tutorial for creating your own sloper that will allow you to customize bodices for yourself. It’s free. You have to do the work. If I remember correctly, she gives detailed instructions and tells you how to measure as well (didn’t re-read today).
The second is a link to a Russian company that drafts any selected pattern to the measurements you input. You can put in very detailed measurements and save them to you profile and then select any of their patterns and they will send you that pattern digitally, in your specific size. It isn’t perfect (as previously mentioned, they can’t see your actual body) and the patterns have to be printed and taped and cut (which is obnoxious), but the patterns are cheaper than even regular, non-customized retail patterns.
We have some mock strawberry in our yard. It’s nice to walk on and the leaves and flowers are edible (though bland). Wild violets too (I use those medicinally.) And I third the white clover. Love that stuff.
If you’re in a warmer climate, maybe sweet potato vines or Malabar spinach? The malabar might get crushed or bruised, but it’s very aggressive at my house.
I’m in zone 9b and have grown the following: mint, rosemary, Chickweed, cleavers, calendula, lemon balm, thyme, oregano, elderberry, moringa, comfrey, plantain, valerian, lobelia, hibiscus, mulberry, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, chicory, English ivy, non-dormant alfalfa, Chaya, katuk, wild violet.
There are probably more I’ve forgotten. And there are lots of food plants that I grow or that will grow here which have medicinal uses I’m just unaware of. Sometimes I enter “__________ medicinal uses” in a search engine, filling the blank with the name of some random plant I’m growing for food, and find all manner of things people use it for medicinally. Kinda fun.
I have a lot more things I’d like to try here and haven’t yet, and some that were supposed to grow well here and crashed and burned for me (could easily have been gardener error; I’m not awesome at babying seedlings)...
I’m considering getting one of these for emergency (no electricity) use. Has anyone used one before? If so, does it work well? Any issues with it? Thanks!
(For those wanting more information... We are blessed to have two wells on our property. The one that’s tied to our house was drilled in 2008 and I have a well report for it. The other one isn’t currently hooked to anything and I have no well report for it. It is in a large well house. Don’t know how deep it is and haven’t tested the static water level.
I’ve been told it was not hand drilled, worked fine and was used for the house until they thought it dried up. Drilled a new well and hooked it to the house and then found out the old one just needed a new pump (or something like that), so it allegedly is still good. It just isn’t being used.
I’d like to make that extra well an emergency well that will work for our needs if there is no power. I don’t want it tied to the house. I’m fine going out and hand-pumping water into five gallon buckets in an emergency. I just want something inexpensive that will work.
My F-in-L recommended a solar pump with a smaller diameter pipe that fits inside your current well and then pipes into your home and, in an emergency, you just go switch a valve to turn off your on-grid well and let the solar well go to your house. Then you just have to ration your water usage, but you have water in your house in an emergency. I like the idea, but it’s $1,300 and I don’t think I want extra parts that could fail, like the solar panel and pump.)
(I apologize that I did not read through every comment, so this may have been mentioned already...)
We recently took a homeschool field trip to the historical society’s “Pioneers of Texas” program and the program director said you can make baking powder by cooking down pearl ash. He explained it really fast and I was herding small people, so I regret that I didn’t catch all of it. I thought he said to make an ash and water slurry and cook that down (to lye?) and then do it again (to pearl ash?) and then a third time to fluffy, white baking powder. Maybe it was only two cooks? I dunno. I do remember him specifying that you want to have a separate pot for that and never use your good cast iron cooking pan for it (that you shouldn’t cook in the “lye pot”).
And he used this baking powder to make cornbread during the presentation (over coals, in cast iron, as he spoke through the program).
If the head was actually missing, I would think raccoon. If upon further inspection, the head and neck are fine but the back has been munched on, I’d put money on dog. We had both on our property and coons were taking the heads and nothing else, dogs were making holes in their backs and a bobcat left only a hint of feathers (except the day he was interrupted and ran off, leaving a row of perfectly lined up dead birds. They were even all facing the same direction and ordered by size. If we hadn’t seen the bobcat ourselves, I would have wondered if it had been done by a human. It was super creepy!)
I technically live in town, but we have a few acres. My obstacle in gardening would not be space, except for my husband. He likes monocrop grass lawn. He would prefer that our property look like a mowed park (with a few trees- for shade only) or a golf course. I would prefer that our property, all but a small lawn for the kids, look like a permaculture food forest.
As a compromise, because we respect one another, we have a few “food islands” between the grass. The islands out front have to stay neat and tidy looking, no chop and
drop or anything that looks like a weed. The island out back can look a little messier. The grass here has been a big impediment for me because it grows below the ground and above the ground to cover everything.
Looking at my photos, it may be hard to see some of the stuff. Part of that is because it’s December, and many of the trees have lost their leaves and the other part is because some of them are new plantings and there isn’t much to see yet. We’ve only been here for 1.5 years.
I’m going to try to post to this, and then come back and edit for details about the islands. This is my third attempt. The first two were deleted.
Okay... out front, my larger island has a peach tree, a crab apple tree (upon which I hope to eventually graft on Anna and Golden Dorsett branches), and a black Mulberry tree. My smaller island is mostly pigeon pea shrubs with another small mulberry and a redbud, with a new avocado nearby. In the background, there are some rows with fencing visible. Those will be blackberries, tayberries and loganberry. There are sweet peas and lupine planted between them to cover the fence and make it look and smell nice and also provide some nitrogen fixation. Those berry rows were a tough sell to the husband, but I don’t have a lot of space here that gets a lot of light, so out front they went.
You may not be able to see it well, but the Rose Island picture has all of the front islands visible in the background. The larger island is to the left and the smaller island to the right. In the very back of the photo, near the road there are two large native pecan trees. In a straight line between those, I have two crape myrtles planted and a kumquat tree snuck between them. There are also two passionfruit vines planted at the base of one of the pecans. I’m hoping to string up a trellis between the pecans this summer and put Chayote squash on it. It will provide some food and some privacy from the road.
My back island is messier and has a small compost pile and pulled weeds and other decaying vegetation piled atop the ground. There are lots of smaller plants and herbs planted in there (and more to come), but some of the larger things are Mayhaw trees, elderberry bushes, pomegranate, pineapples, lemon guavas, carambola/starfruit, Malabar spinach, katuk, moringa, et al. Oh, and lots of goumi bushes for nitrogen, which will likely never fruit here because we don’t get enough chill hours. No, I did not know that when I bought them... I was delighted to find that the property came with some lovely mature citrus as well as a loquat tree and a fig tree (which sadly split this year, but I’m propagating some cuttings from it).
Ooh, this is fun! I’m in a new-to-me climate (and I’m new to permaculture) so I’m trying all kinds of things I’ve never grown before.
-extra precoce a grano violetto (Fava bean)
-dwarf moringa (this is obviously a tree, but I think it counts as a veg too)
-scarlet runner bean
-chayote (planting some from the grocery store)
-New Zealand spinach
-italiko Rosso dandelion
-yod fah (Chinese kale)
Plus some I’ve forgotten. Edited to add: also hoping to order some cuttings soon for longevity spinach and Chaya. And lots more in a few months, when the season changes! My family is going to have to adjust to what grows here, rather than what they are used to. 😊
Tereza, thank you so much! I haven’t grown chayote before (or most of the stuff that grows in this zone, if I’m being honest; I’m used to zone 4 😬) so it’s good to know that any frost will kill it. It grows back the next year though, doesn’t it? Same with sweet potato/Bonita? Wait to plant those until it’s warm and expect them to die back around December?
Does your SRB or Passion vine die back too, or do they keep foliage through the “winter”?
My local citrus guy talked me into taking some passion vine home this week but said I need to wait to plant them until March. I have a sunroom they could possibly stay in, but I’d rather just plant them out now and mulch them really well. Do you think there is a chance they would survive? I could cover them for any nights below 33 degrees (we don’t have many)...
Also, I’m a little worried about the trellising of said passion vine, now that it’s been mentioned more than once that they are vigorous and heavy. How can I build something sturdy enough for them that’s relatively inexpensive and looks decent?
Thanks again, everyone, for your help and advice; you guys are awesome!
All good points. Thank you very much! I will make sure to put the passion and scarlet runner in a different area and worry less about the ones that die back each year.
(On the fava- I’ve not grown them before and thought they were more of a pole bean...) 😁
I’ve spent a lot of time searching for answers without much success. Can someone please help me out? I’d like to know which of the vining plants I’ll list below can sprawl along the ground or climb other plants without harming them vs which ones can potentially strangle other plants and should be trellised (or I may consider not growing at all). Also, if any of them could share a long fence with some newly planted blackberries that will be tied to the fence, please let me know. I’m thinking of growing sweet peas there this first season just to pretty up the fence.
I’m going to list the vines with numbers beside them to make them easier to reference if someone has info to share for only one or two. Thanks in advance!
1) Malabar Spinach- I currently have both colors and they sprawl and climb (the red especially). Sometimes I pull them off my small trees because it looks like they could strangle them. Is this concern unnecessary?
2) Chayote- I haven’t started growing this yet because I want to place it correctly the first time. My guess is that this one is extremely vigorous and may need a sturdy fence or trellis?
3) Passionfruit (purple)
4) Fava bean
6) Scarlet Runner Bean
7) Bonita/ Sweet Potato- will these climb or just sprawl along the ground?
8) Trumpet vine- I’m not actually trying to grow this one, but it’s all over my property. Should I worry about it wrecking any of my food crops, or should it play nicely?
In case anyone is wondering, I’m in Zone 9b and I’m new to Texas and to Permaculture. I think I’m doing okay trying to plan out most of my layers, but I’m having a hard time with this one. It seems like a lot of the vines I’d like to grow (that should do well in my area) need sturdy trellising and I’m not really keen on putting up fencing everywhere for stuff to climb on...
I have 2 pomegranate trees (bushes, since I don’t train them to a single trunk) in a very humid part of South Texas. One is a dwarf that I bought from Gurneys and came pretty much as a stick and the other is a Sharp Velvet grafted tree that I bought locally at about 5 feet tall. Surprisingly, the 3 foot tall dwarf (that began as a twig) is loaded with fruit and the taller tree hasn’t even had a flower yet. Humidity doesn’t seem to be an issue. That dwarf flowered last year too, but I pulled them off.
My iPhone did the same thing. I clicked the blue thing when it was finished (super fast) and it showed it had already worked (thrice, actually since I thought it wasn’t working and overclicked). I clicked on the book name and it took me to iBooks where it was waiting...
Hope that helps!