I have about 40 of these growing right now that I plan to harvest soon. I heard Jack Spirko once talk about how some unscrupulous people use the seeds to stun fish (they float to the top). Illegal of course. Anybody ever heard of this?
It grows wild all over our 5 acres. It gets ripe right around the time that I get super busy, so I never really get a chance to harvest it. If anyone lives near Bellingham, WA you're welcome to come pick some or dig some plants up (but I hear it doesn't like to be transplanted, but you are welcome to try).
I have 17 pages about comfrey. I put a lot into this research because there is so much confusion about it. Also information about comfrey: health and growing.
Hi Nancy - I have purchased Bocking-4 & 14 from you before (darn chickens got it though before it had a chance). My friend has a bunch of comfrey in his back yard. I want to take some from him if it's not the true comfrey. How can I tell if it's true comfrey or a Bocking variety? It's too early to tell from flowers. Are the roots any different? Leaves? Thank you.
30GB is the highest they offer for our area, about what AT&T provides after they play with the numbers.
Maybe they like your zip code better than mine. When I follow your link, they ask for my zip code (98230), then the only plans I see are:
Essential 10 - 10 GB @ $40/mo
Liberty 12 - 12 GB @ $50/mo
Liberty 18 - 18 GB @ $70/mo
Liberty 30 - 30 GB @ $100/mo
Thomas Partridge wrote:I would strongly advise against Hughes Net unless it is the only option you have. Even then I would consider just not having internet. We had them for two years but their service was terrible. The last four months of it we had no internet - FOUR MONTHS! They sent people out to get our internet working and each time the person left without getting it fixed - a different person each time.
We switched to one of those plug in 3g cards and were very much more satisfied even though we barely had enough signal to make a phone call. If you can get a cell signal I would recommend them instead of satellite internet.
Thanks. I know how bad HughesNet is, although I've never had it. If the HughesNet offer the other poster spoke about is a valid offer (150 Gb for $80/mo), then I would like to use it as a bargaining chip to try to get a better deal with my current provider. I would never actually switch to HughesNet.
A Walton wrote:I've been using Exede for almost 1.5 years now. It's been serviceable. They came out with a new package around the time I signed up that had data limits that aren't completely ridiculous, so I've got 150 GB of transfer per month at 99 bucks (which is still expensive, I know). I would go with another option immediately if it was available, but for now the Exede is working OK.
I wish I had that. I've been with them for years and pay $90 for 15 GB. I just went on their website and for $99 bucks now you get 18 GB for $99 a month (there's a deal for $69 for the first three months).
I expect to continue getting a couple of gallons a month (or more) of inexpensive ($2/gallon) raw milk. I have been making lemon cheese (just heating the milk to 100 degrees, adding a cup or so of lemon juice per gallon and hanging the curds in cheese cloth for a few hours. It's good, but a little boring. I'd like to make something more interesting, but not too terribly difficult in the future. Have you had any success with things a little more exotic than lemon cheese? Also, what are some ideas for using up the whey? I made some lacto-fermented pickles yesterday with a half-tablespoon per pint. I've made bread with the whey in lieu of water. Any other ideas?
Hi Rose! We put all out dog poop in 5 gallon buckets and take it to the dump along with our garbage, but I would like to find a better way, like a doggie septic tank, or another solution. Does your book include do-it-yourself septic tank plans?
Some of the things in your responses so far make me think of this greenhouse plan from my FB friend Mark. Maybe he got the ideas from your book? I don't think I'd be able to have a greenhouse which is too close to my house - is that a must with your plan? See attached picture.
Welcome Rick - your book title sounds intriguing. I have been putting of building a greenhouse until the perfect plans come around. I have been interested in some which are partially underground, and am looking forward to hearing more about what you suggest.
Juan Pedro Ortiz wrote:Hey guys is anyone else having problems trying to download the free rocket mass heat manual?
I've tried on two seperate computers and it says the file is corrupted?
Does anyone know how to fix this?
Thanks for your help
I tried on several computers and my phone. Says file is irrupted. Not sure what to do. I am using the MicrosSoft reader on my computers and Safari, Chrome and iBooks on my phone.
Oh, that his statement were true! Roof rats are decimating my garden in Tacoma, Washington this summer. First, they ate the beets and carrots out from under the tops. Then they climbed the pea vines ant ate the small pea seeds out of the pods. Next, my precious plot of 20 tomato plants had every tomato eaten as it approached the light green stage. They also ate every apple off of my espaliered Jonagold. They're eating the Blue Lake beans now and also gnawing the tassels off the corn stalks. So far, they've left the pumpkins, cukes, garlic, and onions alone.
How do I know they're roof rats, you say? I see them scurrying along the top rails of the fence. They leave their droppings halfway up the corn stalks and pea vines, on the leaves. I've caught a few on sticky traps in the garden.
Since I've retired, my vegetable garden is my primary avocation, and I'm so disappointed and frustrated. I even paid a pest control firm over $400 to stop the problem. That made zero impact. If the rats were just a nuisance I could accept them getting their share, but they take it all.
Can ANYBODY out there give me a glimmer of hope?
Tim, I'm not sure if this is legal in your area, but if it were me and I could see them, I would shoot them with an air pellet gun. Be mindful of where the pellets would go if you miss (neighbor's windows?), if it is legal (if you care), etc. Be sure to practice with the pellet gun first, making sure it is properly sighted in for accuracy. Also, you may want to see if there is someone you can borrow a pellet gun from rather than spending the money on what may not work out. Pellet guns are going to work much better than BB guns. If I had it to do all over again, I would get a .22 caliber air gun rather than .177 - it's a little bit bigger pellet and has more killing power (which is even more humane).
This is something I have thought about a lot, and wonder what author Anni Kelsey has to say about this subject. While I am not in a hot, dry climate (100 miles north of Seattle), I want to make sure that what I plant is something truly useful and nutritionally dense. I feel that some permaculture enthusiasts want to have as many species as possible, almost as a novelty. I am interested solely in providing useful and nutritionally dense produce. Something which will nourish me, but also fill in my caloric needs. I know that nut trees are crucial in this goal, although I wish they would grow faster. Do you have any ideas on this topic?
Yes , mostly alder and cottonwoods and scattered birch and evergreens. Mushrooms are all unwanted polypore conks. Greenery is salal. Lots of salal. Acres of salal. Maybe I should profit from it? What do? Attached is mushroom pic. My wife's hand not as bad as it looks. Got pricked by blackberry and then rain made wound run.
Thanks Sara - we have a big deck that encircles the house, so the wall won't work out, but I may just build a wall out in my food forest - maybe using urbanite. Thanks for the tips! I have Sepp's book and just adored it. I have a good sized pond that I may start to work with it's reflective properties. So far I have a single apple tree there which I planted this year.
I'm in the same boat here on the coast in Washington state. I'm on 5.5 wooded acres. I'm making a clearing for my food forest, but being so far north, with the sun so low in the sky, you have to make a pretty big clearing in order for the sun to reach the fruit trees for any good period of time. Thanks Eric for the tips - I have all the ones you mentioned except for pawpaw, medlar and quince. I'll move them up to the top of my "acquire" list.
Not sure if anybody mentioned the Dervaes' from Pasadena, CA. Not everybody is a fan since they copyrighted the phrase Urban Homestead, but I think they may qualify for what you are asking about: I'm not sure if their crops are perennials or just annuals, but their results are impressive regardless: Path to Freedom
I am currently using this book to plan my forest garden. It will eventually be about two acres, but I am starting in areas of about 200 x 200'. I am keeping the existing red alders, but thinning out the other existing trees. I am currently growing many trees and shrubs in pots to put into the food forest.
Last fall I bought two pounds of sunchokes from a local beyond organic farmer. I ate a few and planted the rest. This spring I planted radish seeds over the patch, knowing that radishes will come up before the jerusalem artichokes broke through. Worked perfectly. The plan worked great (I eat the radish greens more than the roots). The sunchokes are now about 18 inches tall and I anticipate a wonderful far harvest. I recommend putting out feelers for someone who grows them where you can buy them cheaply, but not until the fall when they are harvested.