I made a costume for my bf at the time. I am a dumpster diver, with odd skills. I took a trench coat, cargo pants, and a comfortable shirt, and sewed pockets ALL over them (pockets on the back of the calves!) There's LOTS of room for pockets in a trench coat. Then we filled the pockets with everything odd we could find. And I had a LOT of odd around. He went as one of the classic "hey buddy, want to buy a watch?" guys who opens his coat up and has watches hanging there. The hanging area had earrings, some with mates, some without (he was trading them with women for the ones they were wearing) as well as watches that didn't work and fishing lures. The junk in the pockets ran the gamut: road flares, silverware, lingerie, packets of crackers and condiments, a toothbrush, books, sticky notes, toys, balloons, condoms, paint, temporary tattoos, makeup, all kinds of odd clothing.
He did it beautifully, had a blast, and won a prize for "the most profitable costume!"
Greg Martin wrote:I SWEAR I woke up in the middle of the night last night to see black hair reaching downward towards me from the gaps in the ceiling boards over my head. I looked away then back up and it was gone.
That was me. Just checking in! Sorry I spooked ya.
Dang it Rob!!! You really freaked me out!!! 😜 (and btw....you really need a hair cut!)
I live in a very rural area with farms scattered all over the place a mile to a couple miles apart. It is almost an unspoken rule that every farm yard needs 2 to 4 'yard lights'. These are generally 800 watt halogen bulbs that light up a large area. Looking across the Prairie landscape at night you can pick out every yard within 20 miles.
I myself refuse to pay for that electricity that I derive little benefit from, my yard had 3 yard lights that came on at dark and shut off at sun up. Now I have 1 thats on a motion sensor and that is plenty for me.
I don’t have pics, my compost pile has been just 4’x4’ square and perhaps 3’ high and contained by an old snow fence. Into it I dump grass clippings, kitchen scraps, leaves and weeding debris. Although I will keep that, next year I will attempt more, of what I think is called "chop and drop" or "composting in place." Dump and spread grass clippings along garden paths and maybe around some plants, dig small holes here and there and fill it with kitchen scraps, or bury them underneath grass clippings (I use a huge Folger’s coffee can to keep them in before composting) and later in the Autumn spread leaves around. I love no-till gardening (I’m lazy, have a lower back pain, arthritis and bursitis) and besides, it’s how nature does it) so taking organic matter and just siting it in place in the garden sounds good to me. I found out this week when I put my garden to bed for the Winter, that when I took pitch fork and shovel to the compost pile, it was all matted and stuck together, and very heavy. It wasn’t smelly at all, but it was very dense. I did see steam coming from it, so the decomposition was coming along nicely. But I thought I’d see more soil. So after looking around permies.com I ran across some threads detailing other composting methods. So, I’ll try that since the decomposition process may be quicker. Since my garden next year will be doubled in size, (around 300 sq ft to 600ish. Just a guess, my spatial relations figuring sucks) I think the composting in place may work well.
Hayley Stewart wrote:
Finally, my noob questions -
1) Right now I keep kitchen scraps in the freezer. Can we add frozen scraps to the compost or will this just mess up the temperature of the pile?
2) What do you do with your compost pile when winter rolls around? Do you let it go dormant or keep it active?
Thanks in advance!
1) I keep them in a coffee can on the kitchen counter. It fills up every couple of days or so and then I toss it in the pile.
2) My dream is to get an aluminum garbage can and use that (drill holes in bottom and lid for drainage) but in lieu of that, I just stumble across the snow and toss the coffee can contents in it.
My Uncle made a cutting board for my Cousin whom had suffered a blood clot stroke in her 20's and lost the most the use of one side of her body, and the complete lose of use in her hands. She was single and lived alone. (She was fiercely independent.) He took a wooden cutting block and drove stainless nails through the bottom of the board, exposed about an inch. This allowed her to place a vegetable or even a piece of meat on the cutting board; and have it stay in place while cutting with her one hand. I thought it was an ingenious solution to a very frustrating problem. One that might make a thoughtful gift to someone that is challenged in working one handed.
I guess my deviation is when dealing with encouraging a "bait" site. I find it hard to believe they will stick with what is "offered" and eshew the local garbage day, compost piles and fruit trees...
I would suggest ( and I think I did somewhere in my overly wordy posts! ) that the community agrees to not have fruit trees on individual plots of land but to have an extensive community-run food forest/orchard (most local trees that already exist could all be removed and transplanted with an industrial tree spade), and as mentioned at the end of my last post this large orchard could (probably should) be outside of town and could also be 'shared' by the bears; This latter would be accomplished if it was large enough to cordon off areas with proper high voltage electric fencing for cell grazing. The problem: Fruit trees attract bears, becomes the solution, Fruit orchard outside of town attracts bear to hang out away from town.
Also, Bokashi type fermenting could be incentivized for waste foods, and the compost could all be brought from kitchen pails to this same orchard site, or to community bear proof bins, where it was trucked to site. The problem, compost materials can be smelly becomes the solutiion, high quality lactic acid ferments are added to the green waste recycling of the community. All green waste could be binned in bear proof commuity bins and then brought to the orchard site to be shredded for compost.
The things that make garbage smelly ( and thus bear attractants ) are things that should be composted or done with bokashi and then composted. Garbage is primarily not smelly if it is cleaned post-consumer plastic, most of which will likely be phased out with regulations in the next decade or two. metals shoudl be washed and recycled. Glass jars, cleaned and recycled. What is garbage but resources that we have failed to close the loop on? Those loops can and likely will be closed in time with better holistic decision making and permacultural design.
All wood waste could be burned or made into char, and the heat could be used to recycle glass and metal into sellable bricks or ingots, Methan from the compost could be captured and used to fuel the chipper shredder, or other machines.
Granted I feel the cold and dampness of "Wet Coast" winters, so I would vote for a facing that was warm and fuzzy like a brushed cotton considering the main fabric of wool should be warm.
If this top ends up fitting you well, the pattern would be a candidate for the idea of a "reversable top" - instead of a facing, it could be made fully lined where either the lining side or the other side could be worn facing the world. This would allow two shirts for the drawer space of one and be warmer as well. (But I'm getting ahead of things!)
Catie George wrote:I will be curious to hear how you like it and how it bakes.
My parents replaced an heirloom 1920s cookstove with a modern one when the 1920s one was unable to be repaired. The modern cookstove put out more heat, seemed to burn cleaner, and had a much larger/longer lasting firebox, but was no where near as good for baking. Things needed to be rotated multiple times as the heating was uneven, and we could never keep it low enough temperatures for more delicate baking. Even the warming oven above the stove had to be left with the door open, or meringues, apple slices, etc would burn. But it didn't handle a small fire well. The cookstove was always used as an additional heat source on the coldest days, but after the switch, we stopped lighting it for winter baking unless it was already going.
I have always been curious about that style of stove.
I don't think anyone makes things as good as they used to. I watched some YouTube vids of folks cooking in/on this particular stove. They talked about a learning curve, but were overall happy with the results. Of course, I guess they didn't have a 1920's stove to compare it to. I'll report back about cooking/baking after I give it a few test drives. BTW...my grandmother used to cook on top of a pot belly stove! Wow!
I found these on Amazon randomly today.... Plastic/silicone thingies that keep your mask off your face. I wonder if they might make masks more comfortable for those who find having something directly against their mouth/nose uncomfortable? You might even be able to integrate them into a home made mask to make something that stays off the face and avoid the potential "plastic is poking me in the face" feeling.
something to think about.
I have read that in just a few more years, people who have family history originating from Spain will be the majority of American citizens. White people who's families originally came from other European countries will be a minority in the US.
I'm curious to know how often you make them for two people. It takes a good 6-7 days advance planning and then you end up with a pretty serious amount; I have been only making small quantities (not enough) for fear of having way too many sprouts.
It takes 3 days plus soaking for me and as you can see I don't make many at a time, I feel that keeping them ruins the point of having something fresh. To get it so fast I use my bathroom floor which is heated, so the sprouts are growing at 30-35C (85-95F) We probably have them every couple of weeks all year round. I can buy them here, but they are expensive and old.
Catie George wrote:Thank you Skandi! Coincidentally, I just started my first bean sprouts in nearly a year last night, good to know how to make nicer looking ones as mine are rarely great.
I think it's that time of year again! The garden is looking decidedly boring and brown so something nice and fresh becomes more interesting.
Im not expecting a lot of trick or treaters here in the UK where I live so I’m putting foil covered choc coins and choc pumpkins in little paper bags with an A4 print out of Halloween jokes! I guess it’s a bit like a lucky dip/Christmas cracker idea. I don’t really know if foil is better than plastic. I bought 26 orange and white striped paper bags with paper stickers for £3.20ish. Will be leaving them on the doorstep and letting little people help themselves and if some naughty devil takes them all ... ah well. They are normally v young here and with their parents.
The man you see pictured in the preview of the movie, is an 82 year old mountain tour guide. He's been leading tours up to the glacier since 1956. When he started, you could step right out on to the glacier. Now you have to climb down 150 meters (~450 feet) of ladders to get down to it. It's melted that much.
I've got a 1 million BTU torch from Harbor Freight that I use for all sorts of things. Tried it for a brief moment on weeds growing in the cracks in the side walk. Wasn't impressed. My buddy says that to be effective in the garden, you need to use it when the weeds are very small.
I have been surprised by my worms ability to deal with a bit of aerobic heat. I several times have thought I must have cooked them as the bin heats up, only to look a month or two later and see them thriving and that the population has exploded.
I would definitely try it, but suggest perhaps thin (1-2 ft) beds of material to allow heat to escape, and not continuously adding fresh, perhaps have several bins/piles, and let the worms digest it over the course of a month or two before adding new material. If you have access to additional carbon materials, that may also be of help if it is particularly hot.
As an herbalist myself I recommend you link up with a good herbalist you can work with long term. I've worked with folks with asthma and while there are some fast acting herbs, the key to herbal protocols for asthma is working through a deeper long term approach that fits your unique self. I typically address constitutional immune triggers, supporting respiratory tissues, and removing other systemic challenges (i.e. pathways of elimination, digestion, etc).
I agree with other posters who write about diet and environmental exposures (refined foods, artificial scents, cleaning products etc.) These are all very real triggers of asthma, and in no way required parts of life. The use of industrial chemicals in foods, homes and workplaces and the increase in chronic illness are related. Chronic illness will kill most of the people we know, remember this as folks try to defend the convenience of modern toxicities.
Best of luck to you, and kudos for seeking other options for your health!
Well. I feel a whole lot better.
We just harvested a pretty underwhelming potato crop this year. I tried one new method and one old method and the old method was...fine, I guess, and the new method not so great, with the amount of small, hard potatoes dominating the boxes.
The old method is - add manure to the soil (horse, cow, rabbit) from late summer until Chrismas. Let is sit. Till it in. Plant potatoes. Cover with a foot of dry straw. Sit back and do nothing. This mostly worked in our established beds, but I got a bigger percentage of smaller, harder potatoes than previous years.
The new method was to spread about 6 inches of compost on a grassy area that I weed whacked down, plant potatoes, cover with a foot of straw and sit back and do nothing. This was even worse, with lot's of small, hard potatoes (like those little boutique bags at the grocery store). So color me fancy with all these eeny wheeny potatoes, but what a pain to harvest!!
We had a wet, long, cold spring followed by cooler and dryer summer culminating in somewhat warm but dry start to fall, so I don't know. Climate Change means every year is a new adventure - a box of chocolates, as it were. (Although recently it seems like all the chocolate are coconut filled and half eaten by some other family member and then put back in the box.)
Next year, because there is always a next year for us ever optimistic gardeners, I'm going to still use the new method for areas I want to clear for beds. Small potatoes are great in stew, and I get a new gardening bed out of it, so everyone wins. It still the easiest way I have found to clear big patches for new beds.
I also saw no noticeable difference using stored seed potatoes from my stash and store bought new seed. And my purple potatoes from saved seed did better than everyone else - which was delightful! They are my favorite.
Not really. Now that I've had a great gardening year I don't want it to end. Sometimes I wish I lived in a much warmer climate than western NY. But I can't deal with heat and humidity all that well; freezing cold is problematic for me, too. Problems, problems.
Quite unlikely to relocate, so I'll spend the winter inhaling gardening books and dreaming dreams of next years’ garden.
In michigan, USA it's easy to get a roadkill tag from the DNR.
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350--448733--,00.html I picked up 2 or 3 last season. They were used as pet food (we had no need for the meat, so did not even test it). But, I have harvested fresh roadkill for my family to eat as well. It was a family tradition.
Although I've been adding more items to my shop, my traffic has gone down.
I've added more tools to my shop which helps.
Book sales have slowed in the last month or so, but that's understandable given the time of year.
We're entering the start of the fibrearts time of year. There's also the start of a global yarn shortage. So in theory, this winter should see an increase in sales. But... will it?
I'm thinking what more do I need to do?
- I want to get Etsy to bring in at least 75% of my traffic as I'm paying to use their site and the biggest advantage is their customer base. So maybe learn more about SEO and see what I can do there.
- I also need to wash and process more fibre so I can put it for sale.
- tutorial videos. I'm imagining growing my youtube channel would help.
I'm back with an update. We cut the sod two days ago and we'll be moving it with volunteers today. I have some cool sod berm/windbreaks/suntraps/shadenooks that we'll build with the sod.
The next steps are:
Evaluate for quack roots and if we need to till and rake them
Spread 60 cubic yards of compost over the beds
Start gardening in the spring
The issue is that we have a winter between now and spring and I'm not sure how I want to leave the site exposed to the elements.
The sod cutter leaves the soil flat and not loose (no footprints show as you walk).
If we till it for the quack, we'll have loose soil. When we add compost, we'll have loose soil.
Whether or not we till it, we'll probably have weeds pop up in the spring. The compost may smother them as long as it's applied before they get an inch tall.
We don't have easy access to mulch for the plots. The 60 acre grassy park the garden is in has just been mowed and may not grow much before the snow flies. There are leaves in the area but they'd need to be collected, ideally shredded and spread. We don't have much (or any) organic hay/straw in the region so importing mulch is a bit tricky. And I don't want to mulch with wood chips where people will be trying to grow veggies.
So, the question is... What should my timing be?
If we decide we need to till up the quack, should we do it now or in the spring? Which is better for the soil? We do have reliable snow cover from Dec 1 till sometime in March.
If we don't till, are we better off leaving the hard "post sod cutter" soil for the winter or should we spread compost on it now and let that bear the brunt of the winter?
If we don't till and we cover it with loose compost, will the soil loosen up underneath or should we till it in the spring so that the soil unpacks a bit and the compost is incorporated?
I know I'm using the word "till" a lot but I'm personally ok with tilling a garden once to get it established...
when i read the title i thought i might have something useful to contribute
my sisters each had a dog
a burmese mountain dog and a jack russel
i used to take the dogs on adventures and after one of these adventures
the burmese developed stroke like symptoms with one side of the face going limp and even some seizure like episodes
speculation abounded but it was an infection which was cleared up eventually by antibiotics
sadly both of these great dogs have passed recently enough so i feel youre pain
Skandi Rogers wrote:
That's a really interesting website. they are charging $180 per person per week, lots more than yours but offering a bit more. (personally I can't get over the 7600 cost per year! of that one)
You chose to look at their New York City share (quite far from their farm, hours away) and the cost reflects that distance, however the "Local pickup share" price is $105/week ($4505 annually) PER ADULT, children slightly less.
Of course, one should always keep in mind that it is hard to base one's own business on someone else's figures.
Yes, going rates/market prices and all that... however only your own numbers matter.
Braden, as Tereza said, you have to get your numbers right. An example from your own post, you say March 1-October 31 then later on count this as 40 weeks (it's actually 35 weeks) that's a whopping 12.5% overestimation on the WHOLE thing! Also consider that every dollar adds up (for you and the shareholders both), $1 x 35 weeks = $35 for them... x 9 = $315 to you.
A spreadsheet where you can calculate/track your costs and also quickly calculate and see what effect losing a hog, or a dozen chickens, a row of crops, feed prices up/down, or paying for irrigation vs. rain has on when you start losing money.
Yeah, socks and sandals until about -5C (23F) here, maybe -10C (14 F) then i chicken out. But usually by then there is snow on the ground, so sandals dont work anyway. Nothing worse than cold, wet feet.
So i need something warmer from mid Nov/early December until the snow melts in mid March. Growing up, i also spent most of the summer barefoot - remember a few times arriving at a store and discovering i hadnt put shoes on before leaving! That happens less now that i drive, my feet register the pedal differently so i notice when i get in.
(As i eye beautiful traditional moccasins and mukluks online i imagine, 100 years ago, before the advent of rubber shoes, if someone had suggested we dump tonnes of salt on roads and paths to keep them in a perpetual state of salty slush that ruins leather or suede or fur. I imagine reviews to the idea would have been negative!)
Anne - you definitely should grow it! Mine was 8 ft tall, bright red, showy flowers. I had people walking by ask me about jt, they could see it in the backyard. Further research since i posted this made me determine that mine is a nongrain variety/species (black seeds)
I think i weeded out a lot of the diversity in the mix. Oops.
Dan - i suspect the grain varieties may be easier to winnow than mine. Chickens would definitely like it, and not for the seeds - i have never seen as many bugs as crawled out of mine. Yummy chicken snacks!
I can hardly wait to get started on next year's garden! My current one still has a few weeks of life left. I plan on expanding it and grow more of what I grew this year (tomatoes, zukes, peppers) and add a variety of other things.
This year was a success, (compared to previous ones) so I'm all jazzed up.
I plan to hugelkultur, as the planned newer area slopes down a little.
I just ordered comfrey seeds to grow that and spice up the compost heap. Developing an herbal medicine patch is a part of my plans (I ordered mullein seeds, as well.)
I may even think of 'season extenders' like cloches from 2L sodapop bottles and whack some scrap wood and screens/windows for a cold frame.
Gosh. One successful good garden and look what happens.... Side note: I am aware of 'reach exceeding my grasp' as that was a problem before. But I have the time, now, to take proper care of my intentions.
Paul - thats awesome! Jealous of your longer growing season down there. Glad it went well for you too! i know all about "reach exceeding my grasp". For me, heavily mulching was my breakthrough moment. Yes, mulching is a ton of work, but i would much rather mulch in the cool of the spring and fall than weed in the heat of the summer! I can maintain a far bigger garden with mulch than without it. To me, its all about maximizing the things i enjoy (planting, picking, eating) and minimizing things i dont (weeding watering hoeing tilling). I am also already plotting for next year. I kind of wish
seed companies would accept orders now for next year, which is silly, as i know i will enjoy sitting down to order seed in January/February. Impatient for the next growing season to start, instead of happy to see the work go away for the winter.
We have had 2 hard frosts here, really closing down the growing season and cleaning up the garden. Looks like i will get maybe 40 lb of potatos from 100 row feet, which is a poor yield, but local gossip says everyone had a bad year for piotatos, and i didn't water them much, so they were pretty low effort. My soup beans did poorly, except for 3 plants which produced abundantly. Saving all the seeds from those plants for next year.