Melissa Bee wrote:
I would try dumpster-diving behind the nearest nurseries, home centers, or anywhere else that sells plants. Granted, this isn't going to help you right now, but as the year progresses lots of 4" starter edibles and ornamentals that don't survive will get tossed out. I've acquired so many 4" pots that way, I had to Freecycle a big stack of them last year.
If you live in an area that has any large commercial properties, like a hospital, office complex or senior home, as examples, they usually have professional landscaping done. If you can determine the day flowers are planted in the spring, the nursery people doing the work often toss all the containers. Very few big nurseries actually grow anything, they just maintain the plants they buy wholesale. So, they will never re-use those pots. I once got hundreds in one weekend, and still have quite a few of those after many years of use.
What a great idea! I can get a little overwhelmed at planting time, so this is super helpful.
We have lots of birds and wildlife and they love to dig through any kind of loose soil looking for worms and seeds, so I'll probably need to cover the trays with a screen of some sort. Or maybe I'll just sow them directly into the ground and put pointy sticks around where I plant the seeds. That strategy has mostly worked to deter the diggy creatures for me, long as the sticks are spaced close enough. Plus, it helps me remember where I planted.
It sounds like it is cold enough to use an HRV instead of an ERV. You will get some humidity control, especially in winter. If your only humidity problems are in summer, use the ERV. You could add a passive ventilation system with a long 4" or 6" duct placed below frost line in the ground, a trick from greenhouses. Another humidity control is to put a 1-2" layer of rock wool or, even less embodied energy: Homasote sound board, behind thin wood paneling inside your metal shell. It will absorb moisture and later release it when it is dry inside. Nicer surface than the metal also!
I’ve been making pack baskets and leather shoes. I got a great video from laughing Crowe for shoes and Jill Choate has free videos for basket making. The shoes are hard, you have to be meticulous and follow all instructions- no shortcuts. Baskets were much easier to learn, I learned from the videos mentioned above about 2 years ago this last August. I started designing my own a couple weeks after buying a kit and watching videos, if you can do basic addition you can make whatever you need for a basket. Here are some photos of what I’ve done in the last few months:
Nichole Rock wrote:
How did you attach them to the bottom/each other? My first thought is soldering.
Nope, I just place them on the bottom. I found that a combo of wide mouth rings and a couple of regular size rings allow the entire bottom of the pot to be covered snugly but not so tight as to push them up anywhere. I place the jars to be canned in such a way as to not have them stay nice and upright and not fall over sideways a bit into the center of the rings.
The tip on putting them together with some wire is brilliant! May try that. Just picked another 10 gallons of tomatoes yesterday so I'll be at this a while and want to make this as easy as possible.
I own and operate Echo Landscapes in Wichita Kansas and have a few clients that want meadow lawns. I've been adding to my list of plants like white clovers, wild aster, Mexican primrose, Swedish ivy, very vinca minor, birdsfoot trefoil, poppy mallow and such. My results are a bit hot and miss and I would love Oren's advice. Thanks for the entry and thank you Oren!
Lee Gee wrote:There is a difference in price and in the end it is much more economical to get the ubiquinol. I can't say for certain how your body is at converting and absorbing, but you could probably take 100mg ubiquinol to the 400mg of CoQ10.
Let me know if you notice a differnce/how you like it.
I bought a "Nova" elderberry plant spring of 2018, planted it near the alleyway behind our urban house and it has been not so secretly plotting to take over said alleyway ever since. Clearly this was not the best choice of location although the plant seems very happy. This past year I harvested and dried a lot of berries and found it a great way to store them. They dry down to nothing and are stored in small glass jars.
I also started propagating them this fall with the plan of planting them on our rural land. So I've got a bunch of small shoots rooting in water on my windowsill. So far, so good.
Greg, i grow monk hood and ricinus comunis, just because you never know.
They're in a corner of the garden together, and i had read it's ok because kids will spit out all extremely bitter tasting poisonous plants immediately, however when my young nieces arrived this summer i got very nervous. I had them make a warning sign, it had to state poisonous, which is "giftig" in Dutch. They came up with a much better design and i haven't seen them there and they're still doing great!
Medicinal plants i didn't see mentioned is ginkgo, for the brain and milk thistle (alkaline) for the liver. Hops and valerian for sleeping and beer brewing!
My grandma told me when I was young that a dog can pee in the yard until it goes into its first heat. Male dogs didn't kill the grass according to my grandma, who was very particular about her yard. She thought it had something to do with hormones.
I have it being filled by a leaky water hose for my dogs to drink out of all the time and with the 100+ days they enjoy laying in the water to stay cool. but watching the fill and emptying of it I do see that the dogs them self have the area where if I want go ahead and dig it down a bit more then how deep it is now. I may do so to expand it out some and then level down the dirt all around it so that I can dig in another swale to divert some of the driveway water to come flowing to fill up the area with each rain fall. either case the area back around it has really been getting full of grasses rather then the ragweed and other thistle that was growing in the area before.
I made a little video on my Rocket Heater Glass Kiln Test, in which we check on one last rocket project from the 2019 Wheaton Labs Appropriate Technology Course, melting broken glass into something more interesting in a Rocket Heater. Here's the idea: Melting bottle glass requires sustained temperatures up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit with a long slow cool down to strengthen (anneal) it. So where do I find temperatures like that without a massive expenditure of fossil fuels? Try the heart of my Rocket Heater on any cold winter night.
I'm going to the ATC!!! So I wanted to know if someone else who's going might be interested in sharing a room and car rental to cut costs and environmental impact. I'm an older woman, quiet, and neat. Would want another woman for a roommate. I checked the closest accommodations and there's nothing available during those weeks. So there's a place that's listed as "cheap and clean" in the instructional email that's about 8 miles away. I checked this morning and there's still availability. Don't want to go in to too many details here. But if you're interested, please reach out to me and we'll see if we can work something out.