For anyone who might be still looking for saffron crocus, here's a spot you might not have thought to check. In the fall bulb display at the grocery store! Of all places.
I was gobsmacked, but there they were with all the daffodils and whatnot, within arms reach as I waited in line for the checkout. Marked as saffron crocus and correct species name and photo on the front from a reputable ornamental bulb company.
No idea how the size of the bulbs compare to the commercial sellers but hey, they were even priced cheaper per bulb than the sold-out commercial seller. So I grabbed most of the packets in the bin and we will see how they produce next year. :)
I've just spent too much time looking for projects in temperate zones. I emailed toyota afforestation to ask for photo updates which I will share if they do. Anyone know of any Miyawaki projects in a temperate zone?
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.
My family has a 9-10 year old hen and she still lays. Here’s hoping she’ll make it past sixteen, the oldest known chicken. She’s the one in the middle. Back her youth she was the only uncatchable hen out of dozens.
The problem is: damp wool does not insulate as well as dry wool. Maybe the pot will cool down too quick. I don't know
I smell an experiment coming! All I can suggest is that you try it with a food that's easy to get and cheap. Maybe try cooking that food in the Schlemmertopf and then do the same in a ceramic pot and compare? If there's food there that is steaming, that steam *has* to get out or things explode. There may be more moisture coming out of the Schlemmertopf, but whether it's more than the wool can cope with can be tested. (and hopefully reported on so the others who are using that tool can learn from your experience!)
Putting an absorbant pad between the Schlemmertopf and the silicon mat may help if you think you might actually end up with "drips" rather than just "steam"?
Thank you for presenting the idea of this experiment, Jay!
I can do this with potatoes as the food in both pots. Of course first I'll have to think out how exactly to do it.
It does not feel like a simple pleasure, but rather a huge gift:
This morning when sitting at the table (with views to the garden) I heard a bird's voice that sounded unfamiliar so I looked out: It was a kingfisher! So brilliant and majestic!
I have only seen one once before in my life. I have a small garden in a densely populated community, no ponds with fish or streams nearby. He must have passed on his way to a more promising water. Good luck, we have lots of intensive agriculture here and little nature left.
(I asked a friend to report the sighting to the ornithologist association).
Recycled materials work, but not all that well. I do use plastic disks cut from milk bottles. Re the storage jars, I already have the 1.5 pint freezer/ball jars and they fit in the door of my freezer so I use them. The plastic cut from milk bottles works but it’s a pain to make them and I have the same problem I started with, that is it’s difficult to get the disks out.
I really like Gill's Golden Pippin squash. It's a small good storage squash with excellent flavor. It's bothersome to peel so I just cut them in half, scoop out the seeds and either bake them or put them in a pan face down on the BBQ using indirect heat. It's OP so you can save the seeds.
I have no experience growing onions. But I planted potatoes and some flowers using Eric's fertile hole suggestions (essentially a hole filled with compost and the onion set). You don't need as much bagged stuff to do that, so you can spring for a more expensive compost. Add some shredded leaves, maybe, or leaf mold if you have some of that.
I had moderate success with the potatoes. Some of them rotted, so I conclude that (due to the drought) I was watering too much!
I wish you the best in your recovery and hope you have good medical care. it seems on the internet there is as much good factual information about lyme as there is quackery. I only know this because I was severely effected by a a tick bite myself.
I suffered from babisiosis, a parasitic infliction much like malaria from a tick bite that put me in the hospital just over a year ago and severely effected my ability to function normally for months. have you been tested for additional parasites as well as lyme. you might want to be.
I, too, know someone (who burned brush without knowing there was poison ivy in it) who landed in the hospital, struggling to breathe, and had a long, slow recovery. Do not burn it!
If I have to be anywhere near it, I cover my hands and anything else exposed with Technu. I put plastic backs over my shoes. I immediately throw all my outside clothes into the washer, before taking off my gloves. Then I throw my gloves in, and then I wash off the Technu and begin scrubbing. I have had bad cases that required courses of steroids to bring down the swelling.
I did get rid of some by covering it with a heavy tarp and mulch for two years. It did creep around out from the edges, and I covered those creepers up too. Spraying never helped. I like the borax idea!
People allergic to PI should also avoid raw cashews. The itch comes as it leaves the body . . . I will spare you any other details!
The bioassay is not looking encouraging. Eight beans sprouted in the pots with plain dirt, only 2 sprouted in the dirt/manure mix, and one of those two seems to have kinda stalled. Also there are numerous little weeds in the plain dirt, and none in the manure mix.
I went out to the pile in the field, out of curiosity as to whether it would be killing the weeds near it. It hasn't (and in fact, 2 dandelions are growing up through it) but perhaps it hasn't reached the roots yet.
I may end up redoing the bioassay because the pots had sat outside in cold-ish weather for a few weeks before I brought them in -- though clearly that didn't harm the seeds in the plain dirt.
Starting to get a bad feeling I'm going to have to ask the horse stable owner to take the stuff back. Bunch of work to load it back in the truck and drive it back down there, but at least then it's off the farm.
very unique opportunity to do something intermingle functional. I have a big camper that will probably never move again and have thought of how to heat it. on problem to overcome would be the opening for chimney. once you make a hole, that's it, its there, an alternative would be to use an existing vent such as a roof vent space or removing a window or maybe just living a window open and removing screen and using woods and one of those thru wall spacers vents. removing a screen and putting in a wood framed spacer vent would be easiest to reverse if ever want to sell camper trailer. a very small stove is probably all that's needed. the camper I have was previously used as year round home to previous owner and they added fiberglass insulation batting underneath it and even stuffed a mattress above the axles to insulate the water tanks.
but a small wood stove with insulated stove mat or whatever its called underneath it and one of those metal spacer wall protector things behind it just might do the trick. I think most wood stove spacing is something like 18" from wood or flammable surfaces.
it is doable but its a trade off on space and ability to live in structure through the coldest weather.
I like the ideas of crating a mud room at entrance to enclose stove and use fans. but is much more involved with materials and labor.
Skandi Rogers wrote:ok I just clicked on it this post may be a bit rambling as I'll add to it as I come to things
1. the featured plant says
The berries ripen from early May to late July in most of the Pacific Northwest (later in cooler climates)
where is the pacific north west and what is the climate? For anyone other than an American this doesn't mean anything. it really needs to be in heat days/zone. or as a minimum a climate zone.
2. I feel it would be better to be able to click on either the picture and/or the name rather than the little "show" button
Prefers full sun,Prefers shade
this makes no sense a plant cannot prefer two different conditions. Many of the plants have this.
4. heat zones would be very important for those of us in Europe. there are many things that can survive the winters here but will never fruit as we don't get warm enough, apricots, peaches etc etc.
5. when you click on Rose for example is it possible to then go to a sub menu for different types? climbing Dog roses cannot be used in the same place as rosa rugosa.
The information I am normally searching for is;
Which parts are edible and if they are a bit strange how to make them usable
thank you so much for your feedback!
2. Such an obvious thing! I fixed it already and it should work now by either clicking on the image or the name of a plant. See here for example: https://permapeople.org/search
1./3./4. This is all based on the fact that the start of the data is mostly my personal and naive notes. I've put this whole thing online in the hope that others will start contributing too, so the info gets better everytime a little bit. Feel free to fix/edit/add info you find useful!
5. Currently there is no way of separating varieties or grouping in families etc. Right now I suggest just adding another plant called "dog rose" or similar.
Thanks again and let me know if you have any more questions, happy to chat!
Among reference samples analyzed in this study, "zacatlaxcalli" 1 and "parasita from Mexico" 2 showed a chromatographic profile similar to that of the yellow sample from the tapestry. These reference samples are dyed with species of Cuscuta, one of the natural yellow dyes recorded as having been used in Mexico.........
Interesting! And I also note the reference to one species of Cuscuta (dodder) seeds being used medicinally in China.
So that got me to look in two of my most extensive herbals.
Native American Medicinal Plants lists four species of dodder where they are said to have been used for black widow bites, nosebleeds, bruises, as a ceremonial emetic, and "used by girls to divine the sincerity of suitors."
The Herb Society of America Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses mentions there are 100 species belonging to the genus, with several being used medicinally: for melancholy diseases, disorders of spleen, kidneys, and liver. Used in Ayurvedic medicine as an alternative, purgative, carminative, and anthelmintic. Apparently, it is the seeds that are used.
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I have a few splatters of it growing wild in my field in shaded areas. Unfortunately, like Judith, my save spots had been mowed for reasons of ticks and venomous snakes. Maybe next year I will be better about fencing it off.
Thanks for the video. I am just beginning to harvest my own seeds this year.
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.
Marco Benito wrote:Lay down wood chips thick and heavy everywhere. The Chooks will love the biology that magically shows up. When I say thick and heavy I mean 8 to 12 inches of wood chips. I functions as a deep litter, cover the earth, gives the chooks lots to do, provides lots of food....I could go on and on but why. They will wipe out the currants and gooseberries, not necessarily the plants, but the leaves and fruit they can reach. Giving them the life forms that show up in the wood chips is a real plus for all parties concerned. Edible Acres does have awesome documentation on chickens, wood chips, and composting.
ido the same with arborist chips except i put nearly 2ft and it last all season keeping it dry in there. i got several flushes of blewit mushrooms just downhill outside the run. nice big ones too!
Wish I could do that here for some things, but I do have the water table issue. No basements in Florida! No root cellars either.
On the other hand, if I can find some locally I do want to saw them in half lengthwise and sink them mostly into the ground and fill them with water for tiny ponds. Loads of metal ones, but the 55gal size plastic harder to find.
John F Dean wrote: You are correct, in various manifestations humans have an amazing capacity for denial. A good friend of mine with a pharmacy degree is dead because he decided his pain was not that serious.
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend... if it weren't for great ol' modern technology I could very well have lost my first born due to downplaying pain.
She was most definitely born prematurely because I thought the labor pains were nothing.
Midwife: "Does it hurt to where you feel like you can't go about your daily activities?"
Me: "No, I barely notice it at all!"
Midwife: "Okay, it's probably Braxton Hicks contractions."
Lo and behold... they were legit contractions! Oops!
Note: It helps to have a general idea of your pain tolerance before having a kid... I had no idea I had a high pain tolerance, in fact, I always thought I was a weakling due to some silly childhood traumas of being called a sissy.
No worries! Keep us up to date on how your new veggies do and share any you find that work well.
Here in Melbourne it is Spring and I just got my potato onions for the year in as well as many new strawberries, passion fruit vines, and the like. It was a beautiful day here for us! Cleaning up my perennials is probably one of my favourite parts of every Spring no matter where I live. lol!
In my experience in north Florida, any solid color white, black or golden chickens dont last long. Americaunas do great (one lived for ~8 years and her sister is even older now and still laying) and their offspring mixed with multicolored one are awesome.
I really don't want to start over again, with the buckets. But, I've come up with an idea to enclose the top. I'm either going to build the insulated enclosure with an interior support beam to hang them from, or build a mini swing set, with a saw horse, and enclose that.