Jay Angler

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I live on a small acreage near the ocean and amidst tall cedars, fir and other trees.
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Cade Johnson wrote:Speaking of jeans, the knees on mine always go out first. I noticed that I got a blob of white elastomeric concrete roof sealer on a pair of work pants and it has passed completely unaltered through several wash cycles. So I am thinking of painting knee patches on ALL my work pants now; maybe will help preserve the knees a little longer?

My approach is to double reinforce them *before* they get a hole. If you can find/adopt/scrounge a dead pair of jeans, the fabric on the back of the lower legs is usually in fairly good shape and makes an ideal patch. I also believe in, "go big, or go home". If I skimp on the size of the patch, Hubby or my son will just get a hole right above the patch!

I sewed my boys clothing when they were small. I used to triple reinforce the right knee and double reinforce the left, and they were usually just getting to the too disreputable for school use when the younger one was about to outgrow them!
11 hours ago
In my climate, paper pots go mouldy if you don't leave a bit of an air gap. So the upcycled plastic version holds a maximum of 8 pots. If you look carefully is doubled up as a single was too brittle after 2 years of use.

The "donated" warming tray will hold 12 pots without taking up much more real-estate on my window ledge. It is tall enough to support my 3" pots. The trouble will be to find more of these at a reasonable price - preferably used. That said, I am quite prepared to spend money on a product that will do the job indefinitely, I just don't like adding to my embodied energy foot print if I don't have to.

If anyone is *ever* building a house, *please* make the window ledges wide enough to seriously hold plants! The window in the picture is 16 ft wide. Getting a piece of wood long enough to widen the ledge will be a PITA*, but I admit I'm getting desperate as I don't see a greenhouse in my near future.

*pain in the ass - hard to get really long wood home
15 hours ago

Carla Burke wrote:... we bought a house with a drop-off, 6ft from the south side of the house, lol.

Hmmm... A tiered garden with rock retaining walls and the beds about 3 ft wide? Earth sheltered at least?
That said, I've seen pictures of your idea of a "drop-off" and "cliff" might be a closer description?
16 hours ago

paul wheaton wrote:But part of my brain niggles me about doing even better than that.  How do I make this even cheaper and easier?

This won't necessarily be cheaper, but I was just thinking of trying a couple of "restaurant warming trays" to hold a group of my paper pots. I've got one an acquaintance abandoned here that I cleaned up that I will experiment with later today.

I'm guilty of using upcycled plastic bins that were available free from a local food place. However, that place closed during the economic downturn a couple of years ago, and the old ones are definitely getting brittle as they age. I am reticent to replace them with more plastic, even if I was taking single use plastic and giving it a more honourable lifespan. I don't have the space with sunshine to try GAMCOD, but I do want to make my homestead more sustainable, so I've been looking for an alternative.

I wish I had better luck with direct seeding, but alas, I haven't found the magic way to make it work in my climate/space. It's also on my list to try seed balls to see if that's what it might take.
17 hours ago
Bamboo definitely has temperature ranges, and you may be experiencing "range intolerance". Average doesn't always mean plants can handle the extreme years.

That said:
1. I've read that bamboo *love* leaves on the ground - so I'd consider a little decorative fencing a good few feet out from and encircling your patch, and fill it full of all the dead fall leaves you can. This may help insulate the ground just enough from the extreme cold, that the plants would be happier.
2. Bamboo is considered a heavy feeder. The year I had the duckies bathtub drain pipe moving around my dulcis bamboo patch, the following spring it went a little berserk.
3. Item 2 notwithstanding, the ducks got moved due to a dangerous tree, and the next year I lost more culms than was typical. Was it the lack of summer water, or the extremely wet winter, it's hard to know.
4. Be careful what you wish for... if the plant grows too fast for it's roots, it may also grow less strong culms and be more prone to snow damage. I've got a pile of pruning to do on my due to the heavy snowfall we had this year.
5. I've also read that bamboo counts on its standing stems to support spring growth needs. Thus, even if you can get it growing bigger this year, I'd *really* hesitate to remove any culms that are alive. The healthier you can get the plant before harvesting any of it, the better its long term productivity is likely to be.
6. Portable fencing and a visit for a day or 2 each week by your chickens to "fertilize in situ" might not hurt either?
17 hours ago

Leigh Tate wrote: Of course, when our summer days hit the 90s, I not so sure anything will help.

The glass roof will give more light into the house windows during the winter. You could consider getting some sort of shade cloth or semi-rigid material to cover the greenhouse roof during the worst of the summer. The trouble with this plan is that anything that doesn't tolerate a lot of UV won't last long, but if you only put it up June to Sept, and store it out of the sun the rest of the year, it might be worth the bother.
17 hours ago
Thekla McDaniels wrote:

MY Synopsis: tomatoes have more diverse nutrients, apples have more calories.  And it’s only in overfed populations that calories are not an advantage.  As some one noted apples keep “better”, and with less effort.

I'm pretty sure I read years ago that tomatoes were a major source of nutrition in North America.

Since I tend to run into blood sugar troubles, that skews my opinion. I can grab and eat a tomato out of hand and feel OK. If I do the same with an apple, I tend to spike and crash.

The link you provided, Thekla, confirms what my body tells me!

Yes, apples will store in just a cold cellar, but I find that they are major mouse attracters.

Yes, processing tomatoes into sauce and canning it is both more work and more energy than storing a bin of apples.

However, my family is generally not keen on meals that use sweet ingredients, whereas, tomato sauce or salsa, makes them happy.
1 day ago

Joylynn Hardesty wrote:

Jay Angler wrote: My friend slices them thinly and bakes them until they're crispy. I could ask her for a specific instructions if you want.

Oven temperature would help poor little me.

My Friend says:

Just use a mandolin to slice them thinly. Don’t bother peeling.
Shallow or deep fry them until they turn golden. Drain well. Salt lightly as for potato chips.  

When she "shallow" fries things, it's in her big cast iron frying pan.

Hope this helps!
1 day ago

Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:Put the goose in water with a bit of salt for about 24 hrs., then rinse and cook your meat the way you intended, usually baked, on a rack so you can harvest the fat if you kept the skin on..

What temperature and cooking time/pound do you use? I'm struggling to get my goose to be tender when I cook them. Mind you, I haven't had many to practice on as we don't have enough space to raise too many.
2 days ago

Cris Fellows wrote:Are there actual recipes with sunchokes???

My friend slices them thinly and bakes them until they're crispy. I could ask her for a specific instructions if you want.
2 days ago