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I just graduated from the University of Montana on May 4th, 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.76 out of 4.0! Permaculture is my passion, and I intend to gain hands-on experience in permaculture and make the world a better place! It's time enough to stop being angry at the bad guys and get to work making a new world!
At the moment, I am currently looking for farms, intentional communities, and ecovillages that I could be a part of, so that I can get hands-on experience and practical knowledge of permaculture.
I am always available for hire for any in real life or online projects. Just make me an offer, and we can start talking.
Greater Houston, TX US Hardy:9a Annual Precipitation: 44.78" Wind:13.23mph Temperature:42.5-95F
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6 hours ago
I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns!

It does great job of accomplishing its mission to "bridge the gap" from "conventional agri-chemical style solution based practices... to the possibilities offered by compost teas." I think that Compost Teas is a great introductory manual, for the organic and beyond organic grower, to the creation and use of compost teas. This book gives a rock-solid foundation in environmental science, soil biology, and plant life in the beginning chapters, which creates the basis for the rest of the chapters. I believe Compost Teas provides organic and better recipes of compost teas that can be used as natural and cheaper alternative to industrial fertilizers and pesticides. This book is an exceptionally useful start for the beginning gardener or farmer that is trying to become more aligned with nature.

I found the organization of the contents of the book was logical and well done. It starts off with an overview of the history and science behind the organic and beyond organic movements, and it provides a guide on what to expect in the following chapters. There is a strong distinction on what is strictly supported by research papers and what is supported by anecdotal evidence, good observation, or beliefs. This makes it easier for the reader to decide how much of the information in a given chapter or section they wish to trust and apply for themselves. The next few chapters go into explaining the known nutrients that plants need to survive, the environmental cycles of the major nutrients, soil life, and the life interactions above-ground. There are plenty tables, charts, diagrams, and pictures throughout the book that help to more clearly convey the information being presented and make the book useful, later on, as a reference manual.The later chapters go into the practical do-it-yourself stuff of making compost teas to replace fertilizers and pesticides. It then goes on to explain how to make compost, aerated compost tea, and finally alternative practices with compost teas. I found the chapter on alternative practices to be rather interesting, even though I may be a little skeptical about them. I prefer the more ecology-based approaches in permaculture and agroecology. And lastly, there are two wonderful appendices- a glossary that defines a lot of terms that may be unfamiliar to the newly organic grower and another on Steiner's preparations.

I think the references section in the back makes it pretty clear just how much research and literature has been dug through to make sure that the information presented in the book is supported by modern scientific knowledge. Although I understand the frustration that the author seems to have with the reductionist attitudes and thinking of modern science, and the hassling encountered by the publisher, I find this level of dedication and cooperation to work with what knowledge is available and more easily accepted by the general public to be a great stepping stone towards getting the reader to think for themselves and make informed decisions based on their own observations.

I found that the no-nonsense technical writing style used in Compost Teas was effective in convincing a novice conventional gardener or farmer to move onto organic or better practices. Even though this style of writing did not, at least for me, make this book pleasurable to read, I think that it does hone into people at Level 0 or Level 1 of The Wheaton Eco Scale how much more can be done to grow better and healthier food.

Overall, Compost Teas is a good introductory book to organic growing and compost teas.
6 hours ago

Source: Amazon.com

Author - Matthew Dicks
Publisher - New World Library

Summary
New World Library says, "Whether we realize it or not, we are always telling stories. On a first date or job interview, at a sales presentation or therapy appointment, with family or friends, we are constantly narrating events and interpreting emotions and actions. In this compelling book, storyteller extraordinaire Matthew Dicks presents wonderfully straightforward and engaging tips and techniques for constructing, telling, and polishing stories that will hold the attention of your audience (no matter how big or small)."

About the Author
New World Library says, "Matthew Dicks is a bestselling novelist, thirty-six-time Moth StorySLAM champion, and five-time GrandSLAM champion. In addition to his widespread teaching, writing, and performing, he cofounded (with his wife) Speak Up,"

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"Moth StorySLAM at The Bell House on March 4, 2013. The theme of the night was Money. I finished in third place."

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16 hours ago
I saw this little cutie while I was clearing out the small pond of soil and rocks today. I'm not sure if it's a salamander, but whatever it is, I thought it was cool!



I also saw lots of slugs and big ole earthworms while digging, too, and I tried my best to relocate them as soon as I saw them, so I would hurt less of them.
17 hours ago
I think my garden is doing okay. I'm happy to see the volunteer mint growing up and around. I love the taste and smell of it!

17 hours ago
This morning, I made a few more larger patches in the big lower pond today.









I trimmed around and in the smaller upper pond before I started to work on it, so I could see mroe of what's going on here.



I started clearing out the dirt and rocks from the side of the concrete wall of the smaller upper pond.





Progress pictures of the lower and upper ponds

17 hours ago


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"Theory is when you know everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but no one knows why.In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no one knows why:



Image text:
"Thou shalt not try me. Mom 24:7"

(sources: r/funny)
17 hours ago
I'm not sure if there is anything wrong. I'm growing tomatoes for the first time, too, and to me, it appears that is kind of how fruits ripen- starting off as one color (usually green) and then slowly changing color to different color.
For infrastructure, I was thinking that these might be things to consider:
-mulched walkways
-drip irrigation
-rocks to denote garden boundaries
-paddock shift fencing
-paddock shift animal house
-pond islands for a safe place for water fowl
-a footbridge over the spillway between the ponds
-vine trellises
1 day ago
I applied a second coat of primer to all the windows I had reglazed.

1 day ago