Inge Leonora-den Ouden

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Accompanying the gardens (front and back yard) of my rented ground-floor appartment in the transformation to a miniature-food-forest, following permaculture principles (nature's laws) in different aspects of life
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Recent posts by Inge Leonora-den Ouden

Congratulations new Gardeners!
Yummie, turnips!
Where I live turnips (called 'rapen' or 'raapjes' here) are seldom seen in stores. They are considered old-fashioned (or 'forgotten vegetables'). That's why I bought seeds to grow them in my garden.

Jay Angler wrote:Inge Leonora-den Ouden

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.
3 days ago
Anita Martin, if you go to the PEP forum, to PEP Textiles ( you'll see you can get a BB (Badge Bit) for your clothes repairs!
3 days ago

Nicole Anzai wrote:... Anyway I think I have about 30-50m2 to play with in the front and I want to make the most of it. I don't want anybody's land (i'm sure I'd never find any in my area of Japan anyway) but I really want to work through the badges for myself and for fun. It might be a great way to give me the skills and motivation to convert my tiny front garden which is currently mostly just concrete into something productive.  I luckily do have wildlife living here already (highlights include lizards and praying mantises).

The PEP probably won't work on such a tiny scale and since I live in an urban setting (though very much on the outskirts of a big city) with a very tiny garden (though big for Japan nowadays, land prices have rocketed) I can't do as much. I'd like to work through a lot of the PEA cooking (i'm vegan) but I already can do many of them. Still it is fun for me to work through. I will say that some of the suggested cooking ones are very western orientated. For example there are different cooking and chopping/slicing techniques in Japan compared to Europe.

Is the PEA free just to work through for leisure purposes?

Sounds like so much fun!!

Hi Nicole. There is a lot you can do with 30-50 m2 of garden! My front yard is about that size too (but I have a back yard too, the same size). In PEP there are many things (BBs) possible when you have a small garden ... but not PEP gardening.
Both PEP and PEA are free to do as you like. I do it 'for leisure purposes' too, and now already have over 40 BBs (Badge Bits in PEP).
3 days ago
To answer first question: No, I don't have covers or 'cozies' for kitchen appliances. I do my best to keep my counter top as empty as possible. Only dirty things stand there, before washing up. As soon as something is clean, it goes in a cupboard. There it stays clean, is my experience.
My reason to put everything (if possible) out of sight is: my kitchen is small. When the counter top is empty it looks like there is more space.

I do like cozies or 'coozies'.
In my opinion they are meant for keeping warm. A tea cozy goes around the hot pot of tea, to keep the tea as hot as possible for some time. So you can have your second cup of tea later and the temperature is still nice. It's like a thermos. I have plans to make an old fashioned tea cozy in patchwork, with wool filling. And I want to make a bigger version of it to make my 'hay box' (look and work) better.
But a 'coozy' is for keeping a drink cold, like a drink in a can or bottle from the fridge on a hot summer day. I made one out of felted wool and one in the nålbinding technique (of sock yarn).
4 days ago

Jay Angler wrote:Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:

The haybox (in fact it's wool I have in it as insulation, not hay) probably won't work well if the insulation gets humid.

When I use my cotton/wool oven mitts to insulate the top of my slow cooker, the steam does make them damp and I have to make sure I dry them out afterwards instead of just putting them in their drawer. I expect if you left your "wool" box open in a sunny spot it would dry out fine, but I'd be wary of putting plastic there - the heat from inside could possibly seep out and create fumes. I have a silicon mat for baking and that I would trust under the pot if you think the moisture will weep through the bottom?

I have such a silicon mat too. I think I can use that.
But the problem is not afterwards ... I can dry the box, and the wool. 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
4 days ago
Hi Anita. It looks very tasty!

I had a Schlemmertopf meal today too. This was the first time I did not put only vegetables in it, but chicken too. I wanted to do it with a whole chicken, but they were too large. Anyway, no problem, three parts of chicken and a mixture of root vegetables went in the pot.

While it was in the oven, I started thinking about the use of the 'haybox' in combination with that ceramic pot. I don't know if that's possible. The haybox (in fact it's wool I have in it as insulation, not hay) probably won't work well if the insulation gets humid. Anyone here tried it???
5 days ago

Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I have not been stung or poisoned recently so I made a poultice for emergency use late:

Hi Ashley. Is it OK to keep the poultice in the freezer? Won't that influence the medicinal properties?