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Phil Stevens

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I'm no expert, as I have only begun the journey of making and using these teas myself. I don't think there would be any harm in just making it a habit and giving them to all your trees as a preventative measure. The enhanced microbial activity is bound to be good for everything, and by making your trees more resilient you might not have these problems in the future.
2 days ago
It appears the "patient" may be making a recovery. I wouldn't be too worried about the other one. That looks more like late-season wear and tear on the older leaves, including some insect munching on one of them (the area that only has ribs remaining - probably a caterpillar). The newer leaves near the tip of the branch look great and you're headed into autumn now, so just keep up the therapy on the first tree if you like.
2 days ago
Rickie Lee Jones sang a song about this....
1 week ago
I've looked on a couple of other forums and some people use a small caliber gun pointed at the back of the head and aimed toward the tip of the nose. That seems like it would work and avoids the possibility that you would have an agitated animal underneath you as you ready the throat cut.
Hi John, and welcome to permies!

Slitting the throat, when done quickly and cleanly, is very humane. The key is slicing through the carotid artery. This causes an immediate loss of blood to the brain, and unconsciousness happens within seconds. It looks a lot worse than it is, because of all the blood and the way that the animal will thrash and kick when systems are shutting down.

The problem with shooting, according to my homekill butcher, is that you don't have a very big target on a goat (or sheep, alpaca or other medium-size livestock), and there's a greater risk of wounding without stunning. Here most cattle are shot with a .22 and this stuns them so that the throat can be cut, but sheep and goats just get the knife.

I'm a sucker for all things Dune. I'll watch it.
1 week ago
Internal combustion is a big source of NOx, and that requires compression so that could be a factor. N in the fuel is also a contributor in the case of some coal and low quality heating oil. Wood is clean by comparison.

[Edited to add] NOx Wikipedia says "At high temperatures, usually above 1600 °C (2900 °F), molecular nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2) in the combustion air dissociate into their atomic states and participate in a series of reactions."
1 week ago
I'm pretty sure that wood fires don't normally get hot enough to produce any meaningful amounts of NOx. I think you need well over 1200C before that happens.
1 week ago
Not much can compete with the mighty, unpredictable NZ MOSS CHICKEN.

Video of the MOSS CHICKEN in terrifying action
1 week ago
I had one crack quite far down in a bucket, and didn't discover it until we had eaten all the eggs above it. They were all fine.
1 week ago