Lesley Verbrugge

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Back in France after six years living on a sail boat in SE Asia. Discovered Permaculture (on permies.com) when researching RMH in 2015 and appreciated the help and support I received in that forum. Thanks to this website husband and I are embracing permaculture and enjoying the way our attitudes are changing towards many things, and how we're reaping the nutritional rewards. I completed the OSU online intro to permaculture in 2015 which opened my eyes to so much. Successfully completed Geoff Lawtons online PDC in 2018. Have had a life-long interest in Herbal Medicines, crafts and community. Love this website!
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8 months ago

Marisa Lee wrote:This is the year I'll ... And maybe I'll make capers from ox-eye daisy buds. Once I learn how to use a 'problem' plant, it bothers me less.

This thread and the one about the oxeye daisy has made me rethink both hostas and Daisies. I love the daisies, but they were taking over. Now I can't wait for the buds!! I posted a link in another thread, but here's a caper recipe for anyone who's interested!

eatweeds.co.uk oxeye daisy page
10 months ago
Short answer, yes you can make capers from Ox-eye daisies

Longer answer: How interesting to see this post, Last week I received my newsletter from Robin Harwood famous British forager of Eatweeds fame and it was all about Ox-eye Daisy
here's the link from the newsletter Eatweeds.co.uk with recipes!
10 months ago
Hi Anthony,

From Vid 2 of that series it seems you just need to know your sample size and your dilution rate then methodically track the objective over the slide log the life then extrapolate back. I found a science project worksheet but that only relates to bacteria. Once again, thanks, your question brought this up higher on my wishlist!

10 months ago
Hi Anthony,

For some reason my post posted twice but here's that link for bacteria counting https://www.tmcc.edu/microbiology-resource-center/lab-protocols/soil-macromorphology

Best of luck!
10 months ago
I used your question as a web search and found this webpage (amongst other stuff which need a lab and agar agar plates!) and the first of four youtube vids

So what I've learned if I understood correctly is that if you want to count your bacteria, you need specialist equipment to sample, culture, count and then mathematically extrapolate from your results, which is not 'basic'! I have done it, years ago. If you know how to do the maths, you can count the life in a given sample size and extrapolate that.  If you want to observe the range of life in your soil, which will tell you quite a bit, that's easier and those videos will help.

Thanks for posting the question instead of just doing your own search, as this is something I've been meaning to explore for myself for a while.
10 months ago

paul wheaton wrote:

Lesley Verbrugge wrote:Hi Paul,

I backed the kickstarter and opted to donate physical books as I'm in europe, but seem to have missed the email where I could ask for a couple of ebooks for myself, is it too late?


pop over to the kickstarter support forum and we will make sure that you get exactly what you want


Many thanks Paul, I found them all in "Gifts I manage", wow I have a load of goodies, had no idea there was so much there. I must have missed the Skip book questionnaire as I wanted the printed copies to go to a good cause, as the shipping to Europe is so onerous. Not been well, so have an excuse for being dumb!  Thanks for another great kickstarter.
10 months ago

Angelika Maier wrote:I would like to have a solution which works safely outside without mains power. I am trying the muck bed method but it is apparently not overly reliable.

We had great results from our hot bed.

Use fresh horse muck, turn the pile until the heat gets going, I only had about 30 cms depth (which is under what's recommended) I put 6" topsoil on that. Raised seedlings in pots inside a plastic coldframe sat on top of the bed, and then when big enough, planted straight into the bed.  Held 20 C from mid February into May - our last frost is 15th may. I was amazed how the heat just kept going. Biggest fastest Tomatoes/peppers/aubergines I've ever raised. The hardest part was collecting up the muck from the field in cold weather!

Search online for "Victorian Hot bed" lots of resources out there. My understanding is that your muck has to be fresh, and horse is better, though you can use cow muck if its mixed with carbon (leaves/straw)
10 months ago
Hi Paul,

I backed the kickstarter and opted to donate physical books as I'm in europe, but seem to have missed the email where I could ask for a couple of ebooks for myself, is it too late?

11 months ago
Hi Aurora,

When I got a notification of a new post here, I headed over excited to see who else had logged their build. LOL
This page is for the BB submissions for a J-tube Rocket Mass Heater see details at the top of the page!
You probably need to move over to another forum.
As far as I know you don't need a RMassH for the cooking badges, you need a Rocket oven or rocket hob/J tube
My understanding is that the smallest (and still efficient) J tube is 6" square, and that the dimensions, whatever they are need to be the same for feed tube, burn chamber and chimney, but head to the building forum for expert help, and to the specific cooking BB for advice there.
Regards and best of luck
1 year ago