Nicole Alderman wrote:
Thank you for this! I see this plant when I walk with my kids down our private road, and I've been wondering what it was!
Jeremy Baker wrote:I’m 90% convinced it is a massive patch of P. Waterleaf. This range map I found shows it as absent from my county, Skagit, and Snohomish, but I found it in Whatcom County. Thanks for turning me onto it. It’s not flowering yet.
Kate Downham wrote:The recent coronavirus outbreak has me wondering about ways to not catch contagious things. Do you have any ideas of herbs that would help? And the best way to use them for this purpose?
Some ideas of mine:
Car diffuser with a ‘thieves’ blend of essential oils Making some kind of stuff to put on hands after touching things in shops and public places - would a tea made from a particular herb be good for this? Or a kind of salve made with herbs and/or essential oils? Do you have any recipes for something like this to share? Maybe a salve with thieves essential oils in it to rub on the wrists and smell often? Would putting a salve made with smelly herbs or very diluted essential oils below the nose help? Boosting immunity with lots of vitamin C (I started a separate thread about this here)
Do you have any ideas?
Mark Brunnr wrote:Yeah I've found that I strike a balance between lowest price and let's call it "collateral damage" where getting the cheapest price has other costs you may want to consider. For example I like buying certain foods like beans, lentils, oats, and rice in bulk, and I bring back the bags I used last time, or reuse other plastic bags. Once home I refill the 1 gallon glass jars and put the bags back in the big cloth bag for the next trip. If a loss leader might save me a few bucks for a purchase that lasts a few months, but I end up with additional trash I can't reuse, then I have to decide if it's worth it in that case.
I've been testing myself as far as minimizing trash, even recycling, as I will eventually be on a property where there is no trash pickup and the recycling center is 20 miles away for me to take a load in there. Since some paper waste can be reused my goal has been minimizing the rest, and I'm down to 1 can of recycling per month, and outside of my dog's waste I haven't had to put out the regular trash can in the last 6 months.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
(Additionally, I once attempted to put castor oil on a pimple near my eye, and got castor oil in my eye. So NOT fun!! Isn't it nice when we can learn from others' mistakes? )
Nicole Alderman wrote:I am very excited to announce the FOUR WINNERS of this awesome book. Drum roll please....
I'll be sending each of you a PM--please respond by Monday to claim your book!
Thank you so much, Jim Reiland and Bob Theis, for answering so many questions. You have really gifted all of us with your knowledge. Thank you again!!!
Mariah Wallener wrote:We're planning to build a home on our property (we're in an ancient mobile right now) and originally I was going to go with Cob, but I'm concerned about it's low insulative properties. I didn't think strawbale was an option since our climate is quite wet (i.e. high humidity in winter). Then I read a blog for strawbale building that claims it's not an issue. There are many cob houses around here but I don't know of any completely strawbale ones offhand (I heard of one person who put strawbale on the north wall, see below).
Here's my technical question: strawbale (and cob) allow water vapour to pass through the walls. The idea is that in winter, when people tend to be staying indoors alot and interior moisture content is high, the water vapour migrates outside through the walls because it's presumed that when it's cold outside it is not also humid. However, in our region we have mild wet winters and humidity can be high, so what happens when you have high humidity on both sides of the wall? Not a problem with cob, but with strawbale if the moisture doesn't migrate through the wall (because it's roughly equal on both sides) then it can sit in the wall and that is not a Good Thing when you have straw in there.
One person I spoke to last year (local) said they used strawbale on their north facing walls but put 4 inches of cob on either side (interior wall and exterior wall) to address this concern. I'm trying to figure out the mechanism by which this helps reduce the problem I mentioned above.
Tom Haile wrote:For making coffee. I put medium ground coffee in a big mason jar filled with water and put it in the frig for a day. Then I strain out a cup. Cold brew coffee eliminates the need for a heat source.
Has anyone tried sun brewed coffee?