Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
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My guess would be that what you grew was probably the garlic you got from your friend.

For folks wanting to grow garlic, this is a really great thread:
35 minutes ago
Thank you for sharing.

That is an interesting concept, using potato starch instead of corn starch.

Would potato starch be something like instant potatoes?

I keep a box for instant mashed potatoes.  I have read that this product can be used to make thickening in things like soup and gravy though I have not tried using it.
45 minutes ago
I feel that protection from the sun is very important.

Big hats and long sleeve sheets offer protection.

My recommendation is to use a clay product to cover the other areas.

I would suggest making a salve from a mixture of plantain, self-heal, and red clover.

For the oil, you could just use what oil you normally use like olive or or coconut oil.

If you have clay soil you could use that for the based, just mix it use daily then spread where you want protection.

Avocado might work in place of the clay.

Just start experimenting and see what you can come up with.
1 hour ago
Nourishing Traditions is a really good book to have.

Has your doctor given you a diet plan to use?  

Have you tried making bone broth?  If it doesn't give you a problem then try cooking the rice using the bone broth for the water.

If vegetables don't cause a problem, try making a soup with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes using the bone broth as a base.

I wish I could after more suggestions.
2 hours ago
Dear hubby bought his leather rivets on Amazon:
18 hours ago
Here are a couple of threads about the Willow Feeder at Wheaton Labs:

Here are the latest YouTube:

You might also enjoy the tour:

There is also a BB (badge Bit) if you build one:
18 hours ago
I would suggest taking omega-three vitamins or better eating foods high in omega threes.
23 hours ago
This article suggests that "A passive solar system consists of only five basic components." The article goes on to list what those 5 components are.

Basically, the gist of the article suggests adding a sunroom to an existing home to make it passive solar.

In Florida, I have seen lots of homes with sunrooms many times enclosing a pool.
23 hours ago
While I can't answer your question, I am fascinated by the phrase "High Bicarbonate well water".

I am trying to figure out if your well water is different from mine.

My well water is filtered through tons of limestone rock.

I describe my water as alkaline.  Is my water different from yours?

When I ask Mr. Google I was told that alkaline water is sold in bottles or I can add baking soda aka bicarbonate of soda to my water to make alkaline water.
1 day ago
I am sorry no one has answered your question.

Your post has many acronyms/abbreviations that folks may not know the meaning of.

My suggestion would be not to worry about all the disaccharides in foods and to eat a no-carbohydrate diet.

For other folks who may not know what disaccharides are:

What Foods Contain Disaccharides? There are three main types of disaccharides: lactose, sucrose, and maltose. Lactose is found in dairy products while maltose is found in germinating grains as well as malted foods and beverages. Sucrose is also known as table sugar but can also be found in some fruits and veggies. › en-us › disaccharides
1 day ago