David Wieland

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Ela La Salle wrote:As one ages...one learns it's O.K. to rely on some help from machines however un-permaculture it may be

I'm not sure how log-splitting relates to permaculture, but when it comes to sustainability, I put my sustainability in first place. Making judicious use of power tools of various kinds (cordless drills, chainsaws both cordless and gas-powered, electric log-splitter, etc.) allows even a 78-year-old to accomplish self-sufficiency tasks that would be too hard or time consuming with only primitive tools.

Anna Demb wrote:
I think this is a great solution, but in my own garden, in addition to slugs and pill bugs, which I can kinda handle, I'm frustrated by small animals (squirrels? skunks?bunnies?) taking bites out of most of the berries and scattering them around the yard, so we humans seldom get any. Anyone have any solutions for that?

I have that experience but no solutions. Judging by the peck holes I've seen also, birds are another strawberry pest, despite their help with insects.

As a temporary solution, I lifted the healthiest plants from the weedy bed and planted them in a soil-filled salvaged length of eavestrough mounted on posts. That seems to protect them from rodents and makes weeding much easier, but it's not much of a bed. I doubt that a truly permanent strawberry patch is possible. The only low maintenance berries I know of grow on bushes and vines, and even those need timely tending for a good crop.
2 weeks ago

paul wheaton wrote: So I am trying to figure out a way to at least gain what I need from this:  to make the table more readable.

One way to make the table more readable is to spread the image over multiple pages that can then be taped or otherwise fastened together. That way you avoid the considerable cost of specialty printing, and anyone with a colour printer can do the job. See "How to print an image or poster on multiple pages" (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/print-large-image-multiple-pages-4-steps-using-microsoft-paint/) for an example.
1 month ago

Jay Angler wrote:Do you feel you could rename it something like "design challenges"? To me that would sound less negative.

What's negative about problems? Life is full of them, and they motivate us to address them. Sometimes deeper understanding leads us to realize they aren't what we initially thought and may not be problems at all. The rest of the time our efforts lead to solutions -- and oftentimes developing new skills.
2 months ago

Tereza Okava wrote:
So now we are stuck on standard time and quite frankly it's terrible. It gets dark really early, even in the summer, it's dark in the morning, even in the summer the days feel so short.

What are you calling summer? If it's the time of winter in the northern hemisphere, then of course the days are shorter. But except for the equator, where day and night are always the same, day length changes throughout the year regardless of time zone. It's not possible for warm season days to be short.
2 months ago

Ray Yeti wrote:I propose a compromise:
Permanently change time to a half hour ahead...

So you think Newfoundland Time might be a good model 🤔?
2 months ago

Riona Abhainn wrote:
So I want perminent daylight savings time.  I know some people disagree though.  I have big feelings about it.

Permanent daylight savings time = standard time one zone east. There Is no effect on day length. The semi-annual shift forces a shift in sleep and awake times, with well-known negative consequences. If you want light later in your day, you can shift your awake time to start an hour earlier. But for most people, starting the day in the dark is unpleasant at best, and that would happen far more and more often, especially at northern latitudes in the winter, if the time zone is shifted eastward.
2 months ago
I've used a number of 12x12" salvaged tiles in the garden to hold down cardboard mulch, mainly in the paths between rows. Mine are porcelain and easily stand up to being walked on, but I imagine that softer ones would work too if well supported.
2 months ago

Nancy Reading wrote:It does look like the original veritas tool is no longer made. I guess you could contact them directly and see if they have any old stock around.
I found this information sheet online which suggests that the taper is 16 degrees (so included angle would be 32 degrees). It suggests making a hole to depth with a 1/8th inch drill bit and the using the tool to taper it. Maybe that would help an engineering company find a substitute bit for you if neccessary.

That's a great find, between giving comprehensive instruction on the grafting method and confirming that the tapered bit is for reaming out a drilled hole. The package photo in an earlier post says the bit was made in France, so it wasn't among the products that Lee Valley's Veritas operation manufactured.
It might be worth contacting the Veritas people to find out if anyone there knows their source.
3 months ago

T Melville wrote:
I take it to mean 23° off the axis of the cylinder meaning the triangular cross section of the sharpened part has 67° base angles and a 46° point, but it could mean 23° measured another way.

It looks like a 23° included angle, which is about as wide as you could go without having a scion easily loosen. I noticed that the bit was made in France, so that might still be a source.
3 months ago