Lif Strand

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since Sep 02, 2019
New Mexico USA zone 6
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I used to have annoying floaters and I just realized after seeing this forum that now I don't.  I have no idea what I did, unfortunately, except that I do take various nutritional supplements.  I have a feeling -- not any scientific knowledge -- that it might be milk thistle, which is great for the liver.  Traditional Chinese medicines include milk thistle and dandelion for liver tonics.  Also, chronic inflammation seems to be associated with eye floaters and I'm a long-term Golden Paste (turmeric) user.  
2 hours ago

paul wheaton wrote:

Lif Strand wrote:Forgive me for being a dummy about this, but I'm not sure how to use my affiliate number that I've already got set up.  I see on the 'permies affiliate management' page that there's a list of products I can get a link for to share with others, but I don't see the Kickstarter greenhouse there.  But I see at the top of this page that there is a kickback for it.  

So are these two different things?  If I can't get a link through my already set up affiliate dashboard, could I get a link here, please?



Yup, you need a whole different link.  Here is the link for the kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/greenhouse-1?ref=qo83lh



Thank you!
Forgive me for being a dummy about this, but I'm not sure how to use my affiliate number that I've already got set up.  I see on the 'permies affiliate management' page that there's a list of products I can get a link for to share with others, but I don't see the Kickstarter greenhouse there.  But I see at the top of this page that there is a kickback for it.  

So are these two different things?  If I can't get a link through my already set up affiliate dashboard, could I get a link here, please?

paul wheaton wrote:

Lif Strand wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:The monthly-ish has been sent.


I haven't seen it yet (maybe it'll come closer to 12 hours from when sent) but I didn't wait -- I'm in already!



I just checked the status - it's not even halfway done!



I was too anxious to wait.  This is a GREAT kickstarter!  
1 week ago

paul wheaton wrote:The monthly-ish has been sent.


I haven't seen it yet (maybe it'll come closer to 12 hours from when sent) but I didn't wait -- I'm in already!
1 week ago
I wish I could have a walkable meadow here in western NM but what gets walked on tends to die.  

In fact, one way I keep certain weeds down is to walk on them specifically to stunt or kill them.  Tansy mustard [Descurainia sophia] (a.k.a. flixweed, khaksheer) is one of them -- though walking on them only works when the plant is small.  It's a non-native invasive species, toxic to livestock if eaten in quantity.  It loves disturbed soil so it grows particularly aggressively around my house and garden areas.   While it's very young it does look pretty -- a rare lush green in the arid summer before monsoon rains come in.  When it matures though, it's prickly and when it dries out,  it is scratchy,the broken bits get everywhere, and worst of all the prickly bits get in your skin and are practically impossible to get out.  Unfortunately tansy mustard puts out lots and lots of seeds, so it's an uphill struggle to get rid of it. The seeds are considered medicinal so I suppose I could figure out a way to harvest them.  

If anybody has a successful high-altitude semi-desert meadow lawn they can walk on without getting stickers in their bare feet I'd sure love to know what plants to use.

The plants in the foreground of the photo are the tansy mustard.  The other stuff that looks like grass is grass.
1 week ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:Lif, I don't think there's any reason why you have to do it close to 2:00pm. It IS exciting watching the numbers go up when the kickstarter goes life, but by no means necessary! You just want to make sure to support during the Early Bird window, which lasts until Thursday at 2:00pm


Thank you!  I'll be sure to get in on the Early Bird!
1 week ago
I just realized I won't be home at 2 PM Mountain Time tomorrow.  Is there any reason I couldn't wait till evening to sign up or is there a reason to make sure I do it as close to 2 PM as possible?
1 week ago

paul wheaton wrote:stuff we still need to get done:
x write to all people with an f-code


What is an f-code?  I Googled it and it could be mental health diagnosis code... but that's probably not what you mean.
2 weeks ago
I don't have a south-facing slope I can use, so if/when I build one it'll be on level ground.  I am super concerned about the hole flooding, though.  Maybe the greywater system will address that?

I'm also concerned about keeping small critters out. It's so dry here in my part of NM during late spring/early summer that small varmints will eat anything that provides moisture, such as seedlings and even older plants. The greenhouse would be a super attraction to them. Then there are snakes that will come in if small critters come in, and I don't love the idea of a rattlesnake choosing my greenhouse to hibernate in the winter. And of course, moles and gophers.  So I hope I can figure out how to make a wofati greenhouse I build critter-proof.

2 weeks ago