j brun

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Dandelions will flower tight to the ground, out of reach of the mower blades, if cut at the right/wrong time. If you are planning a garden, a layer of large leaves, paper, or cardboard, and a few inches thick pile of leaves/woodchips will likely suppress most of them. The thicker the mulching the better, and whatever grows back are usually easy to harvest.. and/or you could also loosen up the soil with a garden fork or broadfork and harvest the roots as you go.
If you aren't in a rush, you could let them flower for a while before they start making seeds, then collect the flowers for a recipe. At this point they are putting a lot of energy above ground so it would likely be a good time to do whatever form of suppressing you choose.
1 day ago
In-line water filters for RVs are available that use standard hose fittings. I haven't tried them yet, so I'm not sure of the resistance it will create. If you have enough pressure and your water usage is low enough, you may be able to attach one before your barrels.
I think the same principles would apply to many types of filters. If you want to save on cartridge replacements you can maybe have a separate barrel/pump for filtered water for drinking/showering.
We use a berkey for drinking water and the original filters are still going after a year of use.


5 days ago
For plants, I think a good place to start would be to look into high ph tolerant ones.
I've planted some seedling irises that I started under the canopy of some pines in deep shade. They are growing but very slowly and will likely never flower there. They're said to be good at water clean-up and can handle high ph. I have bearded iris, but I've considered using yellow flag iris in some sort of raised bed/container for a future grey-water system project. I've read that it can handle more water and higher ph, but they are apparently pretty invasive.
Cattails are another useful but somewhat invasive plant under the right conditions. I'm not sure how much shade they can tolerate though.

Seaberry is a shrub that is tolerant of high ph and road salts, coastlines being one of its native habitats. Caragana is another higher ph tolerant shrub. I have both growing near our driveway/road where snow gets piled from the plow-pass all winter and they seem to do well there. They do require a good amount of sun though, and would likely need to be a bit mature before being able to handle that amount of water.  
Another possibility would be to make a charcoal/sand filter and run the water through that first. I like the let it sit and evaporate method as well.  
I had a neighbor who I made a drop spindle for. She was going to spin the massive amount of shedding she brushed/collected from her couple of samoyeds. I did some research prior to making the drop spindle and found another lady spinning dog fur, also using samoyeds.  
2 weeks ago
It might be worth looking into Solomon's Seal root tincture. It seems to provide some immediate as well as longer lasting effects that can help the healing process, specifically for joints/tendons etc. I've used it several times with good results, and have a couple family members who have tried it and said the same, for various reasons.
3 weeks ago
Hey Louise.
I’d likely plant dwarf fruit trees in these locations, in this order/priority, (1,2,3 in the picture I hope to have attached properly.) This is the general idea, but I would then go stand in these spots and place a stake/stone where I can stand facing south and see the most unobstructed view of where the sun travels throughout the growing season, within those locations. Maybe then I would find a better spot.. but this is probably where I would start. I would also try to avoid blocking the other plants if possible, (or move them if it's worth it,) although the arborvitae and maples would likely be fine either way. To find the sun angles you can check sites like suncalc.net and there are similar apps as well.

3 weeks ago
The best I could find for a link to the online event was in the FAQ.

"Are we allowed to record audio/video at the event?
No, recording or live streaming of the event is strictly prohibited. We encourage you to take pictures! Replays of the workshop will be available after the event through.." https://livefree.academy/

Towards the bottom of that page are links to social media stuff, including a youtube link for John Bush, one of the organizers. Perhaps he will have a live-stream, or upload there afterwards..

Thank you to all who are involved with this event!!  
2 months ago
Great work! My 6yo daughter has been using the first one for a few days now and really likes it. She suggested maybe a pollinator habitat flower garden for the new one. Thank you for sharing them!

2 months ago
Sorry to hear about the situation. I've been in similar many times.

Maybe a dehumidifier would be more affordable to get to the ideal humidity.

I'm not sure if it's possible as I haven't actually tried it yet, but maybe taping a sheet of plastic at the bottom and forming it into a funnel to collect the water for later use would be a temporary solution.
If it worked, maybe a silicon bead could attach something that allows to take the sheet off and on without using more tape etc., maybe a zipper.?

3 months ago