tel jetson

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since May 17, 2007

zone 7? 8?: woodland, washington and portland, oregon. grower, builder, beekeeper, engineer.
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Ari Persian wrote:Should I use any Dye Modifiers before or after on the fabric like like Iron?

like oak gall, kakishibu has a whole lot of tannin in it. if you've got enough, you may as well experiment.
1 week ago
sounds fun.

I've seen some kakishibu denim jeans before. very expensive. as with indigo denim, only the warp was dyed.

the only idea I've got is applying it to the outside rather than soaking the whole garment. the only fabric I've done with kakishibu was some canvas shoes, and I brushed it on the outside. the color has held up well for at least five years. better than the soles...
1 week ago
haven't had much luck finding information about this. I recently started noticing mites on the adult soldier flies that hang around my bin. they look a lot like the phoretic mites that afflict honeybees, though I'm sure that's just because my vision isn't the best. some of the flies don't have any, some have just one or two, and a few seem to be just about covered with them.

this concerns me. the flies with a lot of these little parasites on them seem to really struggle. instead of flying around looking for a special friend, they spend all their time futilely trying to brush the mites off with their legs. even the flies that only have a couple seem a lot more lethargic than I'm used to. if these are something black soldier flies have adapted to, it seems likely that the BSF females will stop laying eggs in my bin, which would be terrible.

the one very brief reference I found to mites on soldier flies was a picture of one on a larva. I haven't noticed any on the larvae yet, but they're wiggly little nosers, so it's more difficult to check and I don't know for sure that there aren't also mites on the larvae.

anybody else seen anything like this?
1 month ago

know what kind it is? looks a little like a gypsy moth.
3 months ago

S Bengi wrote:Does that mean that you are allergic to the fungi yeast. How about anti-biotic alot of them are fungi based.

seems to be just a few particular fungi. only two species of mushrooms and tempeh that I know of.
3 months ago
IBC (intermediate bulk carrier) tote? 275- and 330-gallon are common sizes.
3 months ago
the fungus, unfortunately. I have problems with some very delicious mushrooms, too. c'est la vie.
3 months ago
you're making it very hard to be allergic to tempeh, Judith.
3 months ago
I'm not an authority on this by any means, but I would think a vapor barrier under the foam board would be enough if you were able to level the surface well enough.

mostly, though, I'm posting to say that looks like a real nice place.
4 months ago
tonic water would do it, though it's often pretty sweet so you might want to ease up on the honey. I think bark from Remijia species is most often used to flavor tonic water. not sure how easy that is to get hold of.
4 months ago