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Comment by Randy Jamrok on Tuesday

Just a FYI for anyone interested that someone is doing a printing of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Map T-shirts until December 12th. 


Thought some here might be interested! 

Comment by Yury Smirnov on September 13, 2017 at 8:01am

A good notice for organic gardeners, permaculture enthusiasts and homesteaders: we have more then 200 varieties of heirloom organic seeds produced in Russian family homesteads. Please feel free to browse them here: http://ecominded.net/heirloom-seeds.html - place an order and share with friends! ))) 

Comment by Yury Smirnov on September 5, 2017 at 6:48am

My dear friends,
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Comment by Yury Smirnov on July 1, 2017 at 5:15am

My dear friends,
I thought you might be interested in this Abundance of Water Garden & Home eco webinar, created by my friend Alosha, which is starting online next week - for free: https://ou369.isrefer.com/go/1618/yury/
In these 3 online video tutorials you will learn:
* How to transform your garden & home into a living paradise whilst getting 5 uses from waste water
* A full tour of our off the water grid garden with 4 types of DIY discrete water storage options
* How all the different homemade water eco systems work together in a city garden
* How to safely utilise all of your kitchen water in your garden though a start to finish DIY project
* How to completely avoid water restrictions
Click here to join the Garden & Home Webinar: 

Comment by Rebecca Wilson on June 17, 2017 at 4:38pm

Natural Building Internship

This announcement comes from Community Rebuilds.  Looks like a 5-6 month internship for natural building. Check it out for some quality hands on training.

Comment by Bryce Ruddock on April 27, 2017 at 2:46pm

To counter the hornets, yellowjackets, bald faced hornets and their sort try a home made bottle trap. Best size we have ever made was to use a 16 ounce disposable (recyclable) water bottle cut to the specs as in the following link.  https://macgyverisms.wonderhowto.com/how-to/make-homemade-bee-wasp-... Their are all sorts of baits but what has worked best for us has been beer. Just be sure to replace it every morning. The hornets are ususally dead by then. Using beer helps keep bees out of the bait. This works very well and it has been our go to remedy for hornet attacks while camping along the Mississippi in western WI. For Japanese beetles  we use a wide mouth canning jar with lid. Knock the beetles into the jar and quickly put the lid on. Place jar in the hot sun. When beetle/s are dead you can feed them to the chickens or to fish.

Regarding what to plant with bramble fruits keep in mind that at least in the case of raspberries you will need to remove dead canes every spring and allow the new ones to pop up where they will in the case of the early season one crop types. The ever bearing varieties are slightly different. Blackberries usually get trained on wires to keep them from running rampant. Beneath the brambles you can plant spring flowering bulbs, Virginia bluebells, and other low plants. We use those as well as bulbs, mints, oregano, soapwort, and Echinaceas. As an overstory we have had them growing beneath a green ash for years (tree since removed) along with dogwood trees, American persimmon, and rugosa roses. Other than needing to be careful around the thorny roses picking the berries has never been a problem. We have never had a bee or hornet problem with the bramble berries or even with strawberries here. That is probably because there is so much else for them to feast on. Diversify the area around the berries as much as possible and  things should come into balance in a few years.

Comment by Mark Warren Bankert on April 12, 2017 at 5:46pm

What are good plants to go with bramble fruits, raspberries, blackberries etc.  The raspberries we had at our previous home would get decimated  by hornets, sap beetles and japanese beetles, the fruit that is.  Is there any way to prevent this from happening.  We are starting a new patch.

Comment by Bryce Ruddock on April 5, 2017 at 9:36am

Morels are not suitable for stump culture but here is a source for the spawn of two Morchellus species, black morels, and common morels. http://www.fungi.com/product-detail/product/morchella-angusticeps-c...

Additionally you can get some very, very good strains of shiitake from Field annd Forest located in Peshtigo , Wisconsin. https://www.fieldforest.net/

Comment by Mark Warren Bankert on March 30, 2017 at 6:08pm

Thanks for the suggestions of inoculating the stump. We love morals.  Do you know a good source for moral spore?

BTW Bradley we are starting a permaculture farm at Bluffton Ohio which is about 2 hours northwest of Columbus.

Comment by Bryce Ruddock on March 30, 2017 at 5:08pm

We took down a 55 inch diameter silver maple two years ago that was about a5 feet from the house foundation corner. It was fairly hollow from near ground level up to 10 fee4t. The cut was at 4 feet from the ground so we filled it with growing medium, soil, peat moss, and decomposed wood chips and leaves and have been using it for a herb bed for pineapple sage with prostrate rosemary. First we lined it with landscape fabric to help hold the soil in. You could innoculate with shiitake as Yury says. We used some of the logs from it for just that purpose. Turkey tail fungi will colonize the stump either way and they are useful for both food and medicine.


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