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DIY: Hillbilly Washing Machine

Originally posted on refashionista:

This is a great method for off-the-grid low-tech clothes washing or, in my case, diaper washing as part of the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge.

The total cost to make this washer was around $6, and about 10 minutes. The amount of time it takes to operate depends entirely on the quantity of clothing and the type of material being washed. Denim, for example, will take more effort than t-shirts.

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The Cool Techie DIY Beehive: Another Tool for Colony Collapse Disorder

The Cool Techie DIY Beehive: Another Tool for Colony Collapse Disorder

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee

Valerian

ValerianValerian is a medicinal herb and root that has significant sedative and tranquilizing properties that can provide tremendous benefit to both the central nervous system and the muscular system. Valerian contains calcium, manganese, quercitin, and ascorbic acid as well as valepotriate and isovaleric acid which gives it its calming and relaxing qualities. It is especially beneficial for chronic insomnia, headaches, nervousness, menstrual problems, and anxiety. It is also helpful in soothing the digestive tract and cramps associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Valerian is also known to be very beneficial for the cardiovascular system and overall heart health. Valerian can also be used to help control hunger and reduce the urge to eat out of stress. It has been shown to be beneficial in reducing seizure activity and is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm, hops, and passionflower for increased relaxation and healing benefits. Valerian is most often taken as a supplement in a capsule, tincture, or tea form and can be readily found online or at your local health food store.

Difference between Industrial Hemp and Cannabis

 

Distinguishing Hemp from Its Cousin.
Industrial hemp and marijuana may look somewhat alike to an untrained eye; an easily trained eye can distinguish the difference. Hemp (from Old English hænep) is a commonly used term for high growing varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.

The difference in appearance and growing methods is akin to the difference between growing corn and roses. Industrial hemp and feral ditchweed are grown closely together (rows are as close as 4 inches apart), it is grown in large multi-acre plots, it grows thin and tall, as tall as 20 feet high in many cases, has few branches or leaves below the tops, and is grown 108-120 days. 

Contrast that with medicinal cannabis: grown 6 feet apart, it is a shorter fatter bush with many branches, smaller plots with fewer plants, and is grown for 60-90 days. When ready to harvest, the corn vs. roses analogy is even more striking. I have pictures of medicinal cannabis grown legally in Europe, where it is next to an orchard and vineyard, and it is clearly very different from the industrial hemp pictures from Canada.

ImageThere are differences in leaf structure that are apparent even after harvest, as most medicinal cannabis plants are either broad leafed with a 5 or 7 leaf pattern (Cannabis Indica) or a tight bud or nugget with orange “hairs” (from an Afghani strain, preferable to growers because it is ready to harvest quickest, and their customers prefer it). The Cannabis Sativa that is typically industrial hemp matures the slowest, and Sativa is not preferred by most customers any more.

THC content in feral hemp is probably around 0-2 percent. Industrial hemp in Canada is 0.3 percent or less, and better commercial varieties of medicinal cannabis are up to 25 percent. Don’t buy the argument that 1 percent THC in hemp is enough to get high, because industrial hemp also has high CBD (cannabidiol, a cannabinoid in hemp) that is essentially a THC antagonist. More CBD means the THC is less effective, and hemp is highest in CBD and medicinal is lowest. So even if there is 1 percent THC in hemp, the CBD makes it useless to smoke. As for extracting the THC from hemp: why bother? If you can buy pot (even in your jail) for as low as $100/oz., why try and extract it at great cost and hassle? Just go down to the local park and buy real pot and save the inconvenience. It’s much like saying only people over 21 can buy potatoes, since kids might make vodka out of it!

And remember, industrial hemp pollens will make the sinsemilla (seedless, highest potency, requires an absence of cannabis pollen) downwind for many miles less potent

Taking on a New Project

hemp researchMy son and I have entered into a business partnership. As soon as it is legalized in South Carolina, we are Hemp and Medical Marijuana Farmers. Ganja Planters…lol

I simply adore sustainable agriculture! If we have the space, we will be adding bamboo to the farm as well. As an avid gardener/farmstress I see endless possibilities when it comes to planting.

In addition, we shall be adopting Will Allen’s method of aquaponic agriculture.

Our goals…Give People JOBS! That’s right…EMPLOYMENT!

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interest by the most lasting bands.” Thomas Jefferson

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How to grow a lemon tree from seed

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Try it!

Originally posted on Growing Wild:

When life gives you lemons, grow trees!

If you’ve ever seen a flowering lemon tree, you’ll understand why. For those of you who haven’t, allow me explain. Their lush, dark green, oval leaves have a glossy texture that shimmers in sunlight. Their delicate white flowers bloom with a citrus fragrance and are soft to the touch. Their exotic nature provides an alluring quality. And, finally, they bear the exciting possibility of fruit!

Typically, lemon trees flourish outdoors year-round in hot, sunny regions, but they can also thrive indoors as edible houseplants in cold-season climates. At the organic food store where I work we have a healthy lemon cutting producing massive fruit in a garage setting all year. It makes for an impressive sight during the dead of a Canadian winter!

This is the little tree with big fruit in the shop I work at.

And while rooting cuttings is a sensible option for fast fruit, lemon tree cuttings are not readily available in…

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Two Cows

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hilarious

Originally posted on Lantanagurl's Rambling Mind:

You have two cows....

You have two cows….

TWO COWS ~{Matthias Varga}

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbour

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk

FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk

NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then
throws the milk away

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy
grows.
You sell them and retire on the income

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by
your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that…

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The Elders of Farming

The Elders of Farming

Post of an article I read on the New York times site. Please follow the link to read original post

This article certainly does give one pause. Farming is hard work. It has always been hard work. The fact that organic farmers refuse to use chemicals makes it even tougher! Then there is the issue of GMO crap contaminating organic fields. In other countries farmers are suing Monsanto for this contamination & WINNING! In the USA, the story is the exact opposite. That’s because, in the USA, corporations have purchased our politicians and in some cases, are part of the government themselves. They effect policy decisions and most are made to reflect “the bottom line”.

Whatever happened to “do what is right simply because it is RIGHT?

Freeze/Frost Probability Tables for Each State

Planting-SeedsIt’s that time of the year again. I’ve been getting seed catalogs in the mail and I’ve downloaded a few from seed company websites. If you are anything like me, you are just itching to plant something, ANYTHING.

I’ve had Sage, New Mexico Chili, and Jalapeno Peppers growing inside since last fall. In Charleston South Carolina that means they have really only been indoors since late November when it started to get cold. Here it is the beginning of February and I’ve been putting my plants outside for a little sunshine. Yesterday we had a gentle rain. I danced in it. It was 74 degrees here! Oh how I adore living in the South!

My living room has become a seedling nursery and I have been wondering when I may put everything outside permanently, or at least until the next fall.

Embedded in this post is a link to the USA National Climatic Data Center.

“Given are the dates of probable first and last occurrence, during the year beginning August 1 and ending July 31 of freeze related temperatures, probable duration where the temperature exceeds certain freeze related values; and the probability of experiencing a given temperature, or less, during the year period August 1 through July 31. For the fall and spring dates of occurrence, and freeze-free period, probabilities are given for three temperatures (36, 32, and 28 °f) at three probability levels (10, 50, and 90 percent).”

http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/climatenormals/climatenormals.pl?directive=prod_select2&prodtype=CLIM2001&subrnum%20to%20Freeze/Frost%20Data%20from%20the%20U.S.%20Climate%20Normals

I saw my dates, I have a list of when I should start my seeds according to plant variety, and all of the necessary supplies are ready. Today I start my first veggie seeds and I am so excited!

 

Happy Planting Ya’ll J

Pallet Gardening

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Great tutorial

Originally posted on innovativegardening:

If you are like me, you don’t have a ton of space for vegetable gardening.  So this summer, I’m going to work hard to bring innovative gardening to my yard.  My first experiment is with a pallet – so far, so good.  I’m excited to share my pallet gardening process with you here….

First things first, this project is about repurposing a product.  I’m excited to say the project is very inexpensive and is great for the environment.  If you see a company that has a pile of pallets sitting around, they will most likely give you one or two or ten of them.  They don’t want them, but you do, so just ask.  I was able to pick a few up from my favorite garden center, The Garden Supply Company in Cary, NC.   Special thanks to the folks over there.

Lets get started!

Supplies Needed:

  • Plants
  • Dirt
  • Pallet

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