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"Jumper" worms in your sy...
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  Series on energy solutions
Posted by: koreen - 03-28-2022, 01:24 PM - Forum: Tools and Technology - No Replies

I've started writing a series of articles on energy solutions in my Medium account. Haven't done much blogging but based on how destructive fossil fuels have become from so many directions, I think it's really important that as many people as possible understand all of their options. So the focus will be on lesser known options. Some, not all, have been covered in our courses. Would very much appreciate feedback - what would you like to hear more about? (doesn't have to be about energy) What was helpful?

Next in the series will be on transportation.


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  Home that lasts hundreds of years?
Posted by: koreen - 03-24-2022, 01:25 PM - Forum: Building - Replies (2)

This project has a number of nice ideas. This, or cob or other earthen construction works best in drylands or in cooler, sunny climates where the mass heat gain is helpful. I like the community fire pit! 

There are a number of ways this design could be improved upon with a whole systems design viewpoint. What would you change or add? 


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  "Jumper" worms in your system
Posted by: koreen - 03-18-2022, 04:08 PM - Forum: Land and Nature Stewardship - Replies (1)

It turns out that jumper worms, those cute little earthworm like things that jump out of your hand are Asian, invasive and not good for soil. I previously thought these worms were beneficial (as most worm castings are, and based on data given to me by someone whose knowledge is usually correct), but these castings rob soil of nutrients and water holding capacity, which can be observed over time. We've observed the castings when dried up get very solid, not accept water and turn to non-nutritious powder. This is not how normal worm castings behave! 

Some people say chickens don't like them - mine seem to eat them so I've turned them loose in the area most worms reside in our system. Robins also seem to eat them when they come through. We've found these in gutters, in corners of driveways covered with leaves, and other places with lots of leaf mass that stays moist. They can travel in potted plants as well. 

Below, I attached an article that gives other organic ways of controlling them. Since they multiply quickly, I recommend removing if you find them. 

The biggest risk I see is to forests, where they can disrupt the soil building cycle. I've noticed in my own system that they don't seem to like sand - they prefer organic materials like mulch, compost, manure, leaves, etc. Sand may be a limiting factor in Florida. I have never found one directly in sand, only in organic matter or compost. 

IFAS article

Ways to handle them

Share your experience here! 


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  missed zoom
Posted by: Becca1 - 03-07-2022, 11:19 PM - Forum: General discussion - No Replies

I regret to have missed the most recent Zoom mtg.  They are so rich in discussion and insight from Koreen. Any new assignments or suggestions that I may have missed in your notes. Also hoping to see how everyones doing on their own assignments. Does anyone know what Koreen wants us to read up to in order to be ready for discussion next week? Thank you!  Rebecca

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  Planting guides
Posted by: TMartineau - 02-14-2022, 04:32 PM - Forum: Plant / tree discussions - Replies (3)

Hello All,

I am wondering what resources or books there are that cover what specific crops go well together in polyculture systems i.e. Three Sisters, but what plants next to tomatoes kind of thing.? Are there guides by hardiness zone or type of crop? Which plants bring the beneficial insects? Which plants are great soil builders? 
-Thomas M.

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Posted by: steve - 01-17-2022, 07:16 PM - Forum: News and Updates - No Replies

This forum is serving the permaculture community in Florida and outside, especially our students and clients, for anyone who like having an online permaculture community with like minded people. The purpose is to allow a safe environment where you can learn from each other as well as reach us.

Dedicated forums exist for each online and in-person class where they can talk and share with each other. Another dedicated forum exists for all graduates. Let us know if you have a need not yet covered but should have its own category, you can request it in Requests for new forums under the Open Permaculture Forum. 

We want to keep the subjects related to permaculture and things around it, but there are no particular subjects that are tabu, common sense should dictate why you would post what you post. If it is helpful it should be OK. It's pretty hard to include politics, especially how divided the country is right now. Setting a good example is probably the best way to get someone interested in learning and using permaculture, which is what we are all about.

Our posting policy is simple; treat others the way you like to be treated using good and friendly manners. Please refrain from sharing how someone may not have your intelligence or experience and good sense. Being helpful is a most desirable trait here.

This forum is rated G, as in general, all ages.

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