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« Reply #800 on: June 16, 2018, 07:52:26 PM »
Bracken_Joy, I’ve seen recipes for Paleo fruit crisps that look pretty good.

Cherry mole tacos: https://newleafwellness.biz/2016/11/03/crockpot-cherry-chicken-mole-tacos/ (surprisingly good considering the source is a white lady from Pittsburgh)
Cherry salsa: https://nwedible.com/cherry-salsa-canning-recipe/ (haven’t tried it but sounds delicious!)

* We’ve been eating a ton of local veggies from our CSA box and farmer’s market. I sautéed a new-to-me variety of squash with chard and kale with our dinner tonight.
* making a batch of homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot tonight.
* the last bit of last week’s milk smelled a little off so it’s going into pancakes tomorrow morning.
* bought bulk (1lb) bags of two herbal teas that our local natural food market doesn’t stock online. We drink a lot of iced herbal tea in the summer!
* I took a soapmaking class. I had to drive a reasonable distance to get to the class and the recipe we made wasn’t the most natural (I avoid palm oil and synthetic fragrances, but that’s what was provided), but I wanted to learn the process so I can make soap from locally sourced ingredients like lard, tallow, and beeswax!

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« Reply #801 on: June 16, 2018, 08:49:34 PM »
Oh wow, I’m saving that cherry mole recipe. We have 3 lbs of cherries in our freezer from a Hungry Harvest delivery a couple of weeks ago, and we love mole.

We just received our third Hungry Harvest delivery yesterday, and it really makes me conscious of what fruits and veggies I have on hand and what needs to be used to avoid waste. I boiled potatoes for salad and sautéed zucchini noodles for a side dish early today, before the outside temperature went up. I have plans for a few more of the veggies tomorrow.


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« Reply #802 on: June 16, 2018, 08:56:39 PM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

This is nice to read. I have celiac disease (i.e., no gluten) and try to eat as varied a diet as possible, so I prefer not to put additional restrictions on my diet beyond the medically necessary one. It’s a balance: I feel really good when the bulk of my diet is plant-based and not highly processed, but my body craves some animal fat/protein every day. Even a couple of eggs or a piece of cheese is enough.

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« Reply #803 on: June 16, 2018, 09:02:33 PM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

This is nice to read. I have celiac disease (i.e., no gluten) and try to eat as varied a diet as possible, so I prefer not to put additional restrictions on my diet beyond the medically necessary one. It’s a balance: I feel really good when the bulk of my diet is plant-based and not highly processed, but my body craves some animal fat/protein every day. Even a couple of eggs or a piece of cheese is enough.

Gluten is such a great example, because it can literally give people cancer, yet my body is a-okay on plenty of wheat (I've done full elimination diets).

I love eggs, but with a recently acquired suspected egg allergy (yet to be confirmed by an allergist) I'm worried they're going to be something I never get to eat again. While I aspire to be mostly-vegan, I sure would have loved to have eggs once a fortnight or so.

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« Reply #804 on: June 16, 2018, 10:47:22 PM »
Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!

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« Reply #805 on: June 16, 2018, 10:59:29 PM »
Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!
I've heard a tiny gardening flamethrower thing can work on weeds. If someone confirms that would work, can I use you as an excuse to purchase one? :P

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« Reply #806 on: June 16, 2018, 11:04:22 PM »
Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!
I've heard a tiny gardening flamethrower thing can work on weeds. If someone confirms that would work, can I use you as an excuse to purchase one? :P

Ooooh I did notice that Diggers sells those. I wonder if they'd ship it to Perth... Also useful when the Triffids rise.

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« Reply #807 on: June 17, 2018, 03:38:51 AM »
Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!
I've heard a tiny gardening flamethrower thing can work on weeds. If someone confirms that would work, can I use you as an excuse to purchase one? :P

Ooooh I did notice that Diggers sells those. I wonder if they'd ship it to Perth... Also useful when the Triffids rise.

I have a weed problem in the garden too and I was told about those mini flamethrowers as well. I have been too scared to try them, if you decide to try it please let me know how it went. It's not extremely dry around here, but the weeds are close to my house and I can already see myself accidentally setting my house on fire....

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« Reply #808 on: June 17, 2018, 08:36:34 AM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

Thanks <3 From the responses, I can tell this is a far more welcoming and tolerant space then my anxiety convinced me it would be.

I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

Bracken_Joy, I’ve seen recipes for Paleo fruit crisps that look pretty good.

Cherry mole tacos: https://newleafwellness.biz/2016/11/03/crockpot-cherry-chicken-mole-tacos/ (surprisingly good considering the source is a white lady from Pittsburgh)
Cherry salsa: https://nwedible.com/cherry-salsa-canning-recipe/ (haven’t tried it but sounds delicious!)

Oh man, saving that mole recipe. And fruit crisp is a great idea. We both do totally fine with oats (husband so long as we don't eat too many, or he's had a really active day), so a toasty oat'n'nut crust could be great. I didn't even think about just tweaking a blackberry recipe or something!

I'm not sure how I feel about cherry salsa! I really dislike salsa with mango or corn, any sweet pockets like that. Maybe with the cherries being more tart than sweet? Maybe I'll try that if I get a second haul this year.

Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!
I've heard a tiny gardening flamethrower thing can work on weeds. If someone confirms that would work, can I use you as an excuse to purchase one? :P

Ooooh I did notice that Diggers sells those. I wonder if they'd ship it to Perth... Also useful when the Triffids rise.

I have a weed problem in the garden too and I was told about those mini flamethrowers as well. I have been too scared to try them, if you decide to try it please let me know how it went. It's not extremely dry around here, but the weeds are close to my house and I can already see myself accidentally setting my house on fire....

Those flame week killers are super fun! But you're totally right Imma, they're kinda terrifying! You need to set up a really good perimeter, have 5-gal buckets of water on standby, etc. They're considered the gold standard around here for invasives, though.

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« Reply #809 on: June 17, 2018, 08:59:23 AM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

Thanks <3 From the responses, I can tell this is a far more welcoming and tolerant space then my anxiety convinced me it would be.


Even within a meat+dairy containing diet there's still lots of space for tweaking to reduce environmental impact. Beef, pork and cheese are environmentally the worst, so replacing those by e.g. chicken already has a tremendous impact (if I remember correctly beef is 3-4x worse than chicken but correct me if I'm wrong!).

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« Reply #810 on: June 17, 2018, 09:10:10 AM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

Thanks <3 From the responses, I can tell this is a far more welcoming and tolerant space then my anxiety convinced me it would be.


Even within a meat+dairy containing diet there's still lots of space for tweaking to reduce environmental impact. Beef, pork and cheese are environmentally the worst, so replacing those by e.g. chicken already has a tremendous impact (if I remember correctly beef is 3-4x worse than chicken but correct me if I'm wrong!).

I've struggled with this logistically recently- growing up, we raised our own chicken and turkey, so obviously could control a LOT of factors there. But now that I'm purchasing instead, it's been quite difficult- while there's a 25% or so premium to get local organic grass fed and finished beef over store bought conventional, there's a 5-6x price difference for chicken for even just store bought organic and local vs conventional. And even then, I can't find a good local farmer for it where the price difference isn't more like 10x! How do others deal with that, without raising their own? We live in the suburbs now, so hobby farming isn't really an option.

(We do fish a fair bit as well, to take the burden off land-based meats. And game when we have it. But a fair bit of our meat is still purchased)

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« Reply #811 on: June 17, 2018, 12:33:35 PM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

Thanks <3 From the responses, I can tell this is a far more welcoming and tolerant space then my anxiety convinced me it would be.


Even within a meat+dairy containing diet there's still lots of space for tweaking to reduce environmental impact. Beef, pork and cheese are environmentally the worst, so replacing those by e.g. chicken already has a tremendous impact (if I remember correctly beef is 3-4x worse than chicken but correct me if I'm wrong!).

I've struggled with this logistically recently- growing up, we raised our own chicken and turkey, so obviously could control a LOT of factors there. But now that I'm purchasing instead, it's been quite difficult- while there's a 25% or so premium to get local organic grass fed and finished beef over store bought conventional, there's a 5-6x price difference for chicken for even just store bought organic and local vs conventional. And even then, I can't find a good local farmer for it where the price difference isn't more like 10x! How do others deal with that, without raising their own? We live in the suburbs now, so hobby farming isn't really an option.

(We do fish a fair bit as well, to take the burden off land-based meats. And game when we have it. But a fair bit of our meat is still purchased)

I read the arguments in favor of ruminants as nitrogen fixers! :-) But we live in the Appalachians so a lot of land is really only suitable for grazing.

Are there are farmers in your area that offer bulk pricing on chickens? I pretty much only buy whole chickens, usually from a family that offers buy 5, get one free on whole chickens, and part them myself. We don’t have anywhere near the cost difference in our area, though. I pay $3.50-$4.50/lb for pastured chickens from local farmers depending on organic, etc. and I think the non-sale price at the grocery store is around $1/lb?


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« Reply #812 on: June 17, 2018, 12:44:21 PM »
@Bracken_Joy, I'd love to hear what recipe you use for cottage cheese if it works out.

I make my own powdered laundry detergent (and actually store it in a plastic yogurt container): 1 cup borax to 1 cup washing soda to 1 cup shredded Fels-Naptha soap. I use 1 tablespoon per load in my non-HE washer.

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« Reply #813 on: June 17, 2018, 01:02:33 PM »
@Bracken_Joy, I'd love to hear what recipe you use for cottage cheese if it works out.

I make my own powdered laundry detergent (and actually store it in a plastic yogurt container): 1 cup borax to 1 cup washing soda to 1 cup shredded Fels-Naptha soap. I use 1 tablespoon per load in my non-HE washer.

I'm doing this recipe for the cottage cheese: https://thisoldgal.com/instant-pot-homemade-cottage-cheese-recipe/ and this for the sour cream: https://brigettholmes.com/recipe/make-cultured-sour-cream-instant-pot/ I'll report back on how they turn out =)

Re: the detergent, I found this comment: "That is the question I’ve gotten the most in the 100+ comments on my original laundry detergent recipe tutorial. I don’t personally have a high efficiency washing machine but have heard from dozens of readers and friends who do and they’ve used this in an HE washer with no problems.

The main concern with a high efficiency washer is creating too much suds, so a low-suds soap or detergent is suggested. This recipe is low-suds by definition and should be safe for HE, but always check with the instructions that came with your machine to make sure before using." From: https://wellnessmama.com/27059/high-efficiency-laundry-detergent/ And her recipe sounds a lot like yours! I guess I could always try making it, and if it doesn't rinse clean, then gift it through Buy Nothing or something. Having add a second rinse would definitely undo all the benefits! Haha.

I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

Thanks <3 From the responses, I can tell this is a far more welcoming and tolerant space then my anxiety convinced me it would be.


Even within a meat+dairy containing diet there's still lots of space for tweaking to reduce environmental impact. Beef, pork and cheese are environmentally the worst, so replacing those by e.g. chicken already has a tremendous impact (if I remember correctly beef is 3-4x worse than chicken but correct me if I'm wrong!).

I've struggled with this logistically recently- growing up, we raised our own chicken and turkey, so obviously could control a LOT of factors there. But now that I'm purchasing instead, it's been quite difficult- while there's a 25% or so premium to get local organic grass fed and finished beef over store bought conventional, there's a 5-6x price difference for chicken for even just store bought organic and local vs conventional. And even then, I can't find a good local farmer for it where the price difference isn't more like 10x! How do others deal with that, without raising their own? We live in the suburbs now, so hobby farming isn't really an option.

(We do fish a fair bit as well, to take the burden off land-based meats. And game when we have it. But a fair bit of our meat is still purchased)

I read the arguments in favor of ruminants as nitrogen fixers! :-) But we live in the Appalachians so a lot of land is really only suitable for grazing.

Are there are farmers in your area that offer bulk pricing on chickens? I pretty much only buy whole chickens, usually from a family that offers buy 5, get one free on whole chickens, and part them myself. We don’t have anywhere near the cost difference in our area, though. I pay $3.50-$4.50/lb for pastured chickens from local farmers depending on organic, etc. and I think the non-sale price at the grocery store is around $1/lb?

That's a good idea on the bulk. Maybe I'll call around. I'll admit I haven't looked hard this year.

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« Reply #814 on: June 17, 2018, 01:13:33 PM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.

Thanks <3 From the responses, I can tell this is a far more welcoming and tolerant space then my anxiety convinced me it would be.


Even within a meat+dairy containing diet there's still lots of space for tweaking to reduce environmental impact. Beef, pork and cheese are environmentally the worst, so replacing those by e.g. chicken already has a tremendous impact (if I remember correctly beef is 3-4x worse than chicken but correct me if I'm wrong!).

I've struggled with this logistically recently- growing up, we raised our own chicken and turkey, so obviously could control a LOT of factors there. But now that I'm purchasing instead, it's been quite difficult- while there's a 25% or so premium to get local organic grass fed and finished beef over store bought conventional, there's a 5-6x price difference for chicken for even just store bought organic and local vs conventional. And even then, I can't find a good local farmer for it where the price difference isn't more like 10x! How do others deal with that, without raising their own? We live in the suburbs now, so hobby farming isn't really an option.

(We do fish a fair bit as well, to take the burden off land-based meats. And game when we have it. But a fair bit of our meat is still purchased)

That's a tough one indeed. It's always hard to try to optimize between better/organic products and low cost. However, this wasn't the point I was trying to make. Honestly, whether meat is organic or local or not has only a small effect on its environmental impact. In many cases organic meat can even be worse for the environment as animals need more space and grow slower (so use more resources while alive). Growing a cow, even if you do it yourself, just does cost a temendous amount of resources and emits lots of greenhouse gasses. For chicken or pigs these numbers are still much higher than for plants, but already lots lower compared to the beef-producing cows. Just giving up beef, while eating an equal amount of total meat could therefore already reduce your environmental impact by quite a lot (depending on how much your consumption was to start with ofc.)

Here's an example of an article that discusses the matter and provides some numbers. It was the first one I found on Google so not necessarily the most thourough/accurate one, but the general line of evidence is clear.

btw; not trying to "jump on you" or judge you but just trying to provide ideas to reduce your impact without completely going vegetarian.
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« Reply #815 on: June 17, 2018, 06:18:01 PM »
Those flame week killers are super fun! But you're totally right Imma, they're kinda terrifying! You need to set up a really good perimeter, have 5-gal buckets of water on standby, etc. They're considered the gold standard around here for invasives, though.

That sounds... more intense than I was expecting. I just have a suburban yard (my block is only 0.11 acres, and it's mostly house). I'll be torching weeds that are growing between pavers, and in flower beds with (damp) mulch and fruit trees. I was planning to have a bucket of water on hand, and good stomping shoes if I need to stomp a tiny fire out. I might talk this through with some locals to see if I'm in danger of starting a real fire.

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« Reply #816 on: June 17, 2018, 08:13:21 PM »
Those flame week killers are super fun! But you're totally right Imma, they're kinda terrifying! You need to set up a really good perimeter, have 5-gal buckets of water on standby, etc. They're considered the gold standard around here for invasives, though.

That sounds... more intense than I was expecting. I just have a suburban yard (my block is only 0.11 acres, and it's mostly house). I'll be torching weeds that are growing between pavers, and in flower beds with (damp) mulch and fruit trees. I was planning to have a bucket of water on hand, and good stomping shoes if I need to stomp a tiny fire out. I might talk this through with some locals to see if I'm in danger of starting a real fire.

They're fairly easy to rent and borrow around here, maybe check into a rental situation? And then you have the added benefit of picking people's brains. I know we don't take near the precautions in the winter (soooo wet) as we do in the summer (soooo dry). So seasonality plays a role too!

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« Reply #817 on: June 17, 2018, 11:24:50 PM »
I am also overrun by oxalis. I was going to purchase this sort of mini soldering iron thing (to burn words into wood). Maybe I could use it to zap weeds near the house??? There's no naked flame, I could stick the prong into the roots.

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« Reply #818 on: June 18, 2018, 05:55:46 AM »
Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!
I've heard a tiny gardening flamethrower thing can work on weeds. If someone confirms that would work, can I use you as an excuse to purchase one? :P

Ooooh I did notice that Diggers sells those. I wonder if they'd ship it to Perth... Also useful when the Triffids rise.

I have a weed problem in the garden too and I was told about those mini flamethrowers as well. I have been too scared to try them, if you decide to try it please let me know how it went. It's not extremely dry around here, but the weeds are close to my house and I can already see myself accidentally setting my house on fire....

we have one of those at the commercial greenhouse where I work, and you'd be amazed how much heat it takes to kill a weed (though useful to incinerate all those seeds oxalis throws off). Have you tried vinegar w/ a few drops of dish soap as a spreader? This burns off the foliage quite well (especially in full sun; you'll see results faster than w/ glyphosate); it doesn't kill the root, but if you do successive sprays the root will die due to lack of food from the foliage.

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« Reply #819 on: June 18, 2018, 08:58:35 AM »
Bracken Joy,

This Old Gal has a yogurt recipe that many, many people use successfully, on the IP facebook group.  I have never tried it, I don't eat enough yogurt to warrant making it myself.  However, I've read many posts about it. 

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« Reply #820 on: June 18, 2018, 09:01:09 AM »
Bracken Joy,

This Old Gal has a yogurt recipe that many, many people use successfully, on the IP facebook group.  I have never tried it, I don't eat enough yogurt to warrant making it myself.  However, I've read many posts about it.

Thanks! I do have a yogurt recipe I've made a few times already, although it's been a while. Cottage cheese and sour cream are new for me =)

The cottage cheese turned out okay, although *very* mild in flavor. I may try doing a fermented cottage cheese next, and see if I like the flavors better.

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« Reply #821 on: June 18, 2018, 12:19:58 PM »
Okay friends: has anyone successfully used a non-glyphosate method to kill oxalis? I've been researching and it looks like pulling the weeds makes it spread even faster; there are varying accounts of how successful the boiling water method is. I like the concept of snipping off all leaves on all plants as soon as you see them, but that's also very labour intensive and requires a level of vigilance I may or may not possess. But if someone tells me it definitely works, I'll try it!
I've heard a tiny gardening flamethrower thing can work on weeds. If someone confirms that would work, can I use you as an excuse to purchase one? :P

Ooooh I did notice that Diggers sells those. I wonder if they'd ship it to Perth... Also useful when the Triffids rise.

I have a weed problem in the garden too and I was told about those mini flamethrowers as well. I have been too scared to try them, if you decide to try it please let me know how it went. It's not extremely dry around here, but the weeds are close to my house and I can already see myself accidentally setting my house on fire....

we have one of those at the commercial greenhouse where I work, and you'd be amazed how much heat it takes to kill a weed (though useful to incinerate all those seeds oxalis throws off). Have you tried vinegar w/ a few drops of dish soap as a spreader? This burns off the foliage quite well (especially in full sun; you'll see results faster than w/ glyphosate); it doesn't kill the root, but if you do successive sprays the root will die due to lack of food from the foliage.

I can confirm it doesn't work for Japanse knotweed. I wouldn't be surprised if that stuff doesn't even catch fire. I'm sure the roots would not be damaged, but if I could only burn off the parts above ground at least I wouldn't have to weed for about a week.

Chelidonium en nettles etc we just mow every now and then.

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« Reply #822 on: June 18, 2018, 12:33:02 PM »
Ooh, I like this thread! Can’t believe I only just found it.

Taking the slowly, slowly approach to living a more environmentally-minded life. Today I:

- Remembered to take stainless steel straws for my toddler to use for her drink at the cafe.

- Used bar soap rather than shower gel packaged in plastic. If only I could get my husband on board. Thankfully a small zero waste store opened in a nearby city and they’ve started stocking bulk shower gel.

- Have got the whole family using bamboo toothbrushes.

- Found a second-hand Le Partfait canning jar at the charity shop (aka thrift shop/op shop). This will help with plastic-free purchases.

- Found a second-hand skirt for my little one at the charity shop.

- Arranged a play date within walking distance of home reducing the need to get in the car.

- Took a fancy dress that no longer fits to a dress agency to be sold.

- Inspired by this thread, used a bucket to collect the water from warming up the shower and used it to water the veggie patch.

- Also inspired by this thread, increased the variety of things added to the compost heap.

- Continued to use my second-hand iPhone 5s rather than continually upgrading to the newest model.

Unfortunately also had a couple of fails:

- Tried to turn a ripped pair of jeans into demin shorts but they’re far too snug around the thigh area to look presentable. Having borrowed a friend’s overlocker (aka serger), I might salvage the fabric and make some bags to use at the bulk store.

- Tried to use eco-friendly laundry detergent from the zero waste shop but it did not do a decent enough job of getting our clothes clean. Maybe it’s our European front-loading energy-efficient washing machine?

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« Reply #823 on: June 18, 2018, 12:45:12 PM »
Oh! I forgot one I was happy about, because it's: helping a friend, frugal, AND lessening environmental impact. Friend has been slowly transitioning to glass reusable tupperware type container. Her old plastic ones are stained, cracking, and she doesn't use them because she hates them. I'm 100% sure they contribute to her cooking less. She's been buying the new glass ones one at a time for ELEVEN DOLLARS apiece at the grocery store. Gasp! So I directed her to a few store options and gave her some coupons. We were able to get our whole set for $24 and there's a lot of pieces, so I'm hoping she can score a similar deal.

-Continuing my dairy experiments. Round 2 today. Trying the same cottage cheese recipe, with better planning and technique. We saved cottage cheese tubs and sour cream tubs, so we even have correctly labeled containers =P

-My usual stuff: open/close up house overnight to minimize HVAC use. Gardening, never use any sprays or anything. Used my reusable glass jar collection (many saved from pasta sauces) to divvy up rice we bulk purchase. The food we're getting our dog on buys carbon offsets, locally sources ingredients, uses ethically compensated domestic labor, etc. (I know those are not all environmental factors, but it all matters to me).

-Reusing a ton of items for the puppy from our previous dog, and hand me downs from neighbors and family. We've only purchased a couple items (the puppy kong has helped a lot), otherwise it's only been food and natural chews. Harness, crate, exercise pen, baby gates, dog beds, bowls, all of it is reused and/or hand me downs.

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« Reply #824 on: June 22, 2018, 12:19:44 AM »
For the first time this week, walked to work again and will walk back in the afternoon.

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« Reply #825 on: June 22, 2018, 12:29:49 AM »
Felt cold last night in bed. Put on socks rather than turning on heat for a bit.

Ate leftover sandwiches from a meeting at work yesterday (Free food! No food waste!)

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« Reply #826 on: June 23, 2018, 02:42:15 PM »
@Bracken_Joy I would caution against the homemade detergent in HE front loaders. I used to make my own detergent and it worked really well in my standard washer. However when I switched to an HE front loader the homemade stuff would not get my clothes clean. I tried everything, even playing around with the formula. I also noticed that it would build up inside my washer so that I'd start having soap scum in the drum. We don't have hard water, and I spent several months trying to troubleshoot both problems. After 6 months of unclean clothes I broke down and started using County Save powder detergent. It can only be purchased online and is definitely more expensive than making my own, but it comes in a cardboard box (can be recycled) and my clothes are finally clean! Plus no build up in the washer drum any more.

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« Reply #827 on: June 23, 2018, 04:35:14 PM »
Clean up my 5yr old's room and sorted everything she didn't want anymore into plastics,  paper, donation, thrift store, sell and 'rest garbage'.
As from next year, we won't have a rest garbage bin anymore. We will have a paper bin, plastics bin and a compost bin that will be emptied but everything else, we will have to bring to an underground waste bin hopefully somewhere not too far away.

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« Reply #828 on: June 24, 2018, 09:11:19 AM »
@Bracken_Joy I would caution against the homemade detergent in HE front loaders. I used to make my own detergent and it worked really well in my standard washer. However when I switched to an HE front loader the homemade stuff would not get my clothes clean. I tried everything, even playing around with the formula. I also noticed that it would build up inside my washer so that I'd start having soap scum in the drum. We don't have hard water, and I spent several months trying to troubleshoot both problems. After 6 months of unclean clothes I broke down and started using County Save powder detergent. It can only be purchased online and is definitely more expensive than making my own, but it comes in a cardboard box (can be recycled) and my clothes are finally clean! Plus no build up in the washer drum any more.

Good to know! Thank you! Yeah, our washer is pretty new (~1 yr), I would hate to do something that could shorter it's lifespan.

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« Reply #829 on: June 24, 2018, 09:39:36 AM »
@Bracken_Joy I would caution against the homemade detergent in HE front loaders. I used to make my own detergent and it worked really well in my standard washer. However when I switched to an HE front loader the homemade stuff would not get my clothes clean. I tried everything, even playing around with the formula. I also noticed that it would build up inside my washer so that I'd start having soap scum in the drum. We don't have hard water, and I spent several months trying to troubleshoot both problems. After 6 months of unclean clothes I broke down and started using County Save powder detergent. It can only be purchased online and is definitely more expensive than making my own, but it comes in a cardboard box (can be recycled) and my clothes are finally clean! Plus no build up in the washer drum any more.

Good to know! Thank you! Yeah, our washer is pretty new (~1 yr), I would hate to do something that could shorter it's lifespan.

It probably depends on the water and washing machine. I've used homemade detergent (1/2+1/2+soap bar) for the life of our 5 year old HE front loader (Samsung) and it's going strong and clothes get clean. The "cold" setting comes out around 90F during the summer so that could be a factor too.

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« Reply #830 on: June 24, 2018, 10:03:59 AM »
@Bracken_Joy I would caution against the homemade detergent in HE front loaders. I used to make my own detergent and it worked really well in my standard washer. However when I switched to an HE front loader the homemade stuff would not get my clothes clean. I tried everything, even playing around with the formula. I also noticed that it would build up inside my washer so that I'd start having soap scum in the drum. We don't have hard water, and I spent several months trying to troubleshoot both problems. After 6 months of unclean clothes I broke down and started using County Save powder detergent. It can only be purchased online and is definitely more expensive than making my own, but it comes in a cardboard box (can be recycled) and my clothes are finally clean! Plus no build up in the washer drum any more.

Good to know! Thank you! Yeah, our washer is pretty new (~1 yr), I would hate to do something that could shorter it's lifespan.

It probably depends on the water and washing machine. I've used homemade detergent (1/2+1/2+soap bar) for the life of our 5 year old HE front loader (Samsung) and it's going strong and clothes get clean. The "cold" setting comes out around 90F during the summer so that could be a factor too.

=o Our cold setting is 45-55F depending on the time of year! We have COLD ground water. I really haven't had luck with powdered detergents in general, I wonder if that's part of it? My washer has 4 settings: cold, cool, warm, hot. We usually use cool, since there's a noticeable difference between cold and cool. I wonder if that's because of how cold our groundwater is?

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« Reply #831 on: June 25, 2018, 01:02:38 AM »
Walked to work this morning and will walk back in the afternoon.

I checked my washing machine, which as environmental feedback. I usually was on 40C, shortening the 2,5 hour program into 1 hour. I checked whether the original long program was better than the shorter one. The washing machine shows amount of energy and water rounded off to a number of blocks in a bar.

Conclusion: It makes no difference in energy whether I would wash on 40C or 60C degrees or whether I use the long or the short program. But the machine used less water when I use the short program and when I wash on 40C instead of 60C. If I would wash on 30C, the machine would use even less water. I don't have much faith in 30C getting my laundry clean, from earlier experiences.
I'll continue to wash on 40C short program, which is more convenient than waiting for 2,5 hours. And it doesn't seem to have negative impact on the energy compared to the standard programs.

Also, I have had the habit of drying the laundry outside since the weather turned warm and sunny, about 2 months ago. I think I might be the only one in the neighbourhood doing that.

Yesterday we had self-caught fish (grayling) for dinner.

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« Reply #832 on: June 25, 2018, 02:36:45 AM »
I didn't shower yesterday, just washed myself at the tap! I have sensitive skin so I try to skip showering when I can + it's better for the environment as well.

I decluttered the house this weekend and recycled a large box of paper and cardboard and two large garbage bags of clothing and textile. I also found a dress with a damaged top, that I'm going to turn into a skirt. I found some old jeans that I put aside to turn into a jeans quilt. I've made jeans quilts before, it's one of my favourite materials to work with. I moved some furniture and stuff around so I now have a place where I can permanently set up my sewing machine. This means I will probably sew more often.

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« Reply #833 on: June 25, 2018, 02:52:58 AM »
I took the bus to & from work. I brought my own snacks. My leafy greens are growing steadily and I have stopped buying lettuce (but not spinach just yet) as I wait for them to be big enough to start picking. It's winter so we aren't eating too much fresh greens right now anyway.

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« Reply #834 on: June 26, 2018, 05:49:22 AM »
I bought small metal thermoses for my kids last year for them to bring lunches to summer camp.  During the year, they eat school provided lunches.  They've been at summer camp for a couple of weeks and so far they've brought their lunch every day in their thermoses.  This morning I made them pasta with pesto and then packed cookies and fruit in reusable sandwich bags.  They also brought reusable water bottles.  So much better than putting the pasta in plastic containers and they stay hot.

This is both mustachian and good for the environment.  The lunches cost 5 euros a day per kid so 10 euros a day.  And my kids actually prefer the home made lunches.

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« Reply #835 on: June 26, 2018, 06:26:08 AM »
I repaired my broken wireless mouse (work mouse). It was maybe a 10 minute fix and that includes writing this. The usual route is to just order a new one, it's only company money right and screw the environment...

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« Reply #836 on: June 26, 2018, 07:18:54 AM »
Tomorrow, when it is raining and many people decide to drive to work, I'll be taking the bus in my raincoat. We'll be eating leftovers for lunch. I've been making overnight oats in jam jars I saved and washed (although it does mean I ate a lot of jam to get them!) This has meant my husband has been eating a decent breakfast every single hole day, instead of only occasionally. That means less muffins & coffees bought out, so less wasted packaging and better lunch decisions!

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« Reply #837 on: June 26, 2018, 09:56:09 AM »
I had to drop someone at the airport, which is 75% of the way to a city we don't go to often but has the nearest recycling center that accepts glass and a supermarket with bulk bins. I took all the glass that we've been saving, and stopped to get bulk peanut butter and oats.

I also bought some stainless steel straws while we were there - the glass ones we have are fine for home but I'm more comfortable carrying stainless around in my bag.

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« Reply #838 on: June 27, 2018, 02:53:04 AM »
I had to drop someone at the airport, which is 75% of the way to a city we don't go to often but has the nearest recycling center that accepts glass and a supermarket with bulk bins. I took all the glass that we've been saving, and stopped to get bulk peanut butter and oats.

I also bought some stainless steel straws while we were there - the glass ones we have are fine for home but I'm more comfortable carrying stainless around in my bag.

What a pity that recycling glass is not easier for you. We used to have glass/metal containers several places in each town. Now we have gotten individual containers. The easier it is to recycle, the more people do it. Maybe you should ask your community to make an additional recycling point closer to your home.

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« Reply #839 on: June 27, 2018, 04:56:19 AM »
I had to drop someone at the airport, which is 75% of the way to a city we don't go to often but has the nearest recycling center that accepts glass and a supermarket with bulk bins. I took all the glass that we've been saving, and stopped to get bulk peanut butter and oats.

I also bought some stainless steel straws while we were there - the glass ones we have are fine for home but I'm more comfortable carrying stainless around in my bag.

What a pity that recycling glass is not easier for you. We used to have glass/metal containers several places in each town. Now we have gotten individual containers. The easier it is to recycle, the more people do it. Maybe you should ask your community to make an additional recycling point closer to your home.

I walked to work today.

My understanding is that the recycling options are limited here because they are not cost effective, for whatever reason. The trash service in our county does offer recycling, but the number of items they accept is limited. It is a fairly rural area and appears to have a high proportion of people who are not terribly environmentally conscious, which is a shame.

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« Reply #840 on: June 27, 2018, 05:47:12 AM »
Our state has banned single-use plastic bags. I'm afraid to say, it took this actually happening to make us get our arses into gear about sorting out our shopping bags and produce bags... which we already owned. Sigh. So, grocery shopping this week will involve re-usable bags, yay!

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« Reply #841 on: June 27, 2018, 08:40:14 AM »
Our state has banned single-use plastic bags. I'm afraid to say, it took this actually happening to make us get our arses into gear about sorting out our shopping bags and produce bags... which we already owned. Sigh. So, grocery shopping this week will involve re-usable bags, yay!

How do you deal with tare weight on reusable produce bags? When I did jars, I just marked the weight on the outside of the container and they used that. Is it the same idea with produce bags?

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« Reply #842 on: June 27, 2018, 04:23:19 PM »
Our state has banned single-use plastic bags. I'm afraid to say, it took this actually happening to make us get our arses into gear about sorting out our shopping bags and produce bags... which we already owned. Sigh. So, grocery shopping this week will involve re-usable bags, yay!

How do you deal with tare weight on reusable produce bags? When I did jars, I just marked the weight on the outside of the container and they used that. Is it the same idea with produce bags?

My produce bags weight a few grams so I just don't worry about the tare. When buying fruit & veg it shouldn't make too much difference. To be honest I usually forget them anyway and just have loose veg in my trolley (and skip the green beans!)

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« Reply #843 on: June 28, 2018, 02:47:26 AM »
Walked to work this morning.

Dried some of our small strawberries from the garden to add to the muesli we are going to take on a camping trip. I bought al cheapo muesli without lots of additives.

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« Reply #844 on: June 28, 2018, 04:03:57 AM »
- eaten veg heavy meals this week cause our veggie box (local produce from within 40kms!) was enormous!
- waited till yesterday for the green grocer to be open for eggs, yoghurt & fruit from local small farmers rather than shop at the more generic supermarket. Used my produce bags (Onya brand, label says they weigh <10gm)
- made kindling from some left over weatherboard from a neighbour (saved buying it in plastic and the wood from going to landfill)

Big deal:
- Our solar panels were installed today! A friend said they have the double bonus of further insulating the roof. Hopefully they’ll also help keep heat *in* the house, because the forecast is 9°C and rainy the next two days :-(

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« Reply #845 on: June 28, 2018, 03:14:41 PM »
- hung dried laundry
- another room clean up/ sorting with just two old pepermints going to grey trash, everything else will be recycled in some way.
- we ate vegan and husband didn't complain. Only food waste this week were peels and ends.
- planning to buy next week's vegetables, eggs and yoghurt at the organic farm again, it's a couple of minutes from my home (we shopped at supermarkets to save time for a while).

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« Reply #846 on: June 28, 2018, 06:18:05 PM »
I dunno if this counts, but apparently my the moron my gov't place to head our environmental agency is proposing rollbacks of the law that requires public input and transparency on projects that affect the environment.

So I left a comment. There are only 24 comments now and they close on 7/20, so if you guys wanted to drop some comments in, that would be an easy lift: https://www.southernenvironment.org/news-and-press/news-feed/speak-up-for-the-right-to-speak-up

You can basically check the current comments and crib off them. Saying that NEPA is fine the way it is and doesn't need updating, because it's protected us for decades, is probably just fine.

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« Reply #847 on: June 29, 2018, 04:18:48 AM »
I dunno if this counts, but apparently my the moron my gov't place to head our environmental agency is proposing rollbacks of the law that requires public input and transparency on projects that affect the environment.

So I left a comment. There are only 24 comments now and they close on 7/20, so if you guys wanted to drop some comments in, that would be an easy lift: https://www.southernenvironment.org/news-and-press/news-feed/speak-up-for-the-right-to-speak-up

You can basically check the current comments and crib off them. Saying that NEPA is fine the way it is and doesn't need updating, because it's protected us for decades, is probably just fine.
do I have to be American?

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« Reply #848 on: June 29, 2018, 08:19:52 AM »
@Anatidae V I honestly don't know! Thank you for considering commenting though. I mean I doubt it will hurt. LOL.

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« Reply #849 on: July 09, 2018, 04:38:39 AM »
While I was at my parents house over the weekend, I found a bunch of old expired food. Like the 2 to 15 years past it’s sell by date. My mom wanted to toss it in the garbage, but I took it home and composted it instead. I recycled as much of the packaging as possible.

They buy way too much food for two people. I really wish they would stop shopping at Costco. They aren’t saving any money because they are so disorganized and cluttered. They buy something, use some of it, and then it gets buried in clutter. They can’t find it when they need it, buy more, then the old items sit in the basement until I find it and bring it to there attention. It’s a horrendous waste of food and money.