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  1. No idea if it would work where you are in Portugal, but there is an old system in use in the Azores, and,I think Sicily that could help, I don't know. From flawed memory, rather than raised beds, a series of round holes, about 10 ft in diameter, a few feet deep, surrounded by dry-laid fieldstone walls. The soil in the holes is built up with compost, etc. The rock walls funnel limited rain down, and limit wind-caused loss of transpired water vapor. Basically, a bunch of small garden microclimate areas. No clue if it would work where you are.
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    An article on building a pot in pot cooler https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot-in-pot_refrigerator
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    Pretty cool, no pun intended. There is an ancient, but heavier very cheap alternative from the middle east called a "zeer" in Arabic. Basically, an unglazed clay pot inside a larger container ( usually another unglazed clay pot ), with a layer of sand between the 2 vessels. The sand is wet with water, and a damp cloth is used as a covering. As the narrator stated, works best in hot, dry conditions. Humidity will make it less efficient, but a couple big clay flowerpots and a bag of playground sand from the DIY store set me back about $20 US, and kept the beer cold, while I did garden chores, even in humid Virginia
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  5. Silver is still used in some burn dressings (clearly labeled "external use only"). Traditional use of some substance does not mean that it is safe, or even works at all. Traditionally, lead arsenate was used as an insecticide, anhydrous ammonia was used as a fertilizer, and elemental mercury was used to treat STD's. Not good ideas, but traditional. Some old stuff still works, willow bark is where we got aspirin, but knowledge has come a long way. Take advantage of the fact that we now know a lot that our grandparents didn't. Superstitious reliance on the past can kill you.
  6. Awwwww. . You mean it wasn't built by grey aliens using harmonic convergence powered laser drills and antigravity crystals?? How disappointing. . The pyramids were impossible until someone noticed the round stone holes along the Nile, that are still used to this day to anchor simple wooden lever cranes to manually lift heavy weights.
  7. The house inside a greenhouse is probably a good idea for mostly cold climates. Here in virginia, usa, the interior of an older lexan glazed greenhouse that my company uses stays above 50f all winter, but even with ventilation and shade cloth, stays above 90f, and frequently above 100f, for 6 to 8 months a year. It would take a lot of careful engineering to make it liveable in summer.
  8. It's a bit strange, but the past week of slightly lower temps, constant overcast skies and a lot of light rain, ahead of the incoming hurricane, is making the tomatoes and peppers go absolutely nuts with vine growth and flowering. Nope, nope, not a strange growing season at all......
  9. The cucumbers at the facility did ok, basil did pretty well after a battle with Japanese beetles, squash and zucchini were coming along until human footprints stomped hell outta the plants. Guess someone hates squash. Sunflowers and marigolds and zinnias were about all that did well, in the flower section. At home, the freebie Hungarian wax peppers, cayenne and cherry tomatoes are going nuts after a hot weather lull.Most herbs are just ok, Cuban oregano not bad, not great, but you need <40 F Temps or a flamethrower to kill that stuff. Still a crappy year, in general
  10. NOT a political post. This has just been my worst growing season ever, and I'm 65. Odd weather has kicked my butt this year. Here in Va, it was too cold and wet to plant until almost June. We have alternated record high rainfall and record high temperatures. My tiny semi hydroponic herb and tomato garden did just ok. The raised beds at a local assisted living facility we support were a disaster. Baked desert one day, swamp the next. If I was a pioneer in the area in the past, I would be thinking up recipes for cooking my shoes this winter. Anybody have a good growing season this year?
  11. I have always had problems with blossom end rot, due to calcium deficiency, in my tomatoes, even after mixing eggshells into the potting mix and spraying with calcium supplement. I tried something weird this season. In late spring, I tried covering about 2 dozen eggshells in a quart of cider vinegar, and leaving them, with occasional "burping", the container to vent CO2. Eventually, only the inner soft shell lining remained, and pH was close to 7. Strained, and diluted 3:1 and gave plants a 1 cup soil drench 1x week. So far, great crop of big girls and cherry tomatoes, with no blossom end rot. It might work
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    SURVIVAL necklace

    Cool setup 1 piece of uninvited advice, add something like 2 loops and a rubberband, something breakable. An acquaintance slipped coming out of a tree stand several years ago, and hooked his skinning knife on a paracord loop on a branch. Fortunately, the branch broke before his neck did. I got paranoid, and now use really cheap bead chain, usually inside a piece of aquarium tubing, so my neck doesn't turn green.
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    Why Being Prepared Pays Off In The Long Run

    Sorry to hear that, @dthomasdigital, a damn shame my only suggestion, worth exactly what you paid for it, would be to try treating the trees with compost tea fertilization. Based on our mostly unscientific experiments, it really kicks up vegetative growth (herbs and lettuces), but not great for blossoms and fruiting growth. (Tomatoes ) what makes me think it might help the trees is that the overspray and drainage into soil have made the volunteer maple saplings and that $÷%*£@( Euonymus bush go batsh*t crazy with leaf and branch growth good luck, my friend
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    Desert Monsoon Season

    One reason I moved to Va 40 years ago was general lack of weird weather. Not so much lately. Record low temperatures and record low snowfall last winter. Too cold and rainy for spring planting in March and April and May. Record high temperatures and rainfall with Shenandoah river flooding about every 3 weeks since May. Better off than much of the country, but it ought to raise eyebrows, at least. Damn shame that superstition and profit motive have overruled scientific consensus that us dumb humans are making bad things worse worldwide.
  15. Laughing, because I have most of those items nail clippers are great for trimming monofilament fishing line, too. Wooden spring clothespins have a million uses, not the least being dry kindling in a wet weather emergency situation. I guess my 2 oddballs would be a 4-in-hand farrier's rasp for cleaning up surfaces on hillbilly hacks in wood, plastics and soft metals, and a marlinspike made out of a paracord wrapped dulled-point aluminum shrimp deveiner I got for 3 bucks. Absolutely invaluable when dealing with any sort of cordage project.