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Veronika C
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Need kombucha Scoby in Mesa area.
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cricket Jul 25, 2014.

galvanized steel troughs for gardening?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Catherine, The Herb Lady Sep 13, 2013.

 

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Liz & Dan replied to Veronika C's discussion Roaches in my compost - eeeeek!
"I wouldn't be thrilled about roaches in my worm bins!  This website for DE states that it can kill worms though: https://www.diatomaceousearth.com/faq/pest-control/outdoor/#does-de-kill-slugs-snails I would try setting dishes of the…"
Nov 3, 2016
Michael Cartsonis replied to Veronika C's discussion Roaches in my compost - eeeeek!
"I have heard that spreading diatomaceous earth is a natural way to kill cockroaches and other pests.  Keeping it dry is pretty critical...so I don't know how well it might work ON a compost heap.  I'm going to try it in my worm…"
Oct 21, 2016
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Need SCOBY in a East Mesa area...again.

I need a good scoby for starting kombucha. I have tried making my own from the GT's bottle and it kinda worked - weak sugar conversion and fizz production even after several weeks.I know somebody out there has a prolific scoby hotel going! Let me take one off your hands. :)Thanks.See More
Jan 6, 2015
Cricket replied to Veronika C's discussion Need kombucha Scoby in Mesa area.
"It makes very fizzy kombucha and continues to. Sometimes I get tired of it and I don't keep up with it so I toss it and start over, but it always works. I've never bought a Scoby. I also use the method the blog recommends with brewing it…"
Jul 25, 2014
Veronika C replied to Veronika C's discussion Need kombucha Scoby in Mesa area.
"I've read this page before but was put off by the non-recommendation intro. Has the Scoby you made this way made a good tasting, fizzy kombucha? Does it continue the same way batch after batch? Thanks so much for your input."
Jul 25, 2014
Cricket replied to Veronika C's discussion Need kombucha Scoby in Mesa area.
"You can grow your own Scoby so easily and it only takes a week or two in our weather. It has worked every time for me, even when I have used the non-original recipe from GT's, which is now available. Here is the link, or just search for Food…"
Jul 25, 2014
Veronika C posted a discussion

Need kombucha Scoby in Mesa area.

Anybody sharing/selling Scoby in or near Mesa?The last one I bought from someone on Craigslist made flat kombucha that never got very tangy, even though it did grow another Scoby. It went into the compost bin. I need a good starter!See More
Jul 23, 2014
Catherine, The Herb Lady replied to Veronika C's discussion galvanized steel troughs for gardening?
"Veronika, now that your basic question is settled, a tip about planting in containers.  Always plant in at least 6 inches from the sides to use the soil as insulation to the roots of the plants.  This particularly important with metal…"
Sep 13, 2013
Veronika C replied to Veronika C's discussion galvanized steel troughs for gardening?
"Thanks folks!"
Sep 13, 2013
raf evan replied to Veronika C's discussion galvanized steel troughs for gardening?
"yes, it is perfectly safe. dissolved zinc is actually one of the least toxic of  metals. It is not as common in both plants and animals. Deficiency, is in fact more common.  In many countries, standard plumbing-- including that for…"
Sep 12, 2013
Karis replied to Veronika C's discussion galvanized steel troughs for gardening?
"I have heard of many people doing it. I have no idea about zinc leach and if that happens if it is even something to be concerned about. There are lots of trace minerals and heavy metals present in the soil, and they contribute to health at the…"
Sep 12, 2013
Veronika C posted a discussion

galvanized steel troughs for gardening?

Does anyone know if it is safe to grow vegetables in a galvanized steel feed trough?I'm concerned about zinc leeching into the soil and if it's enough to be toxic.See More
Sep 12, 2013
Veronika C replied to Veronika C's discussion Roaches in my compost - eeeeek!
"Nice balanced attitude Liz&Dan.  If I knew there's no way they could ever make it into the house I wouldn't be concerned.Powell, on the other hand.......;)"
Sep 9, 2013
Liz & Dan replied to Veronika C's discussion Roaches in my compost - eeeeek!
"I actually just fed a couple of cockroaches to my chickens this morning.  My 3 yr old son got really freaked out by a disoriented cockroach about a month ago that flew and landed on him.  He got pretty scared of them, so I caught it and…"
Sep 9, 2013
Powell Gammill replied to Veronika C's discussion Roaches in my compost - eeeeek!
"Skin crawl?  Look at these beauties.  Aren't they magnificent?  I hear most people love them so much you actually buy hotels for them to place around your house.  Not that sort of special relationship and generosity really…"
Sep 9, 2013
Sheila replied to Veronika C's discussion Roaches in my compost - eeeeek!
"I often see roaches in my pile and try not to let it bother me. I see more now that I don't turn the pile as often. So turning it more will help, especially as that generally makes for a hotter, faster pile. I am doing a pretty slow pile. Also,…"
Sep 8, 2013

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My thumb isn't all that green but I keep trying because I think plants are amazing and the cycle of composting is beautiful. I expecially like cacti and roses.
It just makes so much sense that if we all paid more attention to how we use our resources, we'd have plenty to share with poor people all over the world. That's been one of the coolest things in my life, is that I get to link up people here in the US as sponsors for kids in developing nations (it's my voluneer work). I've traveled to many of those places; seen first hand how it works and met the children we sponsor.
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At 5:52pm on May 21, 2009, Rachel said…
I am 90% sure that we want her. I have to talk to my husband this evening when he comes home. :)
At 1:56pm on May 21, 2009, Rachel said…
Hi Veronika, I'm talking with my husband about the turkey. One thing that he's concerned with is her volume. Does she vocalize often? (The loud stuff, not the quiet purring noise they make) Do you have her in a pen now or is she just wandering around your yard?
At 11:38am on February 14, 2009, Jake Norton said…
Yes, it is I! How are you doing?

Rilie and I have the privilege of living at my in-laws' house in Mesa (they live and work at a Christian camp near San Diego). As a result, I have a big backyard that is sitting dormant! I went to the composting class today and got some valuable info.

Are those pictures at your house?
At 7:59am on February 14, 2009, Paul Ulici said…
newspaper, brown paper, almost any kind of paper except those glossy things that are printed with vivid colors, that stuff contains cadmium which is not a good thing. Cardboard is safe for sure (the brown stuff not the glossy stuff), but you can't use huge quantities of cardboard and it needs to be chopped small because cardboard has a LOT of carbon in it. The Carbon to Nitrogen ratio in cardboard is something like 300 to 1 (versus dry leaves which I believe are something around 60 to 1. The ink that printers use these days is mostly soy based. A properly balanced hot compost pile is a powerful thing. I subscribe to the mentality that everything in moderation is a good thing. Sure, some things ought to be avoided, but even some of the things labeled "poisonous", in minute amounts they're almost all good. Ok, maybe I'm a heretic by the standards of some "nature purists", but I've been composting for quite a while and I can tell you that the main thing is balancing the C/N ratio and getting it to somewhere around 30 or 40 to 1.
If your pile is too soggy and it stinks because it contains too much nitrogen rich stuff then add some dry leaves, paper or cardboard and make sure it is fluffed up so it gets some air. if it's not rotting because it is too high in carbon then add more greens and wet things and fresh manure. That's all there is to it.
I made a tumbling composter from a 55 gallon plastic barrel and it works great.


http://www.composting101.com/c-n-ratio.html
At 9:11am on February 10, 2009, Julie Norgaard said…
Hi Veronica - I also have sponsored children for years as my daughter was growing up - the idea was passed down from my father and up to my daughter, who is now a teacher working with underprivileged children through Headstart. it has been very rewarding and we always enjoy the pictures and letter we receive. It helps when there is so much to do in the world to feel as if we can make a little difference in our corner of it.
At 9:07am on February 10, 2009, Julie Norgaard said…
Beautiful peppers - did you grow them here?
 
 
 

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