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    • Sun, Jul 05, 2020 - 09:57am

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      vshelford

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      We Could Use Superman Right About Now

    Superman was a very interesting character and storyline.  His “niceness” was initially laughed at (or loathed) within the stories, but his primary victory always seemed to be, a return to innocence.  It’s a pity he had to be so steeped in American exceptionalism, which has so distorted rational discourse or the American view of the rest of the world, but I guess that’s the self-reinforcing myth that sells – in the US anyway.  But the caricature of “niceness” that wins out in the end – wins our hearts and minds, not just “gets the bad guy” – is what interests me.  That a caricature can be both a cartoon that our sophisticated social selves laugh at, but our hearts actually embrace, is quite an achievement.

    • Mon, Jun 01, 2020 - 03:22pm

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      above-ground strawberry farm

    yes – I wonder if that’s what it is.  Mind you, people do grow strawberries in the oddest places, like vertical pipes with holes for the plant, etc.  They don’t get much soil there either.  Ours are currently sprawling all over some pretty unforgiving ground, and still berrying.  Tough little things.

    • Wed, May 27, 2020 - 02:16pm

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      above-ground strawberry farm

    This is spectacular – hadn’t seen it before.  I note it was posted in 2017 – how has it worked out long term?  Any experience to share?

    • Mon, May 18, 2020 - 06:55pm

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      Do you have a Victory garden?

    Peggy – looks like a great idea!  Any idea of the weight, fully loaded, for guessing how much one’s balcony can take?

    • Sun, May 17, 2020 - 10:47am

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      Building A Homestead From Scratch

    Lovely spot, lovely home Sebastian!  My husband and I are down in the Gulf Islands – Thetis – with our home-built home.  We visited Lund a few years ago when we were boating in that area, but a major storm blew up and our boat was only 23 ft so we skedaddled.  I’m guessing “isolation” is about as much of a problem for you as it is for us, which is to say, not much.  Lund seemed like a nice little community.

    I was going to start a forum on building one’s own place, but perhaps I could join yours?

    • Wed, Apr 29, 2020 - 02:22pm

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      Covid19: Home Prep, Deep Pantry & Gardening Megathread

    Vertical Squash Garden

    There are SO MANY gardening threads, it’s hard to know where to go to post something.  Is there any way  to consolidate?  Anyway, here’s a picture I was sent – wouldn’t this be a sight?  Has anyone done this?  I’d have to have a fenced off place to do it, but what a great idea.  And I wonder if it would help against the perennial mold problem with squashes?

    • Sat, Apr 18, 2020 - 02:51pm

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      Do you have a Victory garden?

    Fightingback Envious –

    Sounds like you’re in Britain?  Any community gardens nearby?  Any community land that might be turned into garden space (negotiating with your local councils)?  My husband’s cousin in Islington in London can walk to her allotment in a community garden, and was instrumental in a group taking over a derelict railway line ravine and turning it into the garden – part allotments and part nature reserve.  With all the traffic noise all around, the birdsong in there is heartwarming.  Here’s her and Graeme in her allotment:

    • Thu, Apr 09, 2020 - 09:47pm

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      Rats!

    Sabemenos – in your house?  That’s horrible!  We were able to keep our infestation to the basement/crawl space, which was bad enough.  Yes – you really have to wonder why the sudden plague of rats now, after 100 years.  Population pressures pushing them out of other areas perhaps?  Anyway, not fun.  I hope the trapping works, because they are unfortunately very intelligent about their own survival.  Keep us posted please!

    • Thu, Apr 09, 2020 - 02:05pm

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      Rats!

    Sabemenos – aquatic rats?  I suppose they used to come off ships from all over, so they aren’t afraid of water.  Do you know what kind they are?  Hope they aren’t the big “norway” version – they seem more intimidating somehow.  I guess they’re like lemmings – they go through population explosions.  We need to help on the collapse…  If you are going the exterminator route, how is he doing it?

    • Thu, Apr 09, 2020 - 10:54am

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      Rats!

    One more point relating to the information in the article – we discovered later that the reason the rats were so obsessed with our water pipes was because they were of a particular type in common use in the ’90s (and perhaps later, but not now in Canada), which were made of, among other things, vegetable oil.  We don’t recall what they were called, but they looked like just common grey plastic water pipes.  We didn’t have to replace the whole system, thank heaven, because the pepper spray seems to have put them off.

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