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May Lotito wrote:Asking for truck load of manure as birthday gift


Nothing weird about that in my opinion. ;) My mom couldn't begin to understand the load of mulch I wanted (see above).
 
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(Not sure I'm a bona-fide permie, but this fits.)

When you watch a vibrant yellow male goldfinch walk up the stalk of a mature dandelion head in your yard, push it to the ground, and start eating the seeds ... and you call your wife to bring the binoculars.
 
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Your always cleaning under your finger nails from accumulated dirt from working on yard or garden.
 
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Michael Moreken wrote:Your always cleaning under your finger nails from accumulated dirt from working on yard or garden.


I gave up cleaning my nails mostly :)
 
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I find myself clean my finger nails the taking and putting this debris into some ~ 'compost' going out
 
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You go to "flush" the toilet with sawdust, but have to pause upon seeing round, white shapes in there, which upon further inspection, turn out to be mushrooms! Which of course, is a source of excitement rather than being grossed out. They're helping! And then you call your partner in to marvel at the new fungal friends before finally adding more sawdust.
 
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My house is on a slope so even my garden/hugelbed/compost pile/brush pile are on the side and back of the house, they are still highly visible from the road. DH said one friend told him he liked what our yard used to be, i.e. barren. My suggestion was that we plant a 200 ft edible hedge row for privacy.
 
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When today's interaction with a wasp consisted of being bonked in the face by one, and I told it "Hey, watch where you are going! I'm not one of those caterpillars you are hunting!"
This interaction did not involve wasp spray, hysteria or either of us being hurt.
The caterpillars it's after are cabbage moths on the kale. Good wasp! Eat them up!
I like wasp interactions like that. :D
 
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When you spend time in the garden, thinking out how the common name of an insect type needs to be changed to reflect reality...
"squash bug" works much better as "squash this bug" :D
 
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...When you wish someone would invent a way to hold the heat and humidity of summer canning till winter, and let it out in the house when it would be welcomed :D
 
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When you can hear a tree service chipping stuff up a mile away and know what it is (and get them to dump the chips by your garden)
 
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When you consider the lady who filled her ~8 ft trailer with horse shit for me to bring to my place and compost, "my friend"!
 
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When you get them to drop the chips and then spend 6 hours moving 2/3rds of the pile before running out of steam.  The pile is 6' high and if it was a circle it would be 20' in diameter.
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That'll just take a few minutes to distribute...
That'll just take a few minutes to distribute...
 
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I'm in a rental, it has things I don't use, like the garbage disposal. I just found an excellent permies type use for it though!
I pulled off the squash bug eggs on my plants, ripped off a bit of leaf, got them all, then ran them down the disposal. Knew that thing had to be useful for something other than clogging up the sink!
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:I'm in a rental, it has things I don't use, like the garbage disposal. I just found an excellent permies type use for it though!
I pulled off the squash bug eggs on my plants, ripped off a bit of leaf, got them all, then ran them down the disposal. Knew that thing had to be useful for something other than clogging up the sink!

I was waiting for the bit about you redirecting the outgoing plumbing from the dispoal to lead directly to a compost heap...
 
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Jay Angler wrote: I was waiting for the bit about you redirecting the outgoing plumbing from the dispoal to lead directly to a compost heap...


I have considered it!!  :D
 
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When you can't tell if you're proud or embarrassed that people can't tell you're growing food.

Random person: "Is that your...compost heap?"

Me: "No no, that's potatoes. I just stuck them on the grass and mulched them, and the potatoes grew. The tops of the plants have died because it's the end of their season. But, see, look, there's pototoes right here!"

:we walk to another section of the property:

Random person: "I see you fenced this....is this a garden?"

Me: "Oh yes! See these are kale plants going to seed. I haven't had to plant kale in years because it sprouts from seeds. And there's peas here, and a tomato plant and huckleberries here, and those borage and nasturtium flowers are edible. The yellow flowered things are trefoil and they put nitrogen in the soil, so I don't worry too much about them taking over."

Well, at least I now know for certain that zombies won't be able to find our food. But, I also now know that most humans think I just have a run-down garden. I'm not quite sure how to feel about all of this...
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:

Well, at least I now know for certain that zombies won't be able to find our food. But, I also now know that most humans think I just have a run-down garden. I'm not quite sure how to feel about all of this...

Many humans seem to have this internal desire for order, or they've been socially conditioned for it. Hopefully as permaculture spreads, more people will embrace "disorder".
 
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that's funny you say that, Nicole. People always comment on my garden because it doesn't look like one. It obviously is full of... things... but nobody really knows what they are. When I take someone through and point out what all is stuffed here and there, it is nearly embarrassing how many things I've got. It's not pretty rows, and I've only started adding non-food flowers over the last year or so. But it's all planted exactly where it is supposed to be, after a few years of trial and error. Til I learn something that works even better, anyway. In the meantime... no zombies getting my food!!!
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:When you get them to drop the chips and then spend 6 hours moving 2/3rds of the pile before running out of steam.  The pile is 6' high and if it was a circle it would be 20' in diameter.



Seems too much like work. Just plant some legumes and in 3 years  you'll have a great mound garden!
 
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You know you are a permie when you wanted to buy some sugar in the supermarket and return with seed packs instead of sugar.
 
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So I need to take my dog to the vet today (he bruised his ear again, silly dog) and luckily I looked into the mirror before leaving... because my neck and face was covered in dirt after gardening!

You're a permie when you need to wipe the mud off your face before you go to the people...
 
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You know you're a permie when you rent a backhoe to "put in some drainage around the cabin pad" and "dig up some building materials" (clay for cordwood/cobwood construction), but that drainage just happens to be 2 large ponds, one of which is an expansion inspired by the kratergarten (crater garden) while the other is an expansion for a future fish and duck pond

plus there's two cattail settling ponds in the main drainage around the pad to increase the dragonfly and frog populations

plus there's a new small pond in the pasture

AND there's now a section of topsoil 10 feet deep for the future peaches

...oh, and some decent huglekulture

These pictures are a week old already - should have grabbed more today but the machine goes back wednesday and I have still have SO MUCH TO DO!
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perch pond before
perch pond before
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blueberry pond before
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perch pond during dig
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blueberry pond during dig
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hugles during dig
 
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You know you are a permie when... You lose too many of your (very scant!) tomato harvest to raccoons, pick up the over half eaten tomato corpses and say "well, at least I can get the seeds out of these." The raccoons knew which ones were perfectly ripe.
 
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Wave you PERMIE-GEEK flag high, pump your fist be permie proud! :)

Flushing it down the toilet IS NOT the only thing you know what to do with poop...

"Scat" is a word that can come up in regular dinner conversation...as in "I saw more bear scat on the west side of the fruit trees today"

Dehydrated - means time to water your plants, or a form of food storage - NOT that YOU need to drink more water, or use lotion...

You dream up ways to "ferment"... everything...

You believe everything used, can be reused...

Saw, is as often used to describe a tool and what you do to wood, as it is what you did with your eyes...
 
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Due to mostly crop failure and raccoons, I had to buy canning tomatoes. I got organic heirloom tomatoes, and I seeded them, not going to kill all those good seeds in the canner! :D

Some of the seeds:


 
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... when you've got a tired duckling tucked in your vest and are watching it nod off to sleep and think that's way better than TV.
 
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....you dream about seeing someone promoting a "green" product to deal with bird poop in water from the roof and start explaining to them (and their whole audience) about how what they really need is a simple first flush system. And then go on to describe how that's far more practical, cost effective and probably "green" than constantly buying a product that uses tons of inputs that have to be extracted, shipped, etc. Then you start talking about how they should really read Brad Lancaster's books. Then, upon returning to the waking world, you feel slightly disappointed with your dream self for not having used the phrases "greenwashing" or "appropriate technology".
 
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When you walk out the side door and right at the edge of the patio are some volunteer wine cap mushrooms.  So you pick them and start dehydrating them for a PEP BB
 
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Company coming reminds you that sometimes dust takes priority over rust!
 
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When you empty your pockets to wash the trousers and there are empty seed packages in both! Today: a birch boletus mycelium, and radishes. The radish bag was a wholesale quantity, but almost expired, so I'll either have lots of radishes everywhere, or none...
 
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When you are picking the cherry tomatoes, but leave a good looking one, because you'd have to disturb an orb spider web. It can have a tomato. Maybe it'll attract something for the spider.  :D
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:When you are picking the cherry tomatoes, but leave a good looking one, because you'd have to disturb an orb spider web. It can have a tomato. Maybe it'll attract something for the spider.  :D



My spider ate a bee! I try to encourage them to rethink the idea of making webs very close to flowering honey plants... but this one was sitting above a lovage bush. I also found one sitting on a cherry tomato, and it was a tiny hunting spider, one of those that don't make webs but run after their prey (I guess). And it didn't want to give up the tomato! It was running under it and to the other side so I couldn't chase it off. One stubborn spider! But I still took the tomato, the spider had to jump on a greener one ;)
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Bad spider!
Bad spider!
 
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In my house I have what I call "franchised spiders." If you have a web, stay in it, and eat things I don't like, I won't remove you. I once saw a itty bitty jumping/hunting spider attack, take down, and eat a huge water bug! Size wise that would be me like taking down and eating a school bus. I told it "you, and anyone who looks like you, are franchised, even though you don't stay put!" Amazing little spiders.
I used to be phobic of spiders, now they are my friends. :D
 
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You know you're a permie when you visit friends who are also permies and you eat delicious food and everything around is edible, compostable, regenerative and beautiful! And the chickens want to eat your pencils but not your charcoal.
 
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You know you're a permie when...

You weren't able to make the boot program for financial reasons, but when you saw a job posting for labor at a nursery thought,

"2 birds, 1 stone"

and got the job
 
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You know you're a permie when you congratulate people on landing nursery jobs


Boon Safty wrote:You know you're a permie when...

You weren't able to make the boot program for financial reasons, but when you saw a job posting for labor at a nursery thought,

"2 birds, 1 stone"

and got the job



Congrats  I worked as a "weed boy" at a perennials nursery when I was 16 - first exposure to things like the edibility of chickweed, "compost" as a thing you could do with "weeds" and "red wigglers". If only I knew what I was getting into, I never would have ditched the job to go fishing!
 
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You know you're a permie when you see one of these babies for the first time.....

And go running off to the interwebz to ID it. First hit is a "pest control" site, from which you take the species name but discard the rest with an audible "pshaw", and then after a bit more research you send photos and links to everyone you know as you rejoice greatly that a new critter most people have never seen decided to visit your tiny urban garden.

(no, it's not a Snitch! Male carpenter bee, Xylocopa species, and not my picture either, I don't bring the phone out in the garden. I get lots of carpenter bees and other large bumble-type bees (for lack of a better word) when my passionfruits and squash are open, they are the major pollinators. Right now neither are open, maybe he was just scouting out territory? He was quite aggressive but as he checked out a few holes I was able to get a really close look. I know they're here, but have never seen the golden male. Bees are alive and well here, and it is so nice to have this reminder of why we avoid gick.)
 
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