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Any coffee grounds and paper go not to a land fill, but somewhere into a production cycle to get recycled.
 
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Posting this on Thanksgiving:
When you realize if you asked the neighbors "what kind of pumpkin did you make your pies out of?" The answer would be a brand name.
I made mine out of a Blue Doll, I don't know a brand name, I know a variety name :D
 
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When you go to Starbucks in the fall not for a pumpkin latte, but to get all the used coffee grounds for the soil around your pumpkins, both to keep critters from chewing them and to replenish nitrogen they took from the soil.

When you're listening to Christmas music and are horror struck when you hear the line in Away in a Manger, "the little lord Jesus asleep on the hay" because you immediately start thinking about all the toxic chemicals it probably has on it and how harmful that would be for a newborn. Then you remember that they didn't have aminopyralids and roundup in those days and go back to baking pumpkin pie from your abundant pumpkin harvest.

When your fall and winter "decor" revolves around pumpkins, because you have a tiny house and nowhere to put all of them other than your main living space.

There seems to be a theme here...I think the pumpkins took over my brain, along with the yard.
 
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When you dog has a bout of explosive, fire hose diarrhea at 3 am, you go to let him out (no lights on), and your wool socks end up saturated with the vile stuff. But dammit! They're perfectly good wool socks, no holes or anything. So you throw them out in the frozen snow, knowing you will get over the revulsion and find a way to clean them.
 
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Douglas Alpenstock wrote:When you dog has a bout of explosive, fire hose diarrhea at 3 am, you go to let him out (no lights on), and your wool socks end up saturated with the vile stuff. But dammit! They're perfectly good wool socks, no holes or anything. So you throw them out in the frozen snow, knowing you will get over the revulsion and find a way to clean them.




Rinse as much out as you can. Sprinkle with baking soda and let it soak in for an hour. Rinse with vinegar until the fizzing stops.

You'd be amazed how well that gets things out!
 
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When you have a moment of joy finding a bunch of nicely harvested, dried and stored mushrooms in your shed. And then you realize the squirrels didn't label the species. Dammit.
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I have 1/4 acre land neglected for years and it's covered with invasives. I want to turn it into a food forest/ wild life habitat. I looked up to see how many pep badges I am going to get out of this project.  At least 8 if I remember to take pictures: odd ball--making biochar; making twine; making basket; brush pile; seed balls; dropping tree with bow saw; dropping dead tree with chain saw; and fresh harvest.
 
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I knew I was a permie when:

I went to my local mom and pop hardware store and gleefully found them selling red wriggler worms, live ladybugs, and praying mantis egg cases.
I bought my new half-acre property and gave my husband a long list of bushes that needed to get pulled out because they were purely ornamental. Then we went to the nursery to replace them with edibles.
I have a great place on my property to put a few more fruit trees, but planting them in that spot would make it difficult for the mulch delivery truck to turn around. And by golly, free mulch delivered from a big ol' dump truck is a blessing!
I could've be a SKIP badge expert if I'd joined this site about 4 years ago! Time to start documenting my projects, I suppose.
Hubbie and sons collected free firewood from fallen trees after a windstorm blew through our neighborhood. About a cord of free hardwood!
We picked up an old dog kennel set out with the neighbor's trash because the size was just right to extend the gate of the chicken run.
We go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore not necessarily for home repair parts, but because they sell windows we can use for cold frames. And the old guy who runs the till thinks we're weirdly cool.
We foraged for bamboo because it makes great trellis supports.
I air layered a fig tree just because I wanted to learn how to do it.
I saved an apple seed that was sprouting inside the apple core. Now it's almost 6 inches tall.
I found a pecan sprouting in my compost bin. Moved it to a reused cottage cheese container to let it do its thing.
 
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You know you're a permie when...

you give a garbage can of duck shit to your neighbor. Merry Christmas!

You know your neighbor's a permie when...

you get a big smile in return! Paid in full!

(Actually, he's known to give us fresh salmon if he goes fishing and has more than he can use - fresh salmon and a smile, in return for duck shit and we're both happy!)
 
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When your husband gives up trying to remember all the names of things you do, and calls them all "making." ... Growing food=making food, knitting/felting/weaving/sewing=making cloth, etc. (He usually half-joking calls all my fibre art stuff "knitting" ). And then he tells you that "buying lives matter" (his hobbies require buying hot wheels or other collectibles).

When your 4-year old daughter gets a doll and realizes the dress was cheaply made, and says, "It's probably made out of polyester. Mama, can you sew Cinderella a new dress?" And so you spend the next two hours making a tiny dress from an old blue blouse and fabric left over from a project 14 years ago...

When looking at seed catalogs is a family affair that requires a multicolored pen to indicate who wants what for their gardens (and everyone has at least one garden bed)....
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I'm purple, my husband's green, my son is blue and my daughter is pink. Thankfully the multicolored pen has all four of our favorite colors!
I'm purple, my husband's green, my son is blue and my daughter is pink. Thankfully the multicolored pen has all four of our favorite colors!
 
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When you pull out a weed to add to operations, and get the whole root out Happy!   when plant snaps off without root or much of one (or a handy mallet/pick axe near by) feel a little bummed and move to next weed.
Weeding is great activity after a rain!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:When looking at seed catalogs is a family affair that requires a multicolored pen to indicate who wants what for their gardens (and everyone has at least one garden bed)....


Hahah, love that! :-)
 
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You're forced to go to the laundromat cause your rainwater supply is running low. In the hopes of avoiding contaminating your laundry with other people's smelly detergents, you skip the dryers there and opt to hang it in your bathroom to dry. Alas, the trace amounts of detergent make the laundry reek of whatever chemical cocktail it is that normal people think smells "clean".
Then you're struck by the fact that your unvented composting toilet smells better to you than said "clean" laundry, which makes you feel so sick that you have to put it outside to air out.
 
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And then you go back to pondering which is really your favorite song about composting toilets, "Your Potty is a Wonderland" by the Watershed Management group or "Dad's Dunny" by Formidable Vegetable. So hard to choose...
 
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Just gonna drop this here:
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Hee hee, saw this on facebook



(Did the image show up? Sometimes they don't show up when copied from facebook...)

 
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You are tempted by an ad for free, heavy duty bubble wrap. An entire shipping container full -- 150,000 square feet. And you start calculating uses (frost cover, insulated greenhouse, adult bouncy castle) while simultaneously calculating the possibility of divorce if you take it.
 
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....if your son comes up with idea to make a rocket stove out of his magnet tile blocks, and fills it full of pencils for fuel and puts a potato fry from your garden in the "pot" on top to cook.
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You can't really see the fry, but it is in there!
You can't really see the fry, but it is in there!
 
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You're at a friend's house, looking out at his sloping lawn, and imagining where the swales would likely go.
 
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The glass of water you just tried to drink out of had seeds soaking in it.
 
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You run outside chortleing with glee in a rain event
You refer to a storm as a rain event
You plant buckwheat so it will become wild and your grandchildren can forage it if there's a famine
You LOVE "invasives", the more the better (especially if they're edible, just imagine; a food source that you can't get rid of!)
Your friends can see you have experience in some sphere of knowledge, but for the life of them can't figure out which one
 
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Amy Arnett wrote:The glass of water you just tried to drink out of had seeds soaking in it.



and you immediately recall that tomato seeds are viable after passing through the digestive system . . .
 
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Phil Gardener wrote:

Amy Arnett wrote:The glass of water you just tried to drink out of had seeds soaking in it.



and you immediately recall that tomato seeds are viable after passing through the digestive system . . .

so you choose carefully where you're going to put your next couple of "deposits" - seeds and fertilizer in one drop...
 
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Jay Angler wrote:

Phil Gardener wrote:

Amy Arnett wrote:The glass of water you just tried to drink out of had seeds soaking in it.



and you immediately recall that tomato seeds are viable after passing through the digestive system . . .

so you choose carefully where you're going to put your next couple of "deposits" - seeds and fertilizer in one drop...



Oh crap, you're right!
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