Judith Browning

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since Jun 21, 2012
Living in a small rural town after forty years in the woods......
Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep clay/loam with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
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Alternatively- any non-disposable versions I could possibly make

We use 10 -12" squares of muslin folded small and stacked in a wide mouth half pint jar then covered with plain 70% isopropyl alcohol.
For us they work great and when home they get tossed in the wash and sun dried to use over and over again. I don't hem them or anything although there's a little fraying that pinking shears could help.

The jar comes in the house when we do to get refilled for the next outing.  
I don't think it would be a good idea to keep it in a hot car although I don't know if that's dangerous or not?

We only use them when going to the grocery store or some other shopping excursion...usually only one store a trip. They work well for hands and door handles.

3 days ago

Do you think it's unsafe to grow edible veggies or the effect is minimal so I can carry on?
I'd appreciate your advice!

Maybe just grow some nonedibles/less edibles along the edges? marigolds, sweet allysum...low profile things that won't interfere with your other plants.  
....just noticed my last post here....I guess it's clear who I've been reading lately

Burn them, burn them!
Make a beautiful fire!
More room in your heart for love,
for the trees!
For the birds who own nothing -
the reason they can fly.

~ Mary Oliver
1 week ago
I appreciate beautiful painstaking mends although I don't have the patience to make them anymore.

....I thought these were particularly lovely, and so nicely subtle.

Unfortunately they were posted with no credits by someone who always puts a lot of effort into crediting every facebook picture.

1 week ago
Yes! to reusing jars

...and making sure things are crispy dry when jarred.

I like using a lot of small jars for most things.  Every time a jar is opened there's a chance of more humidity entering so for things we use a lot and open and close in the kitchen, I use pint and quart jars.  Gallons for deeper storage in the pantry though.

I've used 'baggies' a bit in the past and I think they are permeable to moisture unless super heavy plastic and with a heavy duty zip lock?  Glass is so much better storage.
1 week ago

Scott Stiller wrote:That’s a great tip Judith. I thought the report button was for something unsavory that needed attention.

yes, that also Good things too though...

Scott Stiller wrote:If this is in the wrong forum let me know. What stage do you need to get to before you can give more than one apple a day? I see a lot of post that need some love thrown their way. When I became a member of this forum receiving an Apple meant the world to me. It meant that as a complete permaculture newbie I had contributed something of value to the community that gave me my start. Receiving an apple gives positive feedback that keeps folks growing. Thanks

Scott, you can also use the 'report' button at those posts and request that they be given an apple...usually just 'apple?' is enough for someone on staff to magically grant one
"We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden"

-joni mitchell
from Woodstock
1 week ago
I wonder if the plants might have been root bound in their original pots? That can cause their growth to stall out if the root ball wasn't opened up some.  Maybe try lifting one out of the tank and take a look at the roots just to see if they are sending out any new growth?
2 weeks ago

thomas rubino wrote:
I have a Lander's Corona,  hand crank mill.  Stone burrs and steel burrs.
It was the one to have back in the 70's. You know back when the dinosaurs were still about : )
Check Lehman's general store catalog.

That is the one that we have! It has been in use for much of the time since the mid seventies and we have just now replaced the burrs. I thought I would notice a huge difference in the surface of the new ones...not so much although can definitely tell which are the old ones.  I was so happy that parts were easy to find.

My dream mill, though, is that big flywheel one at Lehman's...last I looked somewhere in the $600 range where this Corona was around $30 when we bought it new so long ago.  The new burrs were almost as much.

We don't grind wheat anymore but when we did, depending on whether it was soft or hard wheat, it would take two or three times run through, tightening down a little more each time.   Now we're grinding buckwheat, oats, seseme, flax, lentils...all fairly easy to get fine grinding just once.
3 weeks ago