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Kw Velasco

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since Sep 22, 2012
I live in a shallow valley that is zone 9 with a very hot & dry Mediterranean climate with hot winds from the W & NW.
The usual annual rainfall is 8.5 inches - but we are in a drought well over 10 years. Very hot in the summer and foggy and cold in the winter.
I do have black locust trees on my property - and some of their seeds have sprouted : )
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Recent posts by Kw Velasco

Just got back from spending the day in jury duty ; /  and  I am excited to say . . .

I upped my backing to 101.00 so I can participate in all of
the many goodies that I have been hoping for : D

Stretch goals # 4, 5, & 6 are most worthy to me.

Thank you, everyone who has pledged - to get the total up
to where I can get all I wanted!

Happiness : )      

76,605.00 and counting . . .

2 weeks ago
I like the quote about doing the work now to give a gift to your future self ; )

The older I get - the more this matters to me.
I appreciate getting these types of emails. It brings to my attention posts I did not even know were there

Keep up the good work.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you !!

I have a request on how the older posts are listed.

When I look to all the marvelous posts of information that are older than the current year - all it says is ' # years ' instead of the actual date.

This can be very frustrating when trying to figure out what time of year the post was made.

Would it be possible to change this feature to show the actual date?

I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you .
Wahoo !!

1601 backers and $51,778 in fulfilling the dream : )

1 month ago
Just put in my money towards this kickstarter !!
I am hoping that you do really well : )
1 month ago
The bunnies that are here are biting the stems and killing the plants ; (

- Or maybe they are the ground squirrels that are hiding from the hawks ; (

I think that they are eating my cherry tomato plants to get moisture from them ; (

Only lost two plants so far - but they ate the stem close to the ground and killed the plant dead.

Hoping that you can keep the critters away from your plants.
2 months ago
Hello to all : )

I am very excited to find out that there is a 'new to me' tool available from Yury Smirnov, of for a very special giveaway of four Fokin ploskorez hoe blades!

" The Fokin ploskorez hoe was invented in by Vladimir Fokin. It can be used as a hoe, spade, rake and even like a mini scythe, as it is sharpened on all planes of the blade. This tool is used and loved by Sepp Holzer! These are genuine ploskorez (flat-cutters) made by the Fokin family. They are crafted from forged, tempered steel which makes them very strong and hard to bend. "

I am looking forward to being able to test out this incredible tool  - if I am able to win it - here at my own place. The very fact that it is durable is extremely important to me - mainly because I am constantly killing my tools when out in my garden. I have very hard clay soil and many rock hiding below ground. I have already killed 4 hula-hoes : some by breaking the metal stirrup part of it from pressure exerted trying to dig under the surface and others by snapping in half the old wooden handle of the tool.

I would very much like to win one of these indestructibly sturdy steel Fokin Flatcutters. Thank you, Yury, for putting on this give-a-way for us here at Permies!

here is more info about it :
2 months ago