Joylynn Hardesty

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Joy discovered Permaculture in 2015. Thanks, Paul! And suddenly the vast expanse of grass began to shrink. Her hubby is appreciative, as mowing is not fun for her guy.
Joy is designing her permaculture paradise from the edges. Fumbling and stumbling all the way. She successfully grows weeds and a few fruits and veggies in the humid Mid-south.
Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee
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At last, the promised pictures. More pine needles were used this year than needed as the kid did the needle layer. We still had more leftover to use elsewhere.
2 days ago
Or leave the knife in the drawer...

5 days ago
Welcome, Leigh! I look forward to picking your brain this week. Thank you for joining us!
6 days ago
I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.

The author writes in the introduction to her book

"This is not a "how to" book. Neither is it a "why to" book. This book is about two people having a dream and taking the first step toward it, then another, and another."

Within, she describes the journey she and her husband are traveling toward self sufficiency. They began on rental properties with a large garden, dreaming of their own place. Time marched on, and they raised their family.

When at last they were ready, lists were made describing the dream farm. As they shopped around they discovered that assorted compromises were necessary. Once a property became theirs, she details the repairs and improvements they accomplished to their land and home.

Representing the need to observe and adapt, included are multiple property plans detailing the changes that were made as their objectives matured and the reality of the land itself dictated their course.

She writes how they determined what they would need to be food self sufficient, and what they are doing to get there.

They made the decision not to keep more animals than their land could support. So they are working towards supplying all the feed for their goats, and chickens. She includes their experiences of crop failures, and describes what crops can be fed to which animal without threshing. For example, wheat heads to chickens, and dried cowpeas and sunflower seeds both in the hull to the goats.

In addition, the author also covers ideas for working towards self sufficiency in energy and water sources.

I found this book particularly helpful as I live in the same USDA  zone as the author. I look forward to learning more from her as she has written several additional books.
1 week ago
The first time I did that, they blew away too. My neighbors were not impressed. I don't shred my leaves. I spread them as thick as I can get them, then lightly sprinkle pine needes over that to hold them in place. I'll try to get a picture of my front bed in the next couple of days.

My first goal is to use the leaves as mulch. Of course, I want the nutrition for the soil, eventually, but they are also valuable as a mulch for as long as they will last.
1 week ago
Happy Valentine's day!

1 week ago
What about repelling Japanese beetles? One year they denuded my Gala apple.

Last year though, they spent  lot of time on the wild blackberries, and migrated to the elderberries after the harvest was done. I still had plenty of both berries to harvest. Due to quantity of them I'm okay with it, I'd rather have them stay away.

2 weeks ago
I am not sure. But I am bumping your thread, hoping a permie with experience will chime in.
2 weeks ago
I received my book today! I'll be busy for a while... later!
2 weeks ago