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Pearl Sutton

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Chronic reader, creative dreamer, a LOT of hand skills to make things real, intense health issues that limit my activity, but not my creativity or dreams. Moved to southern Missouri with enough tools and junk to build a life that might work well with my health. One of god’s gigglers, I punctuate with smiley faces and exclamation points when I type, and smile and laugh a lot in real life. (Often at things no one else understands.) And I both curtsy at people (even when wearing grubby work clothes) and purr when hugged, both online and in real life. “Normal” is not a word that has ever been used for me.
Been organic gardening all my life, and bought 4 acres that I have designed from the ground up. Making it happen is being the most fun I have ever had in my life, the best 3D jigsaw puzzle ever! Reading Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was like coming home, ah, THERE I am! A reality where I can use all of my multifaceted talents and skills!
Dumpster diver, recycler, second hand store shopper, I tell people I am attracted to rust and lace. I have violated every warranty I have ever met, I’m a tool using animal, and I use my tools to modify everything in my world. And it only gets weirder...
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Ian Young wrote:

I do wonder if paw paws, being understory trees, might be susceptible to some of the common causes of winter damage, like sun scald and desiccating wind. Probably best to give them a protected microclimate if you can. Maybe Michael's book talks about some of this! I think I'll grab a copy; good first-hand information on paw paw cultivation is a little hard to find.

Yes, it does talk about that! As well as everything else I can think of to ask, I was amazed at how thorough it is. Excellent book!
12 hours ago
I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns easily, I’d give 20 if I could!
Everything I have ever wanted to ask about pawpaws is covered, things it never occurred to me to ask are covered, it’s an amazing amount of information!

If I had to pick ONE thing that will help me the most from this, with all the tons of information about how to plant them, where and why, it would be the nugget “Pawpaws grow well with black walnut trees.” That just gave me a ton of info about where I can put them, and gave me a great companion tree to my black walnut population that is being a bit problematic to deal with.

The table of contents does not do this book justice. The chapter entitled Pawpaw Planting 101 covers what type of soil, how to dig the hole, sheet mulching, companion planting, fungi, and ... wow, way more than I would have expected from one chapter. The book also covers what fungi affect them, what those fungi do to the fruit, how to harvest them, recipes that look absolutely wonderful, this is definitely a long tem keeper book, not just one you read and return to the library.

Fantastic book Mr Judd! You love your pawpaws, know a LOT about them, and communicate it VERY clearly! Thank you for the best book I have seen on pawpaws!

12 hours ago
Hi Richard!
I don't see any linked pictures....?
1 day ago
Welcome to Permies, where a lot of us have lists like that! The deer eat my stuff, and some of my planting notes contain the phrase "death by chicken" when they decide the term chicken tractor should apply to them.

What is the picture that looks like a purple banana? And I like the fiery looking flowers I can't identify either, tropicals aren't my skillset :)

Looks like good plans!
I  don't have a greenhouse yet, so the things I want to put there to extend my zone are currently in the house. Turmeric, ginger and lemon grass are in here right now. I also end up with random tomato plants started off cuttings, to hold over to start early next year (this year's batch just got cut two days ago.) And sweet potato vines for winter greens, decor, and slips for next year. I tend to pick up plants cheap this time of year, and leave them in the house till spring. Give me a month, my list in the house will be longer :)  

And somewhere on Permies I recall a thread on figs that people move in and out for winter.
1 day ago
New flowers forum bump, this one from 7 years ago was never identified!
1 day ago
The sweet potatoes have a home now... a weird one! Thread on it...
Odd Sweet Potato Trellis
I am growing sweet potatoes for greens in the house this winter, and for pretty. Today me and mom made an odd trellis for them. I had dragged home some rusty wadded up wire fencing from the burn pit near us (I'm like that) and we hammered it out flat, but couldn't make it lay straight, so we hammered in the curves. Decided we liked that effect, and hung two pieces like drapes on the window, and the sweet potato vines will have them covered soon. Rustic? Unique? Horrifying? Interesting use of burn pit trash? Hard to define this one.. :D

2 days ago
Bump! This never did get ID'd!
2 days ago
bump! These never did get identified. The first one is some kind of thistle, but I don't know what kind. Anyone able to ID it better? And the second one is unknown.
2 days ago