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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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Due to health and weather and chaos issues, the last of the seeds for that bed JUST got planted. Tomatoes are considering doing their thing, everything is small. Vining things (squash, cukes etc) and small, but flowering and considering it. Tomatoes are tall enough they need tying up (over 2 feet tall) will get to that soon.

So it'll be coming in late, but it's coming :)
Final count on things in that bed: 27 tomatoes of all types, 23 vining plants of various types, a very crowded bit of row about 4 feet long solid with cantaloupe, approx 120 bush bean plants of 6 varieties, a few greens of several  types and 90 or so peanut plants (I was tired of thinking, and just filled the empty spaces with them.) So it should have decent production, at some point here :)  Hoping the fungus that has been killing all my squash etc in the back doesn't get them too.

Garden in a neighbor's yard that we planted in winter squash needs about half replanted where things fungused out... I'll put in fall crops, at this point. What survived is looking like it's about to flower.

When today's interaction with a wasp consisted of being bonked in the face by one, and I told it "Hey, watch where you are going! I'm not one of those caterpillars you are hunting!"
This interaction did not involve wasp spray, hysteria or either of us being hurt.
The caterpillars it's after are cabbage moths on the kale. Good wasp! Eat them up!
I like wasp interactions like that. :D
2 days ago
I give this book 9 out of 10 apples!

I’d love to hand a copy of this to everyone who I have ever seen on Permies saying “But there’s so much! How do I even know what the choices are?”
permaculture tells how to choose from a dauntingly large toolkit — all the human technologies and strategies for living — to solve the new problem of sustainability. ~ Toby Hemenway
In this book Crystal Stevens shows a lot of the tools and options that are used in permaculture, and makes them accessible to people who are just starting out, have a yard and are overwhelmed, or want to work on a larger property and don’t know where to start.

Some things covered are why to get rid of your lawn, building soil, choosing plants, canning and cooking with what you grow, using herbs, and much, much more. It’s an excellent starting point, with lots of good ideas to think on.

I think my favorite part of the book was her showing us pictures of Punta Mona organic farm in Costa Rica, and gardens in the St Louis area. As I’m in that zone, the local pictures taught me a lot, and since I’m not in the zone for the tropical gardens of Costa Rica, it gave me inspiration and beautiful things to dream of doing within my own zone.

Definitely worth reading, and worth giving copies to people who are ready to learn but not sure of the steps to take.


Gerry Parent wrote:Looks like it a tool that allows grass/hay/straw to be layed down lenghtwise through the hoop and then compressed it into a tight bundle by pulling down the handle and held in place at a set point with a pin that fits into one of the holes. It is then lashed and then released to begin the next one.  
Totally pulling all of this out of my (clean) butt :)

If that isn't what it was made for, it would do that really well!
3 days ago