Ellen Schwindt

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How does your mylar blanket seed starting shelf work? I tried something similar--but not enclosed--in my cellar last year with ho-hum results. I love the idea of the space blanket, though.

I was moving stuff in my upper woods this morning--digging an erstwhile "poop pile" actually. And I decided that spot, once I used the composted  sh*t could be a great place for a small greenhouse. So your post is quite timely for me. Thanks for the inspiration.
3 weeks ago
Thank you so much Blaine Clarke for your great reply. I will walk around with my Newcombs in hand as much as I can. I haven't noticed any chokes around, but I'll look.
3 months ago
Thanks for all this information. I'm ready to dive in. In fact I ordered some starts from Etsy this year, but they arrived completely dry and did not grow when I put them into my very well watered cold frame garden. I was hoping to move them to their forever home, but the chokes are not with me and I think were not arrived when they arrived. Will someone please share a "how to get them" post? I am in Central Western New Hampshire. Thanks in advance!
3 months ago
Welcome Acadia! I'll look forward to the discussions this week as I want to learn more about perennial plants I can incorporate into my gardening. I'm finding out that conventional vegetables don't produce as well in polycultures as they do in intensive-input gardening I've done in the past. I'm glad you've figured stuff out about this problem and I look forward to learning more.
3 months ago
This will be an interesting thread to read. I am in year 2ish of a transition from more conventional gardening (albeit with as much mulch as I can lay my hands on) to something with a lot more TEFA built in. This year is a very dry one in my region. I'm lucky enough to be able to cut my grass with a scythe--which I do only when I need the mulch. My "field" which is a clearing of about an acre in the New Hampshire woods certainly functions as a meadow--complete with Mama deer and faun this year. It's been teaching me  a lot in this season of dryness as I go out to find my breakfast of dandelion greens each morning and notice the wet spots and the dry spots and think big thoughts about how to make it all serve all of us (me AND the mama deer and her faun) better.
So, welcome, Owen.
5 months ago
Beautiful permaculture pictures! I especially love the stair steps, the ancient path (wait those are really permanent features, aren't they?). I'm not moving to spain because I have a beloved 20 acres in New Hampshire and also a husband, but I like your vision. I also loved your no-dig potato bed. How did that work out?
6 months ago
I loved the post about your own landrace of pumpkins. I practice something similar on my zone 3 (maybe some pockets of 4)  wanna-be-a-farm in Northern New Hampshire. I save seeds from the pumpkins I like and let nature take her course in terms of breeding. I've had great results and not-so-great results. It's always an adventure! Here's a picture of the one that I liked called "the banana squash" from a few summers back.
9 months ago
Nice to dream about using tools like these next spring. Thanks for posting. I particularly like the thoughtfully crafted Hori Hori knife.
11 months ago
Welcome to Permies, Jasmine. I will look forward to the threads your presence produces as I am converting my small farm from a Ruth Stout kind of approach to a more perennial agriculture kind of approach and trying to do something more like design as I do that. I have more or less just wandered out to the garden and decided on the spot what to do that day, rather than follow a "design" and that has worked well for me over many years of organic gardening. But trying to follow permaculture principals has made me feel like a complete beginner again. I'll look forward to ideas about how to tackle the design phase of making something more perennial here in New Hampshire.
1 year ago
I experience peace when I relocate slugs from my garden plants instead of smashing them. I experience peace when I allow others to think whatever they think, but bring my whole self to the table to enjoy their company. I recognize, more and more, the structures built into our dominate society that disallow peace amongst us. As I take myself further away from the mainstream of society, I am working gently toward finding ways to nurture peace-structures within this wider world of all humans, just on my little hill here in New Hampshire, and just bit by bit, a little bit like the way the slugs in my garden work over the lowest leaves of my kale plants first, giving me time to find them new homes and still eat the top leaves to my heart's content.

That's perhaps not so cogent, but it sums up the feeling, and work, of peace I experience today.
1 year ago