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Cindy Haskin

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Pearl Sutton wrote:It's squash time again!!

It's currently fall of 2022, and I saw bins of squash at the store yesterday!!

I can't wait to see what arrives around here. I'd like to find a big blue hubbard. I'm a bit obsessed with the blue grey skins. I prefer a sweeter flavor and drier fleshed. I'll try to get photos as I find them. Quivering in excitement with you Pearl!
5 days ago
Capes are short and super heroes have lost their lives getting sucked into things like jet engines because of their capes. Cloaks are longer, keep you warmer and drier, can be used as the ground cover when you want to sit in a beautiful wild setting!  One can nearly camp under a cloak, but not a cape.  

Watched part 1. Are parts 2 & 3 out yet?
5 days ago
Where I started was learning about plant life cycles while still very young, maybe 7 or 8 years old. My grandmother grew up on a farm but loved flowers. We would visit the nursery for bedding plants (already started plants), or seeds for nasturtiums. But that was my start before I got started! We also had peach trees, and mom would make fresh peach cobblers and we did a bit of canning around my 10th year.

As a young adult with children I had a yearly garden and a plum tree that I worked at to produce both food and hands-on experiences for my children and myself. My husband at the time sold over 40 lbs of plums out from under me as I gathered the jars and other supplies needed to put up some jam. He left our lives shortly after that. I grew sweet potatoes in discarded tires, watched a couple of my bell pepper plants sink into the ground from the resident gopher eating them from the roots up, had several really nice Crenshaw melons "tell me" they were ripe by the smell from 10 feet away, and Big Max pumpkins between 25-80 pounds. Those got to tour the kids' classrooms as a show and tell!

I've raised chickens, turkeys and rabbits while my kids were young, and we had a Nigerian dwarf goat as a pet. Most of this took place on a tiny piece of land less than a quarter acre. My advice is everything mentioned by others that you can attain, and as you go keep evaluating where you want to head next, always increasing your knowledge base, experiences, and aiming towards your ultimate goal. That goal won't be achieved until you have spent years on the land, learning what it is capable of.

A note about rabbits, the manure is perfect for use in garden beds as is, no composting needed. Maybe you like eating rabbit, maybe you keep fiber rabbits or just a couple pets for the use of all the weeds they like that as you remove those weeds get fed to your bunnies to reduce the cost of keeping them ( feed), and the poo going to improve your grow beds.

However you choose to move forward in your quest, this is a great place for guidance and ideas!
5 days ago

Kevin Hoover wrote:Lions mane is more difficult to grow. .

Thanks for that quick tutorial!  I'll keep it in mind!
3 weeks ago

Kevin Hoover wrote:Blake,
I haven’t found oysters to taste like lobster, but everybody’s taste buds are different.  But lions mane does taste like crab.

If you want to grow oysters, the simplest way I’ve found so far is on straw in buckets.  You could use hardwood chips in place of the straw, but it would not yield as quickly.

I take a five gallon bucket with a lid, and a drill with a quarter inch bit.  Drill three or four drain holes in the bottom, then drill holes all over the bucket, spaced about four inches apart. There is no need to be exact.

Soak straw overnight, weighting it down.  A wheel barrow or trash can works well.  Pull the wet straw out to drain off excess water.  Put a two or three inch layer of straw in the bottom of the bucket, compressing it.  Then scatter blue oyster spawn over it. Put in another layer of straw, then more spawn, and repeat until the bucket is full.  Put the lid on the bucket and put it someplace shaded and out of the wind.

In about five weeks it should start pinning,at that point spray the pins and developing mushrooms at least twice a day (you can’t overspray).   Pick each cluster of mushrooms as the first mushroom in the cluster starts to turn its cap up.

If you do multiple buckets, you can stack them.  I find one bag of spawn will make eight buckets.  A bale of straw yields 10-16 buckets, depending on the size of the bale and how tightly its packed.

Initial cost is higher, if you’re buying the buckets and spawn.  Subsequent buckets are very economical, as you only have the cost of straw.

I am so looking forward to setting up a double stack like this in the next year! Maybe 2 sets to accommodate different colors of oysters!

I will have to figure out how to grow lions mane if I can't forage it on the homestead.
3 weeks ago
Making this short post for easier finding later. I did think it would be a downloadable, and it seems it's not. Thanks for the access.
1 month ago
My response isn't tents, but related in trying to keep warm on cold nights without a heat source beyond your body and insulation.

Even here in Southern California, Riverside and San Bernardino counties can see some pretty cold winter nights. When I was single, I had 2 body pillows plus several regular pillows. I also had a couple of the heavy blankets with images like wildlife or floral print, often found (here at least) at flea markets or swap meets. I arranged my body pillows on either side of where I slept and one near my feet. Then I covered them with one heavy blanket creating a nest, and a second heavy blanket to go over me.
Going to bed a bit early so my body would heat my nest, and when I went to sleep I'd cover my head and allow my breath to assist in further warming the space, leaving a strategically placed small opening for fresh air. Once my feet were warmed I could sleep.

I like the idea of an indoor tent for the bed. I will consider trying it for my West Virginia winters.
1 month ago

gene gapsis wrote:I am definitely interested.  I was just wondering what to do with a bin of old jeans I saved for painting or grub use.

Gene- turn those jeans into 1 inch strips going lengthwise up the legs. I'm assuming you have a twining loom and know how to join strips without a knot. There are a few good youtube videos on how to do it all. I watched several before making my 1st loom, and again to pick up the finer points of including the metal rods in the weaving and the knotless joining of strips, and tightening the warp as a part 2 of warping.

Good luck.
1 month ago

Jay Angler wrote:
Carla Burke's "baking them" idea could be done with a sun-solarization system, but I'm always concerned that the solarization system can kill all the good guys along with the bad, so I'd want to choose the location carefully.

When I read about this just now I envisioned a solar oven set up for just the fleece to kill the weed seeds. Then you don't risk killing good soil critters etc.

My 2 cents. Wish someone would gift me some alpaca fleece! Have fun!
2 months ago
R, it turned out perfect!  Looks soft and durable!

My favorite part of making most of the things I make is watching the colors unfold. I get bored doing a single color item. So I find I prefer to use yarns that have color changes,  or swap colors as I work through the item.

I hope to one day have a large loom like r has. Even if it were a table-sized rather than floor-sized! And there is so much more to do and equipment to have to do the job justice. Very unlike the pin-type looms I'm currently working with. These only use the tools I already have; besides the shaped loom (square, triangle, hexagon and a new jewel-shaped ) I only need a long yarn needle and/or a crochet hook.
2 months ago