I just wanted to take a couple of minutes to say, "I greatly appreciate this forum and everyone has been so very generous with their knowledge and help." As Brenda pointed out earlier, I am now a man with 2 houses and 2 jobs, so the next few months will be very busy. I may not have much time for "thank you's" in the near future. But I felt it would be irresponsible and ungrateful if I didn't make my next post one of gratitude rather than one of curiousity. Everyone has been very helpful and forthcoming (especially Brenda, who has e-mailed me with numerous lengthy and informative permaculture lessons).
Today, I received the booksHow to Grow More Vegetables *Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, by John Jeavons, Hobby Farming for Dummies, and Getting Started in Permaculture by Ross and Jenny Mars. Gaia's Garden is on back order. So I am making every effort to learn on my own so I don't have to constantly pester you folks. But I am greatly appreciative for all the help and suggestions.
We look forward to seeing you back in here when you have time. Don't think of it as pestering us. My own personal view is that sharing information is necessary for success. Thomas Jefferson's words describe it better than any words I can think of:
"If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density at any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation."
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller -- Jeremiah Bailey Central Indiana