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What did you do to make your neighbors think you are crazy?

 
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greg mosser wrote:probably when i erected a crow-feeding platform that i stock with mice we caught in the house.



That is really cool. Would love to do that as I love Crows.
 
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Carla Burke wrote:I forgot to throw this one out there - I've begun asking my neighbors for their banana peels. I make a tea with them, that almost always knocks me out, and for months now,  has been helping me sleep MUCH better.



That sounds interesting. How do you make it and what does it do for you?
 
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My neighbors think I am weird because: I don't drink alcohol or party all night in my back yard; the whole front yard is a garden, and I refuse to wear a bra to garden it in the summer when it is hot and wear a big grubby t-shirt and ripped jeans. No one in the neighborhood grows veggies as well as flowers. Some people walking by one day even complained that there were too many bees...
 
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Wonder how they would handle me... I garden in ONLY a bra for a top...!
 
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C Mouse wrote:Wonder how they would handle me... I garden in ONLY a bra for a top...!


I say go for it. You need to be comfortable!
 
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To be fair, I do have alcohol and party in my back yard. Maybe I'd fit in after all, even if I do garden in only a bra. XD
 
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C Mouse wrote:Wonder how they would handle me... I garden in ONLY a bra for a top...!



I do have a neighbor working in the yard in bikini top.

Not sure if this seems crazy: while others let wind blow leaves off their properties, I tried to trap them. I also rake leaves out of the ditch to put back in my garden.
 
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May Lotito wrote:

C Mouse wrote:Wonder how they would handle me... I garden in ONLY a bra for a top...!



I do have a neighbor working in the yard in bikini top.

Not sure if this seems crazy: while others let wind blow leaves off their properties, I tried to trap them. I also rake leaves out of the ditch to put back in my garden.



Our lot is too small for very large trees so the leaves I get for mulching blow over here from everyone else lol.
 
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Mari Henry wrote:

Carla Burke wrote:I forgot to throw this one out there - I've begun asking my neighbors for their banana peels. I make a tea with them, that almost always knocks me out, and for months now,  has been helping me sleep MUCH better.



That sounds interesting. How do you make it and what does it do for you?


My recipe is on page 1, 2 up from the picture of Janice the pig. As I said - it helps me get to sleep and I sleep much better, when I drink it.
 
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Mari Henry wrote:

C Mouse wrote:Wonder how they would handle me... I garden in ONLY a bra for a top...!


I say go for it. You need to be comfortable!



Here ya go: https://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/world-naked-gardening-day/
 
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Hi, our water table is very high. So when we built our house I said I was going to build a basement. After all, since the county required a 5 foot crawl space why not make it 2 feet taller. I was crazy because you can't dig that deep here. Well we laid the foundation on grade and built up. The main living floor is now the second floor and the basement is the first floor. I'm always doing crazy things like that.

Crazy like a fox.
 
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My neighbours think I'm weird, because... I'm not doing anything in the garden now. They're all busy digging their gardens, to turn the soil before planting seeds. Mine is just covered in mulch since autumn. Maybe I'll plant the onions when weather is good.
 
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A guy came to give us an estimate for a new roof. He said they would be bringing a dumpster for the waste and if we want we could throw in all that junk we have leaning against the house.
I didn't say anything but I had gone to great lengths to collect that junk to use on my homestead! If I'd told him, he prolly would have thought I was crazy!
 
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Neighbors shake their head at my habitat work that I started two years ago with 236 trees and shrubs planted on 2 acres.  I scaled back last year due to covid and only planted 12.  This year is starting to look up with crabapples, white oaks, chestnuts, hazelnuts, apple trees, clover, winter rye, brassica and a native prairie grass mix.

No wheelbarrow, no truck and a sore back.
 
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Probably the hundreds of yards of woodchips brought in, or maybe the thousands of pounds of produce waste from local stores, or the 50 chickens and 12 ducks on 1.5 acres, or the several bee hives, or possibly all of the freight deliveries down our small county road, or maybe it's the 300+ trees/shrubs planted out this last year, but most likely it's having converted over half of a perfectly good lawn to woodland chicken forest. I'm pretty sure pouring urine on woodchip piles at 5 am doesn't help, either. Oh, and not mowing. It could also be doing everything with hand tools - mostly hoes, to add to the confusion.

One neighbor expressed concerns about mice from my various large brush piles intended to shelter mice/insects/etc. Then he saw one of my fluffy cheeked easter eggers eating one, and never mentioned it again! I hope in time they'll understand. :D
 
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Neighbors are former farmers, but they no longer farm. It's been enough to plant some veggies to make them think I am crazy (Oh why bother? There is plenty of cheap veggies in the supermarket!). And then, I have planted some trees ....
 
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One year, I planted a third of my back yard in sunflowers. The neighbour was quite shocked when suddenly, a nanofield of Russian Mammoths peeked over her fence.

I also hand-dug a 17' long, 3' deep, 7' wide trench in my back yard, piled the dirt on a tarp beside it, buried the trunks and branches of two dried invasive trees, and piled a compost and garden atop it.

I grew giant, tall, smelly, beautiful things that nobody could identify, I grew in pots and trays on the roof of the house. It looked like my backyard had crawled, ivy-like, atop the house and was just sitting there, growing sunflowers and raspberries.

I had a fully-functioning hose in the backyard, straight from the mains, but I would not only prefer rainwater, I would fill my rain barrels to capacity and water by hand with water that had stood overnight when, in the dry season, there was none forthcoming.

Oh, and talking to my garden, and cackling into my compost, were also eyebrow-raisers. I think the giant tomato and squash gifts were adequate recompense, though. I never heard anyone say anything. They just smiled and nodded, and backed away slowly to avoid provoking the possibly crazy person.

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I've been building a deck out of pallet wood.
I call it Moby Deck.
 
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-I Had super-large stumps brought in to form a hugel hill (for noise reduction- neighbors parties).  I told them it was a hill for the goats. It also has large garbage can caves in it for goat shelters.
-I now have 2 bummer goats in the house wearing diapers.  (We were on the couch last night with Chihuahua, Cat & both kids on my lap).
-When irrigating. . . I go out in my rubber boots & stomp the poo piles to break them up to "fertilize" the pasture.
-I load-up the neighbors leaves that they left at the curb & dump them into our orchard. They drive by & look at me funny.
-I go barefoot in summer out into the pasture (& tip-toe thru the poo).
 
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The crows don't think so.
 
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Miriam Johnson wrote:Wandered into their yard to photograph cool looking mushrooms, that's a fairly common one for me though.



I wandered into my neighbors yard to collect Amanita Muscaria as my wife tried to explain to him it’s traditional uses... I’m sure he thinks I’m crazy!
 
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Carla Burke wrote:

T Simpson wrote:

greg mosser wrote:probably when i erected a crow-feeding platform that i stock with mice we caught in the house.



That's pretty weird dude..



Yup! But, this is a fantastic idea! Crows are not interested in eating your poultry, but are a deterrent to raptors, which are VERY interested in eating domestic poultry. It's a means of attracting LGBs! (Livestock Guardian Birds!)



This sounds interesting!
 
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S Ydok wrote:

Carla Burke wrote:

T Simpson wrote:

greg mosser wrote:probably when i erected a crow-feeding platform that i stock with mice we caught in the house.



That's pretty weird dude..



Yup! But, this is a fantastic idea! Crows are not interested in eating your poultry, but are a deterrent to raptors, which are VERY interested in eating domestic poultry. It's a means of attracting LGBs! (Livestock Guardian Birds!)



This sounds interesting!



I see people struggling with predator birds around their chickens all the time on Facebook and nobody has ever brought up attracting crows. I think it’s a great idea, although they definitely could get annoying with all their noise. Definitely will keep the idea in mind though!
 
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Gorgeous!
 
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Today it is the ducks crossing the road to forage for grubs in their lawns, haha.

But for 10 years now it has always been one thing or another.

I like the car stories. An older friend of my offered to car share his Corolla with me, when I said I didn't want to buy one. I started hauling the waste stream from a growing Kombucha brewer in the trunk. In the beginning it was 5 gal. pails in the trunk. I was going for the tea dregs and couch cushion-sized SCOBYs (which the pigs loved to munch on), but there was all that smelly liquid in there too.... and the lids not always perfectly tight... well after awhile he just gave me the car. There were always leaves and straw in the back seat and such, too.

Most recently, the same guy described my crazy as "...spends her inheritance digging big holes in the yard so she can fill them with water." But this guy knows what a food forest is, he is just saying out loud what most neighbors are thinking.

I live 5 miles as the crow flies (if crows fly over lakes) from the capital building of the state of WI., in an R1 neighborhood with an unusual 200ft deep front yard on a 300ft deep lot. So most of my craziness is on display for everyone.
 
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I collect road kill to feed vultures, which attracts crows, which have successfully harassed all the falcons and a bald eagle away from my chickens.  In addition, I save the skull if it’s not crushed and prepare it for display and if it is in fur season and fresh, I skin it to tan the hide. Working on a fur rug of raccoon and possum. My husband surprised me with a “road kill pick up kit” for Christmas after I told him my plans. 12 Extra heavy duty rubber gloves, filet knife, roll of extra large plastic bags, bone shears, skinning knife, lockable, handled tote and expanding mesh bags to put the skulls in the pond for their initial cleaning by tadpoles and fish. I decapitate road killed deer to process their skulls. Will wait until I have a pick up to take the body to my vultures.
His embrace of my crazy brought me to tears. It is an extraordinary good feeling to have my partner totally support what I do.
We currently have four goslings in a baby pool in our living room. Our alarm went off when my hearing aids were off, sheriff came by, geese told me there was a stranger, I answered door in my robe with a hand full of goose poo because I had been picking it out of their pine shavings.
I bought a POS horse trailer for $200 at auction to make into a movable chicken coop. Old timers just shook their head at the new city transplant.
Pictures of my vultures roosting in a dead tree in our pond that I purposely left there to benefit wildlife, and on their feeding field.
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Vultures in their feeding field.
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When I had chickens, ducks and turkeys, we were plagued with Cooper's Hawks and also were on the hawk migration route. I hung old or discarded DVDs on clear fishing line from tree branches to deter hawks. Don't know why, but that works. Drill a small hole close to the edge of the DVD, string it up with 40# test line and hang them. My neighbors thought I was nuts. They also called me crazy b/c I was Certified Organic. Not much support from them in egg sales. They were all chemical dependent idiots, spread chemicals on their lawns and then let their kids run barefoot through the grass. I turned my veggie garden into a pollinator garden and grew perennial sunflowers and put in mulberry trees and red-twig dogwoods instead of mowing grass. The sunflowers were beautiful and created what my neighbors called "crazy golden arches"...but When my neighbor's son got married in his yard, he came to cut sunflowers for the wedding. These sunflowers multiplied and grew about 15 feet tall (they were in the chicken yard which was once my veggie garden). When the flowers came, the weight of the flowers bowed the stems, offering the hens & chicks shelter from sun and predators. I let the wild asters grow and planted milkweed. My friend, who was a nutsy bee gal said I had the most beautiful pollinator garden she had ever seen (she was in her late 70's then). I had "gated condo units" for my broody hens with umbrellas to protect the chicks and mothers from hawks. I would walk around at 2-3 am with my 22 rifle, hunting raccoons. I drowned skunks in a large tub b/c they don't let out when they drown. Yes, that crazy, organic chicken guru...and I LOVED IT!
 
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Besides the mountains of wood chips. If I'm really into a project instead of going in when it gets dark I put on a head lamp and keep working.  I remember a couple years ago it was going to rain and I was crawling on the ground in the dark with my light picking up walnuts, and my son said I needed to come in, the neighbors are going to think you have lost your mind.  I told my son if it bothered him he could help.  Otherwise I don't give a rip what the neighbors think.
I also don't mind working in the rain.  I grew up in Washington state. I live in California now. These people, heck even my dogs think the wet stuff coming out of the sky is going to melt them or something.  I have been informed many times it's raining (like I didn't know).  Usually I say something like really? Huh and keep going. It's just a little rain, I've got stuff to do.
 
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All makes me think of this song...


*LOL*  just what I needed to brighten the day; What kind of Crazy are you?
 
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Jen Fulkerson wrote:Besides the mountains of wood chips. If I'm really into a project instead of going in when it gets dark I put on a head lamp and keep working.  I remember a couple years ago it was going to rain and I was crawling on the ground in the dark with my light picking up walnuts, and my son said I needed to come in, the neighbors are going to think you have lost your mind.  I told my son if it bothered him he could help.  Otherwise I don't give a rip what the neighbors think.
I also don't mind working in the rain.  I grew up in Washington state. I live in California now. These people, heck even my dogs think the wet stuff coming out of the sky is going to melt them or something.  I have been informed many times it's raining (like I didn't know).  Usually I say something like really? Huh and keep going. It's just a little rain, I've got stuff to do.



I live in Texas, was born and raised in Missouri; people go  woowoowillywonka nuts down here when it rains or snows;  they can't seem to drive in it for some reason. I am like, People, its just rain or snow; get over it already.  Oh , and if the  temp drops below 70; they dig out the heavy winter coats, and bundle up like they are in Antartica, and I have on a tshirt and a sweatshirt over it, or a hoodie; and they look at me and ask why I am not cold. Because its NOT cold, people...*LOL*
 
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Hm. Not a neighbor story, but a few years ago our doorbell rang and it was one of the irritating bug killer guys. He said they were spraying up the street (without specifically saying "All the bugs will be coming to your house.") and asked if we needed any spraying done. I said "If we have bug problems the spiders will take care of it."

His expression was priceless. He didn't say a word, just turned around and walked back down the stairs.

When I dug out all the grass from the parkstrips and it was all spread out before I got it into its permanent areas as mulch, a kid on his way home from school yelled, "You have a garbage can!" Which isn't the kid, it's the kid repeating something his parents have said. And when my nephew invited a kid over to play after school, his dad (a total stranger) came over to pick him up and said "So someone actually lives in the sunflower house!"

That one made me happy.

My neighbors are just really quiet about it all. One neighbor did complain that the piles of mulch were going to attract mice and rats. I "kindly" pointed out that the piles of dog poop in her back yard (in knee deep, uncut grass, no less) were more likely to attract them.
 
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We do our work without clothes.  We have signs posted to warn people.  Most neighbors are ok with it.  We have an outside shower so we can shower off before we go in.  We have had friends come over just to see what its like to shower outside.  Work naked!
 
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We live in an "inner ring" suburb of a mid-sized Midwestern city. Yet some of our neighbors have chickens, and the burg nickname is 'Mapleweird.' BUT STILL, our neighbors look at us quizzically when we:

- Drive by in our pickup on trash day, loading it up with their discarded cardboard and yard waste bags full of leaves.
- Walk up the street to harvest bamboo (with permission) from another neighbor, hauling the bamboo back home bundled on our shoulders.
- Use said bamboo to make everything from squash tunnels to pea trellises to walkways.
- Hit up the tree trimmer crews for free wood chips.
- Hang bat houses on the telephone poles.
- Create rock gardens for the snakes.
- Mound up 3 hugelkulturs and counting.
- Leave all of our dead plants from the previous winter kill standing until late spring.
- Sheet-mulch the entire 1/4-acre.
- Retire the lawn mower.
- Leave a brush pile for the rabbits to call home.
- Keep a bucket full of spent kitty litter pine pellets mixed with coffee grounds, which gets added to amend the soil around blueberries.
- Enjoy the native violet and geranium ground covers instead of pulling them as "weeds."
- Pull grass as "a weed."
- Walk around taking photos of bees for a scientific survey.

 
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Created a video to demonstrate boots-on-the-ground, permaculture soil cultivation:

 
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Once I had the misfortune of a deer being hit in front of my house. I used my kid's wagon to move the deer  down the road and into the woods. The deer didn't fit very well inside the wagon and there would have to be a lot of traffic driving by very slowly. I got the strangest looks from the neighbors.
 
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So, after an hour of trying to load photos onto this site, the internet crashed and I'm starting all over again. I am sending some pix of my "gated condo units" for broody hens with chix and poults...yes! Hens don't care what they set on for eggs! And trying to get a pix of my external backup to load, pix of my beautiful sunflowers "the Crazy Golden Arches". Please be patient and I might have some success! I'm still trying to find the pix of my sunflowers. Enough for tonight! Time to walk the dog...
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First day out at about 5 days old. Chicks & poults are skeptical!
First day out at about 5 days old. Chicks & poults are skeptical!
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Poults are very wary of outdoors. Momma hen is calling them but they don't believe her!
Poults are very wary of outdoors. Momma hen is calling them but they don't believe her!
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A view of the "gated condo unit"
A view of the "gated condo unit"
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A different hen with wild turkey poults and chicks
A different hen with wild turkey poults and chicks
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This shows my shelters for ducks, turkeys and chickens. All free discards from someone elses trash.
This shows my shelters for ducks, turkeys and chickens. All free discards from someone elses trash.
 
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Trisha Towanda wrote:Created a video to demonstrate boots-on-the-ground, permaculture soil cultivation: LAMAO!!! Reminds me of hand-digging my 1/ ac garden!

https://youtu.be/wjEanFROHaU

 
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I'm phobic of fire.  I wanted to make biochar.  I was standing by my garden gate asking the passers by(mostly RCMP)if they would light my fire.  I was holding my fire starter.  This was just an other thing the crazy old lady did.
 
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thomas rubino wrote:Disconnected the power lines and put up solar panels 35 years ago.



We are in the process of replacing most of our electric usage with solar.
Do you recall how long it took for your system to pay for itself?
 
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