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The source I am familiar with is the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. They are a wonderful, ethical business, but I see that they do not ship slips internationally. There are probably tutorials online somewhere on making your own. I don't know if you would have time this year or not. I've reached the end of my knowledge about this....but the folks at Southern exposure or the extension service for one of the southern states might be a good place to look for information.
 
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Lisa Brunette wrote:

I met a fellow garden blogger who's interested in permaculture and local to me, and we discussed a wide range of topics over the course of two in-person visits and many back-and-forth email conversations between spring 2020 and spring 2021. The result is a three-part Q&A series I wrote for Cat in the Flock that covers the topics voluntary simplicity, suburban homesteading, and getting the most food for the time and space in your garden.

Claire Schosser writes Living Low in the Lou, a blog chronicling her and her husband Mike's journey of reduced energy consumption and self-sufficiency. She opted for early retirement back in the mid-1990s (with Mike following in 2001) by reducing their expenses through living simply, growing much of their own food, and forgoing many of the shiny new conveniences that the rest of us take as givens. For those outside the area, "the Lou" is a popular nickname for St. Louis, Missouri. The Schosser/Gaillard homestead is located on a one-acre plot in suburban St. Louis and includes many mature, productive nut and fruit trees, an extensive annual garden, an herb garden, and a glassed-in front porch that functions as a greenhouse.

The last post in the series focuses on Claire's strategy for becoming as self-sufficient as possible by making gardening decisions based on "the most food in the time and space."



Claire and Mike's gardening highlights:

- A very productive strawberry patch
- Perennial leeks and 'Profusion' sorrel
- Eschewing high-space hoggers like peas
- Dent corn as the primary grain
- A traditional cellar storage system



Curious to know how others of you have edited your gardening plans for maximum yield as well as practice and personal taste. Note Claire started out with a huge asparagus bed but then discovered she and her husband just weren't going to make use of it the way she'd envisioned. While certain grains might sound fun to grow, perhaps Claire's realization that grinding dent corn is the best option for her resonates with other permies out there? What are your thoughts on all of this?



UPDATE: We've migrated the blog to a new URL, and this post (as well as the other 2 in the series) is now over there: The Most Food for the Time and Space
 
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