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No late blight, the thornless blackberry has a massive crop of enormous fruit that the birds aren't interested in, the pear tree has its first pears, and it appears I'm a monarch caterpillar farmer
 
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On my way to work yesterday, my $900 4 wheel drive beater car started making some awe full banging from the drive train somewhere. I figured it was done for. I took out the front drive shaft and all became right with the world again. Now it's 2 wheel drive, but I'm back on the road
 
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Sold my car yesterday that I had payments on and bought outright exactly what I wanted the same day. Step one in life simplification!!
 
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I found this website a few days ago and I think it is one of the most beautiful collections of humanity. Humans of New York
 
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Digging my French drain and other minors earthworks has supplied me with enough soil to make 2 raised mounds shaped very aesthetically with my property; almost eliminating the grass I've been working to replace and providing me with new micro-climates to experiment with! I just thought I was redirecting water!
 
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Ohhh....micro-climates. That has to be really exciting. I like how your fix for one thing ended up "stacking fix funtions" for other things too!
 
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Very exciting. A little overwhelming since I haven't planned for it, but needing to plant is so much more inviting a challenge than figuring out how or where. I'm wussing out during this freeze, but can't wait to finish prepping the ground and get plants in it.
 
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Road crews are clearing brush and woody debris from under the power lines in the area. Just scored a dump truck load of wood chips. Gotta be 5 tons out there.

SCORE!
 
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One heck of a score!! Good exercise too.
 
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Got a 2nd load!
 
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Ken - Am I allowed to say that I am officially jealous?

I was outside a while ago looking around between my oak trees which also have a lone shagbark hickory mixed in. I FOUND A HICKORY NUT!! I have been waiting and wondering when it would decide that it was mature enough to start producing and it looks like it has finally decided it is time. Talk about excitement on my part!!

I also have someone generously letting me go take scionwood cuttings from several of their fruit trees today. Gotta love people that want to keep the heritage of their fruit going!
 
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My husband and I have decided/chosen to sell our forty acres and home....It is like a weight has lifted...we are planning to buy a house and maybe an acre in a very small old railroad town in the next county that has old, old homes and a very eclectic population...artists, farmers and all and the added bonus of our grand children We needed more community and have always thought we would love to live where we could walk everywhere in town. And we are very excited about applying permaculture principles to a smaller piece of land and looking forward to finding the right match/owner for our currant homestead.

 
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I went to yoga today. I've been going to a couple of months now.

The high lunge was kind of easy today.
 
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You didn't get stuck in that position, did you? That would be good news in my book!!
 
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Lol.

I made it in and out of the pose. So I call that a victory.
 
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I went into the free section of Used Victoria and picked up this dresser for a friend. The next day I got the black dresser for my neice. The computer has made these connections so easy. I often gather and give stuff. Many junk stores have closed. Too much free product out there.
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I saw both my first bumble bee and butterfly of the year today.
 
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I've been stationed in Japan for several months and have over a year left before returning to the States. I stumbled upon this site in January of 2013 and have loved reading through all the great info people share. I even contributed to the most recent Kickstarter.
Anyway, after only being able to read about growing things I finally found a patch of dirt on base where no one goes and started my own mini-garden! So far all I have are some onions and garlic, but I hope to venture back into town and find someplace that sells seeds. That's the hard part since I don't read Japanese, lol.
Anxiously awaiting my return State-side so I can really dig into this permaculture stuff
 
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Welcome to Permies.com!
 
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I just ate a lovely seckle and a doyenne du comice from my dual grafted espalier pear.
Best raspberries ever. Now that's good news!
 
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Just as I felt the transmission going out from my 1999 Ford Ranger I was dreading the thought of putting money into a truck that was so old. Then my father-in-law called that same night about a truck he just bought off his son, but had no real need for a pickup truck and asked if my wife and I were interested in the 2002 Ford F150 (6 cyl, 2WD) with only 59,000 miles on it. My wife and I looked at each other and smiled and pleasantly offered to buy the truck from her dad for less than book value. I know it's not the most biosphereically friendly vehicle we could have purchased, but we have a need for a pickup on our small farm and at least this is a V6 2WD and gets a bit better gas milage.

I'm very thankful and think this is the best news I could share all winter long.

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Congrats Dan. That is true good and welcomed news for you! I am thankful that we are going into 10 days or more of a warm-up. THINK SPRING!
 
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I've gotten a ton done in the past couple days including two more quasi terraces. I seeded a ton of brassicas and some alliums and I have three seed beds full of little cotyledons popping, Including on my sun-trap hugel-ish experimental soils bed!

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I suppose I should add for clarification at this point only the dicots are popping up but I expect the alliums to start showing by this time next week if the weather does what its supposed to.
 
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Spring is coming soon!! (for those still in winter) Now I can actually get out there and do some things instead of reading the internet.
 
Dan Grubbs
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John Pollard wrote:Spring is coming soon!! (for those still in winter) Now I can actually get out there and do some things instead of reading the internet.



I've initiated some of the beurocratic work suggested by Grant in order to received federal grants. My eyes are crossed reading the government-ese of the NRCS website and project descriptions. I'm about ready to go crazy for want to get outside. It's still cold here in northwest Missouri and the ground is frozen just a couple of inches down, so no swale building yet for me. But, we in the Northern Hemisphere's upper lattitudes are growing happier each day as the sun is out just a bit longer and the calendar is in that long-sought-after month of March -- the month of promises. It's not quite spring, but we can taste it. And for spring being just around the corner, I am thankful.

Now, back to my EQIP applications.

 
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A ton more done and seeded today including a new terrace. I'm really happy with this one. Either I'm going bonkers or I'm starting to get pretty good at this 'gardening' thing
 
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Landon - you need to post some pics!

Today, I pulled out the sugar snap peas (cold weather crop) and put in the tomatoes (hot weather crop). It's 82 here right now. Lovely day.
 
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My camera broke a while ago. If all goes well I should be able to get VIDEO up by the end of the month. I need someone to film me - I light up when I'm the center of attention but having to look through a camera and narrate from behind it makes me feel super awkward.

Edit: Camera breaking is not good new!! sorry for the digression of the topic
 
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Another day another terrace. Several actually. One more bed seeded. And my best function stack to date. Using an old log naturally brined log with the center hollowed out length wise (think a D shape cup) as a seed starting tray. I'm seeding my spicy salad mix into it, using a rock as an end plug (the other end is incorporated into a hugel bed) Then when the mix germinates and grows - I'll just take a knife and make a cut every 3 or 4 inches and slide the little start blocks out to transplant. It'll be in a video some day I swear.

And by 2 weeks of real busting it on the garden side - I definitely think I'm starting to get this jive.
 
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My Lady goose laid her first egg today!
 
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I had enough warning about 'ex-tropical cyclone Luci' to:
pick all my ripish blackberries/raspberries,
cut the tomato plants and leave on a tarp to ripen,
pick the dried bean pods,
collect all the ripe seed,
hack back and clear everything I'd left as 'summer soil cover' so the rain could get in.
Bad news is it didn't rain for long enough, and now it's sunny again
Good news is I made jam, kimchi, sauerkraut, pesto and chutney with all the produce
 
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After much swearing, spitting, and improvising I manage to get my start house up today! Also I had what I'm fairly sure was a honey bee land on my wrist and hang out for about an hour while I was working. I hope it'll go tell its friends how cool I am and a bunch decide to move in.
 
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After 3 winters of damaging frosts, my loquat trees have made it through a mild winter and are producing in no small quantity.
 
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Ken Peavey wrote:After 3 winters of damaging frosts, my loquat trees have made it through a mild winter and are producing in no small quantity.


I transplanted a baby mountain pawpaw last autumn-much to its disgust-
then it got hit very hard by frost.
I just noticed it's got lots of flowers
I hope they taste ok-we ate them as kids, but we were pretty feral, and consumed loads of marginally edible things!
 
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Pictures of those loquats posted in the Garden picture exchange!
 
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Ken Peavey wrote:Pictures of those loquats posted in the Garden picture exchange!


That's a good news thread in and of itself - very cool! Though with 5 pages so far (and for those with low bandwidth trying to load oh so many pics), here's the link to Ken's loquats post. That does look like a bountiful load, Ken!
 
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The job has been keeping me busier than ever. Hard work pays off.
Just got the call that I am on top of a very short list for promotion to Superintendent.
This is the big one!

There are things I would like to do. This position would serve as the vehicle which could move many things from possible to reality.

I'll know in a couple of weeks...
 
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The bee lady came by to talk about placing some hives out back. I'm getting 10 hives come spring.
I gave her some fresh peppers, she gave me a foot long pod of Moringa Seeds!

and I got the job
 
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Good News-I"M ALIVE! and loving every minuet of it Glad your all here to see it.
 
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