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May Lotito wrote:Asking for truck load of manure as birthday gift


Nothing weird about that in my opinion. ;) My mom couldn't begin to understand the load of mulch I wanted (see above).
 
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(Not sure I'm a bona-fide permie, but this fits.)

When you watch a vibrant yellow male goldfinch walk up the stalk of a mature dandelion head in your yard, push it to the ground, and start eating the seeds ... and you call your wife to bring the binoculars.
 
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Your always cleaning under your finger nails from accumulated dirt from working on yard or garden.
 
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Michael Moreken wrote:Your always cleaning under your finger nails from accumulated dirt from working on yard or garden.


I gave up cleaning my nails mostly :)
 
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I find myself clean my finger nails the taking and putting this debris into some ~ 'compost' going out
 
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You go to "flush" the toilet with sawdust, but have to pause upon seeing round, white shapes in there, which upon further inspection, turn out to be mushrooms! Which of course, is a source of excitement rather than being grossed out. They're helping! And then you call your partner in to marvel at the new fungal friends before finally adding more sawdust.
 
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My house is on a slope so even my garden/hugelbed/compost pile/brush pile are on the side and back of the house, they are still highly visible from the road. DH said one friend told him he liked what our yard used to be, i.e. barren. My suggestion was that we plant a 200 ft edible hedge row for privacy.
 
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When today's interaction with a wasp consisted of being bonked in the face by one, and I told it "Hey, watch where you are going! I'm not one of those caterpillars you are hunting!"
This interaction did not involve wasp spray, hysteria or either of us being hurt.
The caterpillars it's after are cabbage moths on the kale. Good wasp! Eat them up!
I like wasp interactions like that. :D
 
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When you spend time in the garden, thinking out how the common name of an insect type needs to be changed to reflect reality...
"squash bug" works much better as "squash this bug" :D
 
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...When you wish someone would invent a way to hold the heat and humidity of summer canning till winter, and let it out in the house when it would be welcomed :D
 
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When you can hear a tree service chipping stuff up a mile away and know what it is (and get them to dump the chips by your garden)
 
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When you consider the lady who filled her ~8 ft trailer with horse shit for me to bring to my place and compost, "my friend"!
 
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When you get them to drop the chips and then spend 6 hours moving 2/3rds of the pile before running out of steam.  The pile is 6' high and if it was a circle it would be 20' in diameter.
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That'll just take a few minutes to distribute...
That'll just take a few minutes to distribute...
 
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I'm in a rental, it has things I don't use, like the garbage disposal. I just found an excellent permies type use for it though!
I pulled off the squash bug eggs on my plants, ripped off a bit of leaf, got them all, then ran them down the disposal. Knew that thing had to be useful for something other than clogging up the sink!
 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:I'm in a rental, it has things I don't use, like the garbage disposal. I just found an excellent permies type use for it though!
I pulled off the squash bug eggs on my plants, ripped off a bit of leaf, got them all, then ran them down the disposal. Knew that thing had to be useful for something other than clogging up the sink!

I was waiting for the bit about you redirecting the outgoing plumbing from the dispoal to lead directly to a compost heap...
 
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Jay Angler wrote: I was waiting for the bit about you redirecting the outgoing plumbing from the dispoal to lead directly to a compost heap...


I have considered it!!  :D
 
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When you can't tell if you're proud or embarrassed that people can't tell you're growing food.

Random person: "Is that your...compost heap?"

Me: "No no, that's potatoes. I just stuck them on the grass and mulched them, and the potatoes grew. The tops of the plants have died because it's the end of their season. But, see, look, there's pototoes right here!"

:we walk to another section of the property:

Random person: "I see you fenced this....is this a garden?"

Me: "Oh yes! See these are kale plants going to seed. I haven't had to plant kale in years because it sprouts from seeds. And there's peas here, and a tomato plant and huckleberries here, and those borage and nasturtium flowers are edible. The yellow flowered things are trefoil and they put nitrogen in the soil, so I don't worry too much about them taking over."

Well, at least I now know for certain that zombies won't be able to find our food. But, I also now know that most humans think I just have a run-down garden. I'm not quite sure how to feel about all of this...
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:

Well, at least I now know for certain that zombies won't be able to find our food. But, I also now know that most humans think I just have a run-down garden. I'm not quite sure how to feel about all of this...

Many humans seem to have this internal desire for order, or they've been socially conditioned for it. Hopefully as permaculture spreads, more people will embrace "disorder".
 
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that's funny you say that, Nicole. People always comment on my garden because it doesn't look like one. It obviously is full of... things... but nobody really knows what they are. When I take someone through and point out what all is stuffed here and there, it is nearly embarrassing how many things I've got. It's not pretty rows, and I've only started adding non-food flowers over the last year or so. But it's all planted exactly where it is supposed to be, after a few years of trial and error. Til I learn something that works even better, anyway. In the meantime... no zombies getting my food!!!
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:When you get them to drop the chips and then spend 6 hours moving 2/3rds of the pile before running out of steam.  The pile is 6' high and if it was a circle it would be 20' in diameter.



Seems too much like work. Just plant some legumes and in 3 years  you'll have a great mound garden!
 
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You know you are a permie when you wanted to buy some sugar in the supermarket and return with seed packs instead of sugar.
 
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So I need to take my dog to the vet today (he bruised his ear again, silly dog) and luckily I looked into the mirror before leaving... because my neck and face was covered in dirt after gardening!

You're a permie when you need to wipe the mud off your face before you go to the people...
 
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You know you're a permie when you rent a backhoe to "put in some drainage around the cabin pad" and "dig up some building materials" (clay for cordwood/cobwood construction), but that drainage just happens to be 2 large ponds, one of which is an expansion inspired by the kratergarten (crater garden) while the other is an expansion for a future fish and duck pond

plus there's two cattail settling ponds in the main drainage around the pad to increase the dragonfly and frog populations

plus there's a new small pond in the pasture

AND there's now a section of topsoil 10 feet deep for the future peaches

...oh, and some decent huglekulture

These pictures are a week old already - should have grabbed more today but the machine goes back wednesday and I have still have SO MUCH TO DO!
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perch pond before
perch pond before
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blueberry pond before
blueberry pond before
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hugles before
hugles before
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perch pond during dig
perch pond during dig
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blueberry pond during dig
blueberry pond during dig
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hugles during dig
hugles during dig
 
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