Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein

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I used the dashboards of an old truck and a station wagon like that once, a wild lot with zero infrastructure but lots of dead cars. It worked for keeping seeds protected at night and from birds until my beds were built.
I think you'd have to make a huge sun roof for anything long term
4 days ago
Congratulations on your book Susan! What a timely subject! I am a big bean lover, I have been growing beans for shelling, ever since I went on vacation one spring and the friend who watered for me didn't pick any beans while I was away... came home to one heck of a seed crop!
I discovered the blue lakes made a very tender quick cooking bean for white hummus! I decided then my crop yielded a longer lived staple in the form of dry beans, I became far less concerned about green beans. A big FAT Roma being the exception 😉... and honestly my white whale. I've yet to find the variety I remember from the 60's in New Jersey.
Maybe it's like so many things from childhood they seemed bigger, because I was smaller.
Welcome to Permies!! Better than any encyclopedia!
Roxanne Sterling
2 months ago
Bearded Irises, we had them all along the driveway in our house in NJ. The woman who lived next-door was (in hindsight) was the source of our absolutely stuffed bed... her place was terraced with stones and it was all Irises.  When the blooms were full-on the SMELL!!!
I have one enduring memory of playing my tiny guitar singing at the top of my tiny lungs... the current hit song in 1968ish? on every radio "Tip Toe Through the Tulips"  while actually tip toeing through the thickly planted bed... changing the word tulip for iris of course!
This childhood memory brought to you just a month shy of my 60th birthday.. plants are life long friends, just like those friends whose company is free and easy even after years away from each other. Make new friends my friends, and be especially grateful for the first friends you made in this life... be it plant, animal or human.
Love you all for being true plant nerds.
2 months ago
Cherry trees do drop a lot of fruit, and those fallen fruits will very often sprout up. My very old bings which are now dying (my neighbors trees have grown up and cut off my sun entirely)  have left a legacy of at least a dozen young trees that are now producing fruit for my
other neighbors.
You may get lucky to find a sturdy juvenile worth nurturing to maturity.
Have fun with your new "digs"  tee hee
2 months ago
Just a fun exercise... choose 3 difficult chords you want to master and write a lil song with only those chords.

I am not a good player, I was in classes on and off as a kid into 20's.  Whenever I get near a guitar or ukulele to practice (start all over again) This lil self assignment is a fun way to practice tricksy chords.
2 months ago
I have one suggestion however it misses the mark on the "fruit" front unless you can see the value of  rose hips.
"Cecil Breuner" is an evergreen rose, it's a climber but not for ropes it would prefer a sturdy rail or horizontal ladder for bull canes to rest on. Exceptionally easy to grow from cuttings, and can arch up to 10 ft with a 5ft horizontal support. The flowers are non stop all summer, a small mid pink to apricot tone, producing buckets of rosehips by season end. A very formidable security line! The dried flowers are also prized. 10 ft growth in as early as 4 years. My friend says..1st year it sleeps, 2nd year it creeps, 3rd year it leaps!  This is my top choice.

A rope climber that can give sort of year round privacy (in your climate) is hops. If you leave the dead vines in place year after year, it will look messy but it will screen out a visual direct line...I  just tore mine down or I'd show you. I guess you can consider hops a crop as well, a fantastic nervine.. very valuable in these stressful times and obviously they also flavor beer. This will spread and will need control in the years ahead, as such will need a lot of very tall rope support... can you say bio mass?? It's crazy after 6-7years so plan ahead because it will smother anything it can reach. I use mine to keep the front of our house from baking in the summer heat, and from people walking down our street looking into my space as I am working .. I like an open window but nobody can see me sitting right there sewing.
Okay, I  just wanted to share my love for both those plants .. that rose is an old old friend of mine if you can get it on line, I'm cheering you on to do so.

2 months ago
Story time,
My only successful broccoli was planted in late August, it got to about 6 inches when winter hit. We did nothing at all to protect it, That was a year it snowed like crazy, it was all under snow on and off all winter. Come spring, mid march glorious broccoli, too early for any bugs..not a single issue just gloriously good eats.   My theory was we planted after all the bug cycles were done, when it was warm and dry in the landscape, then cold and wet NOT warm and wet. I also find it gets too hot too soon every spring for my broccoli seedlings also Brussel sprouts, they like cool nights/weather better.
Now I do live in a temperate part of s Oregon, much colder in Vermont so I'd prob plant under cover if I lived there but still do the fall planting.  They do seem to stop growing during winter, don't be fooled. They are still growing just it's all roots, making them really ready to jump when the sun comes back.  
For easy coverage.  A single clear corrugated roof panel bent into a horseshoe shape makes a great durable winter row cover. I tie a cord around each end weigh down with a rock on that cord. Best part is cut the cords and store under a deck for the summer , really reusable.  I ask for damaged or cracked ones at the building supply, they sell me those up to half off.
I'll try to remember to post a picture soon of that contraption. Nice and light so easy to lift up and replace, but only 12 inches high and only works for straight rows. I never grow like that anymore, for me seeding is more like.. throw it in the air like you just don't care.
Cheers my funky farmers..

2 years ago
Consider a dense hedge of fig or densely planted plum cuttings (a growing green wall), a barrier planting like berries roses fig plum .. I'm sure many have other plant suggestions. Also dogs. Deer are hard to get rid of.. plant what they hate outside barrier plantings. I've found no sign of disturbance on fig hedge for many years now. Rosemary, oregano, lemon balm, sage, feverfew, foxglove, flowering tobacco all are deer proof.  I'd push those to the outside of your plantings. Also observed ..Drought will make them eat stuff they normally leave alone.  Water source outside your food forest might also help, sometimes they just need water and wet greens provide that. Just a few tid bits.
2 years ago
Hugelkultur for hedges in arid climates can work to create some new tilth and compost for hedges to naturalize. I plant on the north side of berm (Oregon is dry also in summer) to shade root area, helping drought proof. I'd do that in November-December so winter rains help root stock develop before summer dry out..
2 years ago

Lindsey Silva wrote:Hey Roxanne, thanks for sharing! Sounds interesting, and I'm always curious to learn about different passive streams of income. I see it's been a little over a month since you posted--how's this going for you?

Also, you mentioned that it's recommended to get up to 500 designs. By that point, how much income is it estimated that you'll be earning in passive income each month? (A range is fine .)

Hey Lindsay.. it's going slowly, but my body of work is increasing.  As far as income per month I actually have no idea what to expect. The fabric company does not pay much, red bubble has been better and the pay is better. I've made all of 70 some odd dollars total. But I have not been working much at it.