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Wendy Robers

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I work in hot, humid Virginia and have found long-sleeved, moisture-wicking, SPF 50 Tshirts ('dive' or 'scuba' shirts) are life-savers.  It seems counter-intuitive to use long sleeves, but not having the sun beating directly on my skin helps a lot.  These shirts wear like iron, however they stain super easily, so I bought some fabric crayons to turn the stains into 'art'.   Secondly, I discovered nurses' scrubs at the thrift store.  These have drawstring waistbands, important because a) like many of you I can't buy anything that will fit my waist and hips, and b) cinch them up tight to keep ticks and stinging ants out.  They have wonderful deep pockets including cargo pockets,  so I don't have to wear a tool belt for smaller stuff like work gloves, pruners, screwdrivers, etc.  (having a drawstring waistband is also helpful if you load up your pockets with pounds of stuff.)  The fabric is medium-weight, so it is easy to stuff the legs into my socks (against ticks, stinging ants, chiggers, etc.) I've only been using the scrubs for about a year now, so cannot attest to longevity, but man are they comfortable!
1 week ago
very, very excited about having a PDC here in VA!!  It is hard to find permaculture info about this bioregion. I'm across the river from Williamsburg. However, my boss will only let me take vacation late April to early August. Or December. Awkward times to host a PDC, I know.
Have you posted this to the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network?
For what it is worth, I've had good success with Trombocino squash,butternut squash, and Seminole pumpkin here in the eastern part of Virginia; should be very similar to the NC Piedmont. All 3 of them resist both squashbugs and vine borers here. I no longer attempt any kind of summer squash.
As an aside for those in this Piedmont region: I have noticed that Japanese beetles actually prefer a tall variety of smartweed that grows wild here,"lady's thumb", a polygonum. The beetles prefer it to anything else growing nearby. I cannot tell whether the beetles are avoiding the lady's thumb growing near the chickens' normal ranges, or if the chickens are harvesting all they can reach.  Anyway, as decoy plants, it is easy to knock the Japanese beetles into a jar to feed the chickens. Bonus, the plant is beautiful in the early fall!
3 years ago