Gail Saito

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since Dec 31, 2012
Medford, OR
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I moved from the chaotic life of So. Calif to the quiet life of country living.  Packed up my belongings and my dog and just moved.  I got everything I wanted...access to wilderness, 1 acre with no neighbor on top of me, no traffic to speak of, four seasons and more rain. That being said, there are times I feel lonely. Making genuine connections with people can sometimes be difficult.  Wouldn't it be great if permies gave us access to peeps that live in our area?  ...likeminded people!  Thinking I'll go bake an apple pie!
1 month ago
Thank you all, for your input.  Much appreciated.  I will ditch the blender and continue burying the scraps.  As someone posted, the earthworms should take care of aerating the soil. (hadn't thought of that, so thanks!)
5 months ago
Instead of using a compost pile, I have been digging a hole in the soil and putting in my kitchen scraps, run through the blender for a quick chop.  Recently I was told by a "soil expert" that my method is not a good idea, as it creates an anaerobic condition in the soil.  ...anaerobic...not good!  I wanted to run this by permies to get your thoughts.  Do you agree with the soil expert?  Anyone out there doing the same thing as I've been doing?
5 months ago
Renee's Garden is offering free shipping of seeds this week.  As I have not used their seeds before, I cannot attest to them.  I did place an order, so we shall see!  That being said, many variables when one is evaluating seed.
  I really like this idea.  I can visualize a stamp containing a tree and blue sky.  Perhaps I missed this, but what exactly is your plan, in terms of the revenue generated from selling this stamp?  USPS most likely will want to know!
1 year ago
I have lived through many an earthquake in So Cal.  I agree that it is important to have an emergency kit on hand, for any type of emergency. Be prepared! That being said, I choose not to live my life in fear!  Your choice!!
1 year ago
...and with your still abundant supply of apples and your delicious cider, you can make an easy apple butter in the crock pot.  Yep, no standing and stirring and stirring and stirring.  Simply core and slice about 5 lbs. of apples.  No need to peel!  Put them in a crock pot with about 1/2 cup of cider and some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove whatever spices you wish, along with a bit of apple cider vinegar or lemon.  Cook on low for 10 hours.  I used an immersion blender to smooth out the apple butter.  So yummy! 
Hoping for an apple for this one!
1 year ago
I have planted onions among my roses and have left them in the ground for about 1 1/2 years (never dug them up). They somehow seem to protect the roses from aphids and other issues that can come with roses.
2 years ago
I have been searching for a source for organic cottonseed meal, to no avail. Does anyone have a source? If not, I am thinking about using fish meal. I have absolutely no experience with either one. So, here is my question about fish meal (for those of you that have used it). Is all fish meal created equal? I prefer to have fish meal from wild fish, as opposed to farm raised. Why? I'm not really certain. I think it's because I won't eat farm raised fish.
3 years ago
This is awesome! When you are ready and rolling, I would like to send you supplies to make seed balls with the kids. Within the activity, you can incorporate "lessons" that deal with math, language arts, etc. Let me know what you think!
3 years ago