D. Logan

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D. Logan has made a point of broadening his perspective to the fullest in life. He's learned first hand a broad variety of jobs in the pursuit of knowledge. He's achieved a BA in Early Childhood Education, hiked the entire Appalachian trail in a single trip and done everything from working in a hospital to serving as a correctional officer. Each new area of life has given him a wider base of experiences to draw from when writing. He's written on many topics, crafted roleplaying games and published works of science fiction and fantasy.
In the last decade, he's focused a lot of attention on deepening his understanding of subjects such as homesteading and Permaculture. While there is always more to learn, he's come to a point where he is comfortable writing with a degree of authority on a number of topics within the scope of those subjects.
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I have a question for those of you who have already started a natural building project or who are preparing to do so. What is it that helped you decide exactly what method you were going to use? I waver between several options, but don't feel like I can effectively decide until I have an actual property to begin the work on. Assuming I end up with multiple viable options, I was curious to see how others made their final decision. What made it the right choice for you? Was it a difficult choice to make? For those who already finished, how happy did you end up being with the decision and have you second-guessed some of your choices at all?
3 months ago
As Eric said, either you or your publisher generally asks someone if they would mind reading your work and writing either a forward or endorsement. Depending on the time the person has and their inclination, they may say yes. My own research and experience are that paid endorsements mean very little.
3 months ago
Any chance you can get a close-up of one of the branches and leaf sets? Also maybe cut one of the berries in half to see the interior. Given their size in the second picture and the way the leaf shape/appearance seems in it, my initial thought is some form of crab-apple.
3 months ago
With all the talk of pushing zones this week, I began wondering about people's success stories. I would really like to hear what some of the biggest pushes people have managed on extending zone hardiness without greenhouses. Most of the time, I see people manage one zone lower in number, but not a lot more. Still, I know there are those who have gone way beyond that. I've heard their stories for years now. I even used to work with someone whose tomatoes were almost entirely volunteers each year despite the frosty starts in Pennsylvania. Our own Joseph Lofthouse has been working on varieties to withstand the hardships of his own zone as well.

So how have some of you pushed zone hardiness in your gardens?
3 months ago
Based on the ideas of how evolution is supposed to work, this isn't really shocking. In theory, big die-off events lead to a lot of open ecological niches. When that happens, changes happening take advantage of those openings and lead to a lot of splitting.
3 months ago
I assume this isn't poison sumac since you mention letting pigs root it out. I'm a fan of sumac tea, so would enjoy having them around. That said, the least invasive means is probably to chop down and cut the root, then pull the entire sucker/runner out. If you don't feel like doing this every year, I can only think of two solutions. One is putting the effort to move your entire garden. The other is to create a solid barrier.

Sumac roots aren't very strong and aren't able to break up rocks or other solid barriers. I've heard of people sinking metal plates in their garden borders to stop them. I wonder if pouring a deep cement edging would work. Something that runs that entire side of the garden and keeps out the roots year after year. Bonus, it will stop some burrowing animals on that side as well.
3 months ago
I give this gear 10 out of 10 acorns.

I am very particular about my bakeware. In the past, I have tried all sorts of pans for any number of uses. Terracotta turned out to be a true failure in my past. Because of that, I have been slow to try stoneware as a baking surface. This company caught my eye a few months ago and I just really liked the look of the dishes. Talking to my wife, I noted that I thought they would be really nice to own and I might have to give them a try at some point.

When our anniversary arrived, she had bought as a gift for me. Two days later I had what I needed and made an apple pie. Since it was a test run, I bought a store crust (normally I make my own) to test it with. Where former test runs of other dishes usually stuck or had poor browning, etc, this one turned out perfect. It didn't stick at all and was perfectly browned everywhere. It cooked evenly and I had none of the issues I have had with other pans in the past. It is deeper than some of my former dishes as well, which means I will be able to broaden the pie options a bit.

I've gone from leery of stoneware bake dishes to eager to own more. I'll almost certainly pick up another pie plate (or two), as well as a number of other dishes the company makes. I wish I'd bought this years ago!

3 months ago


Width: 9"
Height: 1 3/4"

A hand-crafted clay stoneware pie plate coated in lead-free glaze. Available in 4 different color sets. The above image is from the Brown Ash set, though they also have Red Splash, Blue Splash, and Purple. A recipe book is included with the purchase. The company crafts many other stoneware baking and serving dishes, as well as a few decorative items.

Where to get it?

Ayer's Website
Etsy Storefront

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3 months ago
Oh, and if anyone decided they wanted one, she got it from Ayers Pottery.
3 months ago
For our anniversary, my wife gave me a pie pan as a gift. It is quite attractive and well made. We tested it out a few days ago and it is the best pie pan I have ever owned. I wanted to share it with you.

We ended up using it in an image as part of her college project as well.
3 months ago