Kim Goodwin

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Jason makes a point above.  Which is why I'd like to plug Baker Creek Seeds, and their heirloom sweet corn varieties.  Here's a link to their current corn listings, where I counted 7 or so sweet varieties:

They have a gorgeous corn selection...  beautiful varieties with lots of genetics to play with.
2 months ago
Lung problems have been a big deal for me.  Something I've learned - our bodies do most of their really valuable healing at night, particularly when sleeping, and according to traditional Chinese medicine, at around 10pm is optimal.  

So one things seem to make a big difference with lung stuff, in my experience - creating a "clean room" where you sleep.  Medically speaking, a true clean room is very hard to create and takes a lot of care and some equipment.  But you can make your own home version by keeping your bedroom very clean, dust regularly, have hard surface flooring if possible, and don't bring shoes, unwashed (like worn today even) clothes, or much of any outside stuff into that room.  Also keeping the door closed, then add filtration of some sort - minimally a HEPA, or if affordable a charcoal based filtration.  If you want to be really careful, you only go in the room after showering, too.  It's also best to not have plants with soil in this room, as molds and such grow in their soil.  I'm not against plants in the house in general - just not in the clean room. Tillandsias would probably be fine.

This setup can do wonders.  If you are spending 6-8 hours a day (night) resting in your clean room that gives the lungs an body an amazing chance to recover from the day.  Normally I live with the windows open at night especially, but if the outdoor air isn't good for some reason then the clean room method can give my body some delicious recoup time.

Another term for this is a sleep sanctuary.  Here's a really in depth version of how to make one: Biotoxin Journey's Sleep Sanctuary

Oh, and a couple more things... extra Vitamin C helps the lungs, too. People have cured their asthma just with that at times.  Vitamin C and also glutathione can be nebulized: vaporized and inhaled with a nebulizer.
3 months ago
To Miranda and any others in the hot high desert zone of the SW,  you may wish to check out this thread as well : Failing miserably at what I thought was a pretty modest permaculture garden Great stuff in there; people's experiences over time and such.
3 months ago
Welcome to Permies!  Thanks for sharing a picture, too.  We love pictures - they tell such a story.  I, for one, love seeing the color green again.  Ahhhhh...

Sorry about the student loans.  That's rough and such a problem now.  There is an excellent section of Permies called Monies, which has many fantastic subforums on making and saving money, frugality, and residual income streams that you might enjoy:
Permies forums on making and saving money

Good luck, and enjoy!


3 months ago
Looks like a pearly everlasting to me, Anaphalis margaritacea.  We had a patch of them in my coastal mountain home area of Oregon, about 80 miles south of Portland.

Here are more pics to look at and info:USDA Distribution of pearly everlasting

Some herbal/edibility info on it: Pearly Everlasting on

And some more pics, ID info, and medicinal uses:  Pearly Everlasting on Montana Plant Life

The flowers are very distinctly ball-shaped, with white bracts and then yellow furry parts inside, as such from Wikipedia:

See what you think,

3 months ago
Welcome to Permies, Chris!

On reading your post I started to think I was taking a math quiz.  Um, 2 o'clock?  No?  Jokes aside, I have no idea how you'd calculate your span with round wood, but I did notice that there is a separate thread on a very similar question here:

Is a roundwood structure strong enough for a living roof?

Hope that has some answers for you!

Welcome!  Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
4 months ago
Welcome Laurie from Alabama!

That's a wide varieties of interests there...sounds like you fit in here pretty perfectly.  A lot of renaissance people/polymaths in this group, and many, many animal lovers too.  Hans IS quite handsome.  Oh, and muscovies are so fun!  I love their personalities.

How did you get stared on the dulcimer? Fascinating instrument!

Also, have you made any crocheted things with sisal that you were particularly happy with?  Funny you mention it, because I just started playing with crocheting sisal; I'm trying to find a good stitch to make a decent doormat.

Great signature quote...  lovely philosophy.


4 months ago

Wayne Mackenzie wrote:...I’m now having success with trees that I would have never thought of using for pioneers in my sandy desert soil without irrigation.

Can you share more about this, which plants?

Along the lines of Ann's suggestion, here is another company with some great mixes for the Southwest.  You might consider doing a dryland grasses mix, and maybe also a wildflower mix appropriate for your area.  Oftentimes deer aren't as interested in dryland wildflowers and native grasses as they would be interested in the more lush stuff.  I think that's why they seek out gardens and human-changed areas.

Plants of the Southwest dryland grass mix

Plants of the Southwest wildflower mixes for various ecosystems

For some reason, their search refinement tools don't work so well on all the pages.  But you can read through their products very quickly.

People don't always think of wildflowers when they think of cover crops, but I think they are quite underappreciated.  Wildflower mixes usually have a wide diversity of plants that are medicinal, pollinator attractors, and plants that are likely dynamic accumulators that just haven't been studied much yet.

I think the advice above to start with a smaller area is very sound, as well.  I have so often started too big, and had less success because of the additional attention a big project requires...  Start small is now my personal motto. :-)

Good luck!
4 months ago