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Stephanie Meyer

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since Feb 04, 2015
West Michigan Zone 5
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I'm going to give it a whirl this year , haven't tried them before though.
2 months ago
All my biggest mistakes come down to impatience and jumping into things feet first, wanting everything right now, and not editing my expectations or having realistic understandings of my own limitations. I've literally probably killed thousands of plants, seeds , and seedlings by not paying proper attention to them and what they need (if you have to kill 10000 plants to be a master gardener, I think I'm at least halfway there ). I've wasted a ton of money by not understanding that certain things don't mesh with my personality ( goats are awesome, definitely not for me). I still go head over heels for seeds but now, before starting with something new (animals, plants, projects, tools) , I've learned to take a deep breath and "count the cost". This includes not just financial, but time, labor, and appropriateness for my particular land and personality. It can be very hard to edit, I think people into permaculture are more generalist than specialist by nature, but I've learned my results are much better if I can be more focused and methodical.

TLDR: Haste makes waste.
2 months ago
I found mine on Etsy , they came from Maryland but are doing awesome. 7/7 rooted and looking good so far.  I don't see any more under that seller but there are a lot of other sellers there at varying prices/locations, you may be able to find one close.
2 months ago
Those are very cool, I am actually planning one for under our deck soon. We have a walk out basement and the last retaining wall was wood which has rotted and disintegrated. I'm intrigued by the lower need for building skills, the longevity, permeability and the ability to add soil to the top and plant. The area gets a lot of southern exposure and I'm thinking of using the top of the gabion for winter/early growing with the benefit of the thermal mass from the stones. It seems so much more dynamic than a regular wood or brick retaining wall.
3 months ago
Those are so amazing, the kind of tools that brings joy just to handle or look at.

Even though I need to take up a new craft like I need another hole in my head, about how much are you charging for things like the drop spindles and what does shipping run to North America ?
3 months ago

Phil Stevens wrote:If there's a phosphorus deficit, azolla goes purple, sometimes even reddish brown. Can you confirm that this is a true dead brown and not a purple shade?




This was it! Added a little turkey manure, azolla is looking like it will survive me. Thank you for the help!
2 years ago
My cheapest and quickest thought would be a quilt/ curtain system; some sheets or blankets from Goodwill, a layer of batting between them and suspend from wires through a line of eyebolts or on a rail. It would be modular, cheap to tweak if needed with thicker/ thinner batting, and breathable/natural materials if wanted. If the fabric is not directly touching the side with a slight airspace it should dry pretty well on its own, if not the panels could be thrown on a line to air dry outside .  It could also be adjustable around your sleeping space at night if needed, like an old style bed curtain to keep you warmer.
2 years ago
I think my issue with “ weeds” is that it is entirely a matter of perception and dependent on circumstances. It is kind of like how the soil in my planter becomes “ dirt” once it is strewn all over my floor. Changing my perception of what constitutes a weed has helped me a great deal as I’ve learned to garden. the “weeds” I hate are still perfect in their way, even the burdock I’ve been cussing lately, because they give me a clear signal about what I’m doing wrong or need to change. Re-examining why I call plants weeds has made gardening much more productive for me overall.  
2 years ago

Dale Hodgins wrote:A jug of warm water turns any toilet into a bidet. You just have to remember to bring it in. I've never been a TP only guy.

And there's nothing wrong with using the bathroom sink. Just rinse it out afterwards. For anyone tall enough to get your arse over the sink, it's possible to wash that and other offending parts. If I've been to your house, this has happened. Get over it. Then you wash your hands and make sure to give the sides of a sink a little dribble.



As a short fat girl I feel like this scenario would likely be the beginning of the story given to the ER doc about “ how this injury occurred” . And likely as well received as the stories from people about “ how the teacup got stuck there”.
2 years ago
Identity -  by Julio Noboa Polanco
Let them be as flowers,​
always watered, fed, guarded, admired,
but harnessed to a pot of dirt.

I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed,
clinging on cliffs, like an eagle​
wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks.

To have broken through the surface of stone,
to live, to feel exposed to the madness
of the vast, eternal sky.
To be swayed by the breezes of an ancient sea,​
carrying my soul, my seed,
beyond the mountains of time or into the abyss of the bizarre.

I'd rather be unseen, and if
then shunned by everyone,
than to be a pleasant-smelling flower,​
growing in clusters in the fertile valley,
where they're praised, handled, and plucked
by greedy, human hands.

I'd rather smell of musty, green stench
than of sweet, fragrant lilac.​
If I could stand alone, strong and free,
I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed
2 years ago