Joylynn Hardesty

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Joy discovered Permaculture in 2015. Thanks, Paul! And suddenly the vast expanse of grass began to shrink. Her hubby is appreciative, as mowing is not fun for her guy.
Joy is designing her permaculture paradise from the edges. Fumbling and stumbling all the way. She successfully grows weeds and a few fruits and veggies in the humid Mid-south.
Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee
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Dave Burton wrote:I think I know where that red color is coming from now. It is coming from I think the swiss chard or collard greens that I was using. One of them had red stalks and red veins in them.

Exactly. I thought I would make up a real pretty batch of sauerkraut. I used 1 red (purple?) cabbage and 1 green cabbage, along with ginger root, onions, carrots, and maybe a couple other things... It ended up with everything an icky pink color. At least it tasted good! In other ferments, the carrots haven't altered the color of the entire batch.
1 day ago

Gail Gardner wrote:
What is holding them to the building? I've been giving a lot of thought recently to how to turn the rocks into the walls of raised beds. Has anyone else build raised beds using rocks and mortar or maybe even rocks and native clay?

I was able to enlarge her photo by clicking on it twice. It appears that she mortared them onto the side of her building, maybe with cement?
5 days ago
We had a very sick cat, that we treated with activated charcoal that is sold to be used orally by people. When we found her, she was unable to use her hind legs. She could not support herself sitting up, just flopping over. Hunny is the animal expert here, and he suspected she got into some poison.

We isolated her in the house, and gave her 2 capsules of activated charcoal mixed with 1/4 small can cat food every 4 hours. Also a couple tablespoons of milk available at the same time. On the second day we started seeing improvement. It took her three weeks, but she is fully recovered. Yay! When she started poking around at the corner of the doors, we let her go back outside, and she was just fine, with full confidence in herself. But we missed her. And now she lives happily inside as a lap kitty. It's cold outside, and she isn't nosing at the door now!
1 week ago
Me doing sewing work to receive tiller in trade. But I charge by the hour. So I need an estimate of value, to know if I am willing to do that much 'free' work. I have a tiller that works-for now. My neighbor keeps it working, and we both use it. But it has a limited life.

For the next few months, cash work is what I really need. So, the value of the tiller-to me-is low. Come spring, that value may go up...

Also he is for the foreseeable future in an apartment, no garden possible.
1 week ago
A friend has proposed a work trade of a tiller that is several years old, but unused. What do ya'll think the value of a tiller similar to this one might be?

1 week ago

raven ranson wrote:
I feel a bit like the first time one encounters the three seashells.

I sometimes wonder about those seashells when I must use a public restroom.
1 week ago
Congratulations everyone! Have fun throwing your extra apples!
Will you detail how you prepare the gourds? Some years back, I looked into doing this, the info I saw suggested using bleach... Is that correct?
2 weeks ago
Thank you for offering this!

*sunflower, mammoth
*Swiss chard, fordhook, Silverado
*Strawberry Spinach
*Chinese Mustard
*Luffa Gourd
*Yardlong Bean
Echinacea Angustifolia
Alexandria Alpine Strawberry
Saskatoon Serviceberry
Stinging Nettle

Any of these that may still be available.