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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Here is a link explaining how to post pictures.

I hope someone with knowledge of your question will be along soon. Welcome to Permies!
1 day ago
Hello, Odunayo.

Is there a particular part of the world you would like to wwoof in? Can you add more details of the type of place you are looking for?
2 days ago
I've been wondering about this plant too. Or a variation of it that is naturalized here. Mine looks like yours, but smells vaguely like basil. I have used it as a spice in my cooking, in salads. It works great for a mosquito deterrent, rubbed on the skin.

Huh. From Tyler's link, in the comments:

Anna Watts
This "weed" may be toxic to cattle and goats, but it is a God send for humans. As a tea, it is extremely helpful in the fight against colds, flu and other viruses. It is great dried, powdered and added as a spice to cooking. As an infusion/spray/dip, and/or incorporated into soaps, it is fantastic in the fight against fleas, not only repelling them, but killing them . . . it is a natural insecticide that is safe for humans and most pets. When you are outdoors and find yourself battling bugs, just grab a handful, scrunch it up, and rub it all over your exposed skin to keep the pests away. It is a great companion plant for tomatoes, keeping most of the bugs/insects away from them. I let it grow up around my zucchini this year and it was never bothered with squash bugs. Because it has such strong antibacterial properties, killing many food poisoning bacteria, the leaves are often used to as a wrap around sushi. When dining out or eating some place where you are nervous about the possibility of food poisoning, a cup of hot tea made from Perilla Mint following your meal can often ward off an annoying illness afterwards.
It has great cleaning properties, which makes it great for using in soaps. Kills germs and cleans, what more could you ask for from a plant to add into your soaps. It also goes by the name of "Shiso." YES, it should be kept away from cattle, goats, etc, but it should NOT be all killed out. It IS a very VALUABLE plant, not just an ornamental. That is the real reason it was brought over to this country, because it has great value and immigrants didn't want to do without it.

Here is what Eat the Weeds says about it.
1 week ago
Currently most of our bacon grease/old cooking oil goes in an old jar or can, and then into the trash. I'd love to find a better use for them! Or, better yet, LOTS of uses for the oil, and how to's.

So, I thought I'd make a wiki and hopefully we can compile uses for old oil and threads/posts/websites that tell us how to reuse it. Please share your knowledge!

(Here's some that come to mind, but I don't know how to do any of them...)

  • Turn into soap?
  • Turn into candles?
  • Use in oil lamps?
  • Bury in the garden?
  • Grease tools with?
  • Polishing leather

  • 1 week ago
    This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Food Prep and Preservation

    For this badge bit, you will dehydrate at least two pounds of food.

    To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
      - you must use a solar food dehydrator
      - you must have two pounds of food before dehydration

    To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
       - a picture of your food on a scale before dehydration
       - a picture of your food in your solar dehydrator before dehydration (with entire structure of dehydrator)
       - a picture of your food in your solar dehydrator after dehydration (with entire structure of dehydrator)


    Build a Solar Dehydrator

    If there is already a solar dehydrator that you can use, you can skip this step.

    Mother Earth News wrote a good article on how to build a solar food dehydrator. Dehydrator Spot also wrote a good article about how to build a solar food dehydrator. These are other variations on solar food dehydrators.


    Collect the Food

    Food could be collected from your food forest, farm, garden, foraging, your local farmer's market, CSA shares, sharing and trading with neighbors, or your local organic grocer.

    Harvesting from a Food Forest

    Foraging Wild Edibles

    Wonderful CSA Shares Box


    Dehydrate Your Food

    Prepare food for your solar dehydrator however you like, then, place your food in your solar dehydrator.

    1 week ago
    I have one of these fans. From here.

    It was awesome. The low setting is a higher velocity than the standard box fan puts out. This fan decided to give up the ghost last night. Sob!

    Is there a trouble shooting option? An easy fix? I know nothing about wiring. In other instructibles, I find a diagram easier to follow than words in paragraph form. I do know how to remove the cage around the blades.

    Can anyone help?
    1 week ago
    Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Fournier, author of The Green Burial Guidebook

    Read the book review here!

    Elizabeth will be hanging out in the forums until July 12th, answering questions and sharing her experiences with you all.

    At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of her book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Zero Waste forum are eligible to win.

    To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email.

    The winners will be notified by Personal Moosage and must respond within 24 hours. Only the winners who respond within that timeframe will receive their book. Watch for a PM, and a notice in this thread announcing the winners!

    Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Elizabeth's name to get her attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.

    Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Elizabeth and make her feel welcome!
    1 week ago