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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I've just aquired a bunch of cinder blocks.

If I were to do just the cook stove with them, would the outside edge of the cinder block be INSIDE the footprint of the stove plan, or OUTSIDE?

If it can be topped with a concrete surface, as some counter tops are made, what type would it need to be? Could granite or marble work?

Also, any ideas how to build the stove so that at a later date the mass can be easily added? Is this option covered on the plan?

I've been saving up questions.
To Susan

This may be helpful... Pictures.

Nymphs, and adult laying eggs. As the eggs age, they darken to a darkish brown. From Purdue University

It's not a squash vine borer, as I understand it, they start out as a grub like thing, then pupate into an adult. Author from Cornell University.

Sooo.... So while your bug may damage squash, perhaps the id of your squash bug was a local name for it?
1 day ago
I do believe you have found an Osage Orange tree AKA Horse Apple. Some information about them:

The picture of the "orange" at the above site is closer to "ripe" than your picture. Only the seeds are edible for people. Don't get excited though, they are VERY labor intensive to extract. The squirels like them though.
2 days ago
Oh, wow! Thanks, Gir Bot!

I missed this, my internet has been out, and I'm just catching up!

Have you tried contacting your local fiber art guilds? I found a spinning guild local to me through google. Maybe someone will know someone who knows someone...
6 days ago

Anne Miller wrote:I love squash relish:

Thank you so much for posting this! Once upon a time I had a similar recipe, but it had lots of spicy hotness that I cannot consume any more. Any adjustments I made just didn't taste right.
1 week ago
How many years do the branches need support? Or perhaps, for apples, how thick do the branches need to be if the espalier is 6 feet wide, in total.
1 week ago
A friend of a friend told a story...

To qualify for the term "recycled paper" paper company A simply sells their waste to company B and vice versa. Tada! recycled paper. As to 100% recycled paper, this article got me thinking, maybe some of the cost is due to the short staple length of the resulting product. Maybe this paper requires a slower printing speed, tying up the machines, so they charge more for this reason.

"Another issue is whether 100% recycled paper is ‘greener’ than, say, 80 or 90% recycled. The reality is that each time paper is recycled, the fibers that control strength grow shorter. For this reason, 100% recycled paper often will not run through high speed printing presses without unacceptably high break rates. Mixing in the longer fibers from only 10 or 15% virgin pulp solves this problem and makes the recycled paper acceptable for high speed printing presses. So while 100% recycled printing paper might SOUND greener, in fact it would not be widely accepted in the market place. Adding in a little bit of virgin makes it a more practical solution, making a product like FutureMark’s paper more commercially competitive and allowing their operation alone to save more than 2 million trees per year

In other words, depending on various factors, buying 93% recycled paper might be a greener choice than buying 100% recycled paper, or even 100% post-consumer – especially when the quality of the final product is critical."
1 week ago
I've cubed and frozen my summer squashes in the past. I will kinda stir fry it with a variety of other stuff. Just keep it at the slightly firm stage. It's also good added to various casseroles.
1 week ago

Travis Johnson wrote:Well today we started down the tiny living road; at least for us...

But the biggest issue is not having a specific spot for a kitchen table.

Have you seen these folding picnic tables yet?

2 weeks ago