Pearl Sutton

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Chronic reader, creative dreamer, a LOT of hand skills to make things real, intense health issues that limit my activity, but not my creativity or dreams. Moved to southern Missouri with enough tools and junk to build a life that might work well with my health. One of god’s gigglers, I punctuate with smiley faces and exclamation points when I type, and smile and laugh a lot in real life. (Often at things no one else understands.) And I both curtsy at people (even when wearing grubby work clothes) and purr when hugged, both online and in real life. “Normal” is not a word that has ever been used for me.
Been organic gardening all my life, and bought 4 acres that I have designed from the ground up. Making it happen is being the most fun I have ever had in my life, the best 3D jigsaw puzzle ever! Reading Mollison’s Designer’s Manual was like coming home, ah, THERE I am! A reality where I can use all of my multifaceted talents and skills!
Dumpster diver, recycler, second hand store shopper, I tell people I am attracted to rust and lace. I have violated every warranty I have ever met, I’m a tool using animal, and I use my tools to modify everything in my world. And it only gets weirder...
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Recent posts by Pearl Sutton

Jay Angler's story of bug rearranging makes me think of years ago, I saw a baby preying mantis in a place where there were no bugs that annoyed me, so I was going to put him in my garden area, by the roses. He was about an inch tall, cute. I went to pick him up and he went kung fu psycho hostile insect at me. I have never seen a more determined not to be messed with bug in my life! He basically put up his fists and said "Come on if you think you are hard enough!!" I was backed down by a one inch tall bug.
I ended up using a cup to move him, I have never had to use a cup to move a mantis, that one was a survivor, no WAY a bird was going to eat him. Live long and prosper, bug!
4 hours ago
Denny Hall: Nah, at this point this is a known bug that is on the code guys list :) I fixed yours, go look again.
And this is permies, the stickers are held on by slug slime! Beware of chickens pecking them off!  
I agree with attracting them back out. Moths are easy to attract with lights. Make the outside light as bright as you can, and go out to the greenhouse and swoosh any you need to toward the door.
4 hours ago

Carolyne Castner wrote:I also have a question about harvesting rosehips. My roses are "Knock out" roses and do not seem to form a large "hip" they also do not ever turn red. Can they still be harvested and used?

Yup! Let them get dry, even if they don't brown, so they are ripe, and size doesn't matter. Just use more to end up with the amount you need.
Some varieties of rose make huge hips, some make very small. The ones you can buy came off a large hipped variety, because they sell well and are easy to harvest. All are excellent.

I had a climbing Peace rose that never made huge hips, but it made up for it in quantity. It went way up over my roof! Lots of flowers and lots of hips.

Welcome to Permies!! :D

You get a wonderful view from the point of no return. – Moist von Lipwig
2 days ago
Congratulations all! You help keep permies a great place!!

For anyone else interested in the numbers...
Thomas's freezer used .18 KWH in 12 hours (he powers it down at night.) off his solar.
My freezer, similar size, old, used, with 2.5 inches of foam insulation added on all sides (held on with a camo ratchet strap, I'm so stylish!) in 22 hours used 2.08 KWH off the grid.

So was the price of his freezer high? Doing the math off that data, I'm probably buying one at some point. It's WAY cheaper.


3 days ago
Maybe having a copy of the building plans as candy would attract some people?

thomas rubino wrote:

If you wanted, I could plug my kill a watt meter into the battery charger and see how much 110 vt I'm using to keep the 105's charged up.

Would you please? A 24 hour reading would make me very happy :)
4 days ago
Thomas Rubino: Cool!
I'm curious, how much wattage does it pull a day?
And what are the bricks on the lid for?
4 days ago