Denise Massey

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For my suburban homestead I grow veggies, herbs and pears. Make teas, tinctures and preserves. And practice other traditional skills. When I have the time, I enjoy working in my small studio creating pastels and watercolor paintings. Much of my artwork centers around homestead happenings. You can follow my "art almanac" at
homesteadingartist.wordpress.com
USDA Zone 8a, Middle Georgia
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Awesome tips!  Thanks everyone!  I'm so glad I found this site!
2 months ago
Thanks Tristan!  I'll help pass the word. I'm guessing we can get the contact information for Wildcat Creek Ed. Center from their homepage.  
2 months ago
Hello all!  I grow Spring and Summer vegetables in my suburban raised bed garden.  In the past, during the rest of the year I'd cover the soil with pinestraw (I'm in Georgia.. LOTS of pinestraw}.  Since joining Permies.com I've learned it is better to cover garden soil with something that will add nutrients.  

I'm trying wheat hay.   A few weeks after I laid it out, the hay started to sprout! (I'm blaming that on the unusually warm and wet weather we had in October).  I pulled up some of the sprouting grain, but mostly uprooted and mixed it back into the hay.  Recently, I turned the hay over again.  Just to see if it was breaking down into the soil.  YAY!  It was!  So I'm hoping that by Spring I will have a nutrient-rich garden bed that will require less store-bought soil.

Has anyone used wheat hay to replace soil nutrients?  What do you use for covering bare soil in a small garden?
2 months ago
Hi Tristan!  Please let me know how I can help.  What can I send y'all from Middle Georgia?  I know you are looking for LOCAL items.  Are we too far away from your zone to send any of our native seeds, cuttings, etc. your way?
2 months ago
Thanks Juanita!  Sounds like something we can afford on our retiree income.  I'll definitely check out those sites.
8 months ago
Thanks Anne for the topic!  My husband also suffers from Degenerative Disc Disease.  I appreciate the information posted in the replies. Juanita, is willow bark commonly available in most natural foods/herbal stores?  Is generally affordable?
8 months ago
FINALLY! Zone 8a seems to be warming up properly. Stabilizing. For now.  Today local gardeners were excited about planting summer vegs.  I was too!  Sowed squash, tomatoes and eggplant.  
Hope my fellow Permies 8a'ers were able to move forward with their gardens.
Happy (belated) Spring!
10 months ago
Thanks Judith for introducing me to Dorothy Caldwell's work.  What a great way to connect with the earth!  I would love to try something similar.
10 months ago
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Lovely image Joseph!  Thanks for the reminder be an observer of nature rather than just noting the calendar pages.  Permaculture principles do work, even in Wacky Weather!
10 months ago
Wanted to share a bit of my art!  
BUT FIRST: Some artists need help posting images of their work.   If that is you, read on.  If not, just skip this part and enjoy my sketch!

I had a devil of a time trying to figure out how to post images here.  Finally found information in the Forum: Tinkering With This Site and the Thread How to Post Pictures on Permies.  Thanks Jennifer Wadsworth for getting me on the right path!
I'm posting here what worked for me - borrowing from Jennifer's instructions.  

1. Began by writing a post using the "Post Reply" button.  "Quick Reply" did not have the options I needed.
2. Selected an image From the Internet.  (From my blog Homesteading Artist)
3. Right Click on the image I wanted to use.  Clicked on "Copy image address"
4. Placed my cursor where I wanted the image to go in the post.
5. Clicked on the Img button at the top of the Reply screen.  
6. Scrolled over the Img box and Right click to Paste image address into box.  Select OK
7. Only my image address appeared in the post I was writing.  To actually SEE the image, I selected the PREVIEW option at the bottom of the Reply screen.

Again, that is what worked for me.  Results may vary.  Please do check out the Thread on this!  Its 4 years old, but still useful!  And forgive for this section that had NOTHING to do with sharing your art.  But if you do not know, you can't share.  And I would love to see more art from the Permies community!

SHARING MY ART
Dreaming of the summer garden!  This is a page from my gardening journal.  Hoping to enjoy Burgundy Okra this year!


10 months ago
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