Rita Bliden

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I utilize a LOT of Oak leaves and they add only goodness to the garden soil.

Thank you Eric! My goal is to add goodness! Love this.
1 week ago
I am in central/south New Jersey, and put shredded leaves on my raised beds. I noticed how dry and compact the soil was this summer. The surrounding 7 acres are home to oaks and pine trees. Will using the oak leaves make the beds too acidic?
Trying to establish some small fruit bearing plants, but the sandy loam that is my soil is not so user friendly. What should I do now? Spring?
I love Nicole mentioning mucking out livestock housing! I personally enjoy cleaning their rooms, and leaving clean sheets(bedding, get it?)
1 week ago
Awesome thread, thank you for joining us Vera. I love how the daily-ish opens me up to new threads.
I am on 7 shady acres of oak and pine (2% maple, but still trying to find them!) in central NJ, 45 minutes from the ocean. We have sandy loam, and growing in the ground is not viable without a lot of soil remediation. We do have 4 raised beds that get morning til mid afternoon sun. But those also get raided by the deer. I do have a lovely front porch, which faces east. I will be pressing hanging baskets and porch railing planters into service this spring. We have grown basil and rosemary in pots on the porch, which allow quick access when needed for a recipe.  I  will be trying some of the shade tolerant edibles listed in this post.
I have purchased some berry bushes and small fruit trees. I dug out some of the loam and added topsoil. I set them up in the sunniest area in the front yard, and fenced it in with 8' mesh.
We compost all our kitchen wastes. and shred leaves when it's not raining.Thank you to everyone on permies for all you do!
4 weeks ago
Corned beef hash and home fries at the diner, on the weekends.
We love eggs. And my honey will saute onions first, before adding the eggs for an omelet. Or if we have pastrami leftover from Harold's Deli (enormous sandwiches, intentional leftovers) Heavenly! When I am at a farmers market I will stock up on bread, slice and freeze to go with the omelets.
Because of my honey's current work commute, we have oatmeal (cooked in small crockpot overnight-steel cut oats) with flax meal, wheat germ and maple syrup, Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays. I add blueberries I picked and froze, or a banana.
Tuesdays and Thursdays it's quiche. I make a crustless quiche on the weekends-usually 2 (why waste the oven space) and freeze one. When swiss chard was plentiful I would chop and saute, draining well before putting in the quiche plate. Broccoli and spinach work well too. Eggs, whatever milk product I have, and the same with cheese. I discovered a sprinkling of blue cheese crumbles are magical. I do bake them in a water bath, to prevent the brown egg crust from forming (not my favorite). I use my hand mixer to beat the eggs-makes it fluffier.
1 month ago
We freeze leftover coffee, and tomato paste. We sometimes buy the paste in a tube, but it's much less expensive in the can.  I like the pesto idea, as well as the salsa.
1 month ago

Several Shady Acres?' 😉

Carla I love it! Thank you! I have a dear friend who makes signs-I might be able to pull this off in time for the holidays.(we do Christmas and Hanukkah). Set it up at the end of the driveway as a surprise.
Love all these creative permies minds!
1 month ago
Thank you everyone for sharing! I loved reading the reasons and rhymes behind your homestead names. I am a fan of alliteration. Our deed says we have 6 and some fraction acres, but the surveyor and the previous owner say it's 7. We have a lot of pine and oak, so therefore in the summer, we have a lot of shade. Seven Shady Acres was my thought, but my honey doesn't want to draw attention to how much land we have. I gotta respect the man's wishes, and am still working on a name. The soil is sandy loam, and growing anything (besides pines and oaks) has been a challenge (raised beds and soil remediation to the rescue). We are also at sea level, in the Pine Barrens of NJ.
1 month ago
I currently don't make anything to sell, but am really excited to see what permies folks have to offer.
1 month ago
OMG I love mini Paul and his dragon! And your mini family, and the horse! Nicole and everyone on this thread, you are all so inspiring. Time to order some needles and roving!
2 months ago

But, thankfully the wool is really forgiving, so I'd say just start poking and have fun!

Thank you SO much Nicole! I guess I could have looked around Permies and found the thread on felting. I appreciate all the links. Your work is adorable. I fell in love with the felted fox the moment I saw that class posted locally, and swooned at the pumpkins(I was away for that class). When I saw  all your felted creations, I thought why don't I ask an expert and just do it?
My favorite line "just start poking away"!! Not too many crafts you get to say that.

I like to make lemoncello to give for the holidays, ever since we had it in Italy 20 years ago.
I  took a basket weaving class a few months ago(held in a lighthouse!) and made a lovely market basket. I really liked the material, and the process. The wine basket class is this Saturday (back to  the lighthouse at the Tuckerton Seaport). I will also be learning how to make a wine cork Christmas tree (county offered), a woven reindeer, and a fused glass night light. There is a super artist supportive shop in Bay Head, who holds fused glass, mosaic, painting and metal smithing classes. It's a fun night with my girlfriends, and I get to go home with something I made, to keep or gift. The fused glass work is very forgiving! I made a bowl, two ornaments, and a sun catcher. Thanks for letting me brag!
2 months ago