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Leigh Tate

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My dream has always been to live close to the land. My goal is simpler, sustainable, more self-reliant living. In 2009 my husband and I bought a neglected 1920s-built bungalow on 5 acres, which we've gradually built into our homestead.
Southeastern U.S. - Zone 7b
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I'm hanging in there with AYWMC and just finished part 4, creativity. This unit was a challenge for me, because I don't think of photography as a creative outlet. For creativity, I think of knitting, weaving, and writing, but photography is utilitarian, i.e. for documenting and record keeping. Still, I want to take the best photos I can, and I'm learning a lot. These are from the lesson, "Nothing is Original." It is freeing to realize I don't need to be original, I just need to be me. Lots of introspection in the lesson. These photos are the result.















5 days ago

Jeff Steez wrote:I've never seen soil like this living in Florida... Looks remarkable. I've dug probably 8 feet down and it's exactly the same as what's above it, pure, unadulterated, dry sand.


Jeff, you're right about Florida soil, pure sand! I live farther north in the middle southeast, and we have a sandy loam topsoil with a heavy red clay subsoil. Not a lot of organic matter, however. We've don'e a lot of cover cropping and green manuring since that photo was taken, so one of these days I need to take another sample (and hope for improvement!)
6 days ago

Jenn Lumpkin wrote:That looks like a nice shovel, deeper than the average shovel, huh?


Jenn, it's called a sharpshooter. It goes deep without tearing up too much soil. We like to use it for digging up sapling trees growing in the garden.

So do you think the water coming up where you were planting quince is some kind of spring?


I was hoping so, but now that summer is here and it's been hot and dry, the water is gone.
6 days ago

Sherri Lynn wrote:Cream of Tartar.  I have read that cream of tartar is a by-product of making wine.  Has anyone tried to save some from the wine making process?


Sherri, yes! It starts with this post earlier in the thread, where Lauren experimented with recovered cream of tartar. If you do your own experiments, we'd be interested in those too.
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