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Cindy Haskin

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So please let us know which of the mushroom books you would choose if you could have just one. I'd like to get one that will help me id edibles and show look alike that are not edible aka poisonous.
Pass me a slice! Looks good.
Hey Nine! Hope your energy levels hold out. That's alot of work you've been doing.

Did you know those iris roots are used in brewing adult beverages? I didn't until recently.  The dryer they are, the more they contribute to the final product.  Once dried they have a sweet, pleasant smell.
I use Orris root (what it's called once dry) in the all herbal and natural ointment I've been making for decades. I add it for its preservative properties.

I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment of your story.
2 weeks ago
I admit up front that I've skipped forward without reading all the posts. Please forgive if this suggestion has already been made.

After you get the structures for the vines to climb, another way to help the fruit stay on the vine would be to support each fruit, maybe with old pantyhose or some other soft, stretchy breathable material you can make a sling with ?? Scroll down to about the 3rd or 4th photo to see what I'm talking about here https://abundantminigardens.com/growing-watermelon-on-trellises/ . Apparently it also works for watermelons!

I like the idea of the cattle panel arched arbor. I will probably do something very similar  when I have the space for multiple winter squash at the same time.
Well, thank you for this post and the suggestion of Jacob sheep. I spent a goodly portion of my day researching an initial foray into sheep breeds because of this post. I am interested in raising just a couple of sheep in the relatively near future. I'm not terribly keen about having to remove lanolin from a fleece before I can spin it into a usable yarn, though having that as a source of base for various cosmetics I might make is appealing. The Jacob hasn't got the lanolin to it's fleece, and I have found it's likely the only breed (allowing for the possibility that I haven't discovered online all the breeds of sheep in the world; 71 are listed at http://www.sheep101.info/sheepbreedsa-z.html under US Sheep Breeds A-Z). But it is magnificent in it's many horns (I'm thinking buttons, knife handles, etc.)

I also learned that there is alot to learn! Some sheep have a fine fiber (Merino), a medium fiber (Corriedale), a longwool (Leicester Longwool), carpet wool (Karakul), or are a hair breed (Katahdin) and not used for their fiber. Some are listed as dairy sheep; yes, some folks milk their sheep! The Lacaune is quite popular in France for this use. But I want a dual purpose (meat/fiber) breed. I am one of those people who actually like eating lamb, and I dream of being able to learn to spin my own yarns that I can then work into useful items, like sweaters or socks.

I learned that California is the highest producer of sheep wool in the United States, but that China beats out everyone else on the planet! And I am sure I have alot more to learn before I get to the point of owning/raising sheep. This was really only my first real look into sheep as a valuable farm critter and how many breeds there are to choose from. I've already begun printing out pages of info to add to a looseleaf notebook for sheep. It joins my other notebooks on various plants and their uses including medicinals, stuff on rabbits for meat and fiber, goats for meat and fiber, bioaccumulators to boost the soil, natural feeds for the critters I plan on having, and on and on...

Wish me well as I dive down the next rabbit hole on these crazy, almost fevered searches for usable information! I'm going back in!
2 weeks ago
Thank you for the information on this mystery.
3 weeks ago
I was watching a movie called "The Core", wherein the "ship" that was going to the core of the planet was made from .... you guessed it, UNOBTAINIUM! Now I knew I'd heard of this element here on Permies! So to hear it mentioned on a movie seemed amazing. Who actually came up with the term? Have I been that far out of the loop of current speech and slang?

A Permies search shows the term in many threads, too many to really list. The movie was released in 2003 I think.

As the forum topic says, it's meaningless drivel! Just wanted to share.
3 weeks ago
I used to have an orange striped male who regularly pitched himself onto my shoulders and would stay there as I pulled weeds or planted seedlings. He would also come to walk me home from a friend's house around the corner. He was a rescue from the dumpster area at a local carwash. I named him Rusty. That was probably almost 30 years ago. Gosh how time has flown!
3 weeks ago
Hi Paul.
I supported the most recent one, the SKIP book, and I want to say the other was the wofati because i remember offering a spelling correction for one of the images being worked up, but I've slept since then and can't be entirely certain. Thanks for the personal attention. Take your time, I'm not going anywhere.