Carmen Rose

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First, let me tell you a story I read once. Someone bought this seemingly useless piece of land. It was hilly and so rocky it wasn't even suitable for raising animals. It appeared to be absolutely useless. The author's point was that everything has its own value. We just have to find it. The one thing this piece of land did have was great artesian water. What do you think the owner did with it? Have you heard of Olympia beer?

Secondly, along those lines, I lived in a place where sugar pine grew easily. In fact, the infernal things left 10" - 12" needles all over the ground whenever the wind blew! The local Native Americans made the most beautiful, sturdy baskets out of them so I started listing them on ebay at 1$ per ounce. Of course, I didn't just rake them up and stuff them in a box. I collected them, laid them nice and straight
(USPO shoe-sized boxes are perfect) and included nicely written up instructions. I wasn't in that area for very long but sold $100 worth of needles within a few months. Amazing! Look for your land's unique assets. My new land has literally tons and tons of smooth river rocks. Any suggestions how to use them profitably?

My third comment is that there are 2 ways to 'earn' money. One is to earn cash and pay a significant proportion of it in taxes. The other way, which someone else in this thread mentioned in passing, is to save money. So, when all is said and done, a dollar saved is worth considerably more than a dollar earned in a traditional sense because you don't have to pay taxes on it (or transportation to it, etc., etc.). And if you save enough dollars instead of earning them in the traditional sense, you may find yourself in a lower tax bracket while still maintaining the same standard of living. Win - win!
4 weeks ago

Steve Farmer wrote:Can you plant ten tree seeds or cuttings each day?
Could four of the ten survive to 3 months old?
Could each small tree be worth $4.50 after 3 months?

Could you market on facebook, craigslist and other free sites to sell 4 trees each day?
Could you get started in pots or borrow space in a friend's garden until you have built up a stock and tested the market.

Could you plant twice as many and let half grow to 6 mths old so by end of year you are selling larger trees too?

My new property is in a reduced tax bracket because it's considered forest and is designated for producing timber. So now I have to get it reforested (because much of the previous planting didn't survive). They only sell the trees in increments of 200 and I'm required to put in 2213 trees. Hence, I have 187 extra trees. After seeing Walmart selling 2 foot tall live douglas fir for $40 I got to thinking that I should put those in pots instead of the ground. Come next Christmas I can take them to craft fairs and sell them for $20 and make a handsome profit. I'm guessing it would take 2 or 3 years to get there and if I replace them every time I sell them I'd soon have a variety of sizes and varieties.  
4 weeks ago

Miranda Converse wrote:Hatching chicks out is a super easy way to make some income. You could potentially make the $500 (or more) by selling chicks, although I wouldn't rely on it as your only source of income because demand fluctuates throughout the different seasons. If you are good with your marketing and managing your money, the good months would balance with the bad months and you could easily average $500 a month.

Just some rough math:
With 15 laying hens (in their prime), lets say you average 10 eggs a day.
10 eggs/day=300 eggs/month
Take away personal use eggs~200 eggs to go into the incubator
With a (modest) 75% hatch rate=150 chicks
Sell each chick straight run for $3=$450
If you go with a higher-demand breed, sell each for $5=750

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, I could go into more detail and give some tips on getting started.

I'm definitely interested in this possibility. If you have the time, would you elaborate? Sell them just-hatched or older? Fertilized eggs? How hard are they to market? Special equipment (other than incupators, of course)? Organic feed? What else? TIA
4 weeks ago
My grandmother always grew raspberries and made the best raspberry jam you could imagine! Probably because of this association, I always plant raspberries wherever I live. I just bought a new property and have already been considering where the berries will be planted. She's gone now but I think of her when I'm doing things with the berries, sure do miss her.
4 weeks ago

Flora Eerschay wrote:Sarah Koster asked a great question in her topic What's Your Mind Like? and I didn't want to spam her thread, but it reminded me of this test. Actually, I learned about it on Tinder ;) when someone had this "code" for her personality type and I didn't know what it means, so she told me about this test. And I love tests, questionnaires and all that stuff... so I can procrastinate happily (instead of writing a report like I should right now).
Here is the website:
the test is free and I'm curious about your results! It has quite a lot of research behind it, so I think it's trustworthy.

Funny thing - when I took this test for the first time and we compared our results with the person who told me about it, we found out that we wouldn't be a good match... so maybe this discouraged us from meeting ;) but I liked that she was so introspective.
So my first result, almost two years ago, was:

Personality type: “The Advocate” (INFJ-A)
Individual traits: Introverted – 56%, Intuitive – 80%, Feeling – 53%, Judging – 58%, Assertive – 51%
Role: Diplomat
Strategy: Confident Individualism

And when I took it today, my result is:

Type “The Advocate” (INFJ-T)
Traits: Introverted – 57%, Intuitive – 62%, Feeling – 68%, Judging – 53%, Turbulent – 51%
Role: Diplomat
Strategy: Constant Improvement

So I'm still The Advocate, but a little different now... funny that I'm so much less intuitive! Not sure what to think about it... ;)

Interesting. It names me an adventurer and was quite accurate on almost every point. Any other adventurers out there?
1 month ago

Judith Browning wrote:

Nicole Alderman wrote:First time I've gotten this (I never signed up, but it looks like Paul having it sent out to everyone is working--or at least it worked for me). All in all, I liked it, especially knowing what posts I got "likes" on, as this is rather difficult information to find out. I do wish, however, that the links to the "liked" posts contained the information about the threads. For example, instead of saying "", it'd be nice if it said, "" The 12 threads above the "apple" and "like" posts were listed in the latter format, so I could tell what they were about before clicking, but not so with the "apple" and "like" posts. I don't know if it could be changed or not, but it would be nice!

there is a box to check at your profile to be notified when you get an apple and another for when "someone liked your post" Both have links to the post where it happened.

I received an apple once but I don't know what that means . . .

Paul Cereghino wrote:Anything is worth a try--what is the nature and sequence of your proposed treatment?  Are you interested/concerned about the genetic diversity?  I don't have seed--and my species selection means I am shooting for a 10' shrubby hedge.  Most of our Cascadian trees seem to take from cuttings... mostly floodplain shrubs.

I understand that many woody seeds of my species need cold stratification.  I guess fall sowing would be in order.

In most cases I am staking through wood chip.  I have had very poor growth sticking cuttings into sod without controlling competition for at least 1-2 years.  I can get 2-3' from a cutting in a year with irrigation.  With woody seedlings I'd expect to get 6-12 inches and I'd be more worried about competition from Eurasian grasses over the first and second seasons. 

I think that I generally have low faith in seeds in my setting.

I am in process of setting up an acre for my future home in Pierce County, WA state. I'm interested to hear how your hedges are coming along, what works and doesn't work for you. There are many wild hazelnuts, vine maples, etc. on the land. The surrounding 7 acres will be forestry, mostly douglas fir but some cedar too. Your thoughts and experiences are most interesting to me. Please advise.
1 month ago
The Make A Mix' series of cookbooks are very helpful!!
1 month ago

Brian Rodgers wrote:Good morning
Google photos appears to have cleaned up and made a nice animation out of my Bull Elk photos. Let's see if I can post a GIF..  No I guess not. Here is a link Backyard Bull Elk animation
I got a little bit done on my Hugel yesterday, although I was pretty sore from the day before.
It turns out that indeed I had added treated blocks under the low edges of the Koi pond spa project so it was easy to make a wedge to sledge in between the block and the spa to raise that corner up and get it level.
On a related note can someone tell me how to get images inline so I can add context to my photos?
I decided to take it easy and work on some light duty projects like making sauerkraut and working on the airlift pump in our aquaponics greenhouse.
Note to self: Don't leave the can of PVC cement outside during rainstorms, water may leak into can and cancel gluing project for the day!

Off topic but I gotta ask - Do you have problems with the elk? I just bought a property with a roaming herd of elk that have been using it. I don't know how many, have just heard about them from the neighbors. I'm 61 years old. Should I be worried? Do I need to do anything to protect myself or my house or my dogs from them? Any other advice for me regarding them? Any and all info welcome. Thanks, Carmen.
1 month ago

Cherry Knobloch wrote:I inherited this from my mother. I don't know where she bought it, she was always finding interesting stuff. She thought is had something to do with winding yarn but I don't see how. The cross bars are nailed in place, there is nothing that is either adjustable or removeable. Can anyone here identify it? I already tried a reverse image search but didn't find it.

Is this for making more-than-one-ply twisted twine or string?
1 month ago