Kaitlen Osburn

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I run a high school drama program, a performing arts festival, and also direct and write plays in the Twin Cities. When I'm not doing those things, I'm usually tending to my plants, fermenting something, or reading.
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Recent posts by Kaitlen Osburn

I like to clean the windows in the Fall - so that the most sunlight can get in during the dark days of Minnesota!

I cleaned some stained glass as well, and WOW is it brighter in here!
1 year ago
Here is the 4th species, replacing the cucumber in this post: https://permies.com/wiki/30/122865/Seed-saving-PEP-BB-gardening#1304351

I saved some of my bush beans this fall, and put them back into the packet I bought them in - zero waste!
1 year ago
I made a simple (but delicious) salad from foraged lamb's quarters and added foraged purslane and cauliflower leaves from my garden and parsley. I made a lovely lemon vinaigrette to go on top. Yum!
1 year ago
20 BBs as Follows:

Animal Care:
Birdhouse: https://permies.com/wiki/107920/pep-animal-care/Build-nice-birdhouse-specific-species#1304377
Insect Waterer: https://permies.com/wiki/25/108073/pep-animal-care/Bee-Insect-Watering-Station-PEP#1304632

Excavator: https://permies.com/wiki/30/99575/pep-earthworks/Scoops-Excavator-PEP-BB-earthworks#1304644
Trail: https://permies.com/wiki/99625/pep-earthworks/PEP-BB-earthworks-sand-bermtrail#1304639

Wild and Volunteers: https://permies.com/wiki/122923/Encouraging-volunteer-wild-plants-PEP#1304778

Twine: https://permies.com/wiki/20/105498/pep-textiles/twine-PEP-BB-textile-sand#1295851
Basket Weaving: https://permies.com/wiki/30/105756/pep-textiles/Woven-basket-PEP-BB-textile#1295719

Food Prep:
Grain in an Instant Pot: https://permies.com/wiki/20/106008/pep-food-prep-preservation/Cook-Grain-slow-cooker-PEP#1296033
Grain in a Solar Oven: https://permies.com/wiki/106011/pep-food-prep-preservation/Cook-Grain-Solar-Oven-PEP#1296034
Grain in a Rocket: https://permies.com/wiki/20/106017/pep-food-prep-preservation/Cook-Grain-Rocket-Stove-Haybox#1296037
Dry Food in a Solar Dehydrator: https://permies.com/wiki/10/105828/pep-food-prep-preservation/Dehydrate-Food-Solar-Dehydrator-PEP#1296739

Fresh List: https://permies.com/wiki/40/111859/pep-foraging/Fresh-harvest-list-PEP-BB#1296750
Dry List: https://permies.com/wiki/42/111860/pep-foraging/Dry-harvest-list-PEP-BB#1304382
Tea: https://permies.com/wiki/30/111861/pep-foraging/Cup-tea-PEP-BB-foraging#1296755
Seed Balls: https://permies.com/wiki/112201/pep-foraging/lbs-seed-balls-bombs-PEP#1297206

Beautiful Sign: https://permies.com/wiki/156717/pep-greywater-willow-feeders/Add-Wood-burned-Oil-sealed#1296744
Reuse Dishpan Water: https://permies.com/wiki/30/116798/pep-greywater-willow-feeders/Water-Dishpan-Flush-Toilet-Water#1304353

Natural Medicine
Poultice: https://permies.com/wiki/119135/pep-natural-medicine/PEP-BB-Medicine-Sand-ComfreyPoultice#1296742

Lash 10' to a vehicle: https://permies.com/wiki/109659/pep-homesteading/Lash-Longer-Vehicle-PEP-BB#1304365
Rock jack: https://permies.com/wiki/118356/pep-homesteading/PEP-BB-homesteading-sand-big#1304360
1 year ago
Lots of wild and volunteer plants around this yard this year!

There is some purslane growing, which until recently I thought was a terrible weed - nonsense! - I'll likely use some in a salad tonight with some Lamb's Quarters (goosefoot, chenopodium). I also found a small cedar tree growing, and trees are useful for all sorts of things including sucking some of that CO2 back down into the soil. In our front yard, there are lots of sunflowers growing and milkweed. The sunflowers I imagine are volunteers from our neighbors, who plant their whole sidewalk area with sunflowers each year. I've been waiting for some to grow on our side! The milkweed popped up from plants last year, and we even saw some monarch caterpillars feasting on some earlier this summer.

Volunteer - Sunflowers, Milkweed
Wild - Purslane, Cedar tree, Lamb's Quarters

My 'technique' was just to let them grow, and clear a bit of space around them when they were small to ensure adequate sunlight.
1 year ago
Up at the Lab, we used the very fun excavator to prepare our Hugelkultur beds.

This was a very fun day.
1 year ago
I created a trail at Basecamp near the parking lot to ascend the berm.

I planted tillage radish, lamb's quarters, orchard grass, and buckwheat along with a sprinkling of crimson clover.
1 year ago
I made a small insect/bird waterer for our porch using an old serving dish that has been decommissioned from the kitchen. It's near a bird feeder and all of the porch plants, so it will get lots of action (and has, as it's been in use for several weeks now!)
1 year ago
There is a lot of pineapple weed tea in my future. During a drought, it's one reliable plant you can count on to still grow!
1 year ago
This birdhouse is designed for wrens, chickadees, or other small birds who are insect eaters because it would be nice to have less mosquitos and grasshoppers.

It's made from a log. The interior is 4"x4"x8". The bottom of it swivels open to allow for cleaning. neat!
1 year ago