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    just moved to georgia from wisconsin
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    self reliance; lo-tech living; cooking, crafts, anything to do with food!!, camping, livestock, garden & orchard, hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, etc.

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  1. Lawn herbs

    I'm thinking of transplanting some chickweed an cleavers from a friends flower bed area to a wild patch. They are just about salad size right now, and she just laughs when I suggest she try some....I had some last year and the salad was delicious. the kudzu is blooming now; not that I want to transplant that, but I might go get permission to cut some for basket making. I'm told it is superior basket material, pliable and easy to use. Again, all I get are odd looks and chuckles.....it's not easy being green, as Mr. K. T. Frog sang so long ago.

    strawberry bed planted - 50 plants in there. Raised beds filled - currently covered with tarp due to rain - M cut up potatoes for planting in a couple days. Also have brassica to plant out as soon as we harden them off (don't know how much the store did to harden them, so we will double-harden them).
  3. Toys R Us

    Toys R Us have had a boat-load of lawsuits to contend with. Sorry to see they are closing down, though.

    Homesteader, those pics are inspirational (to me, anyway!) Love the hoop house, trying to figure out how to put them up over our raised beds for winter use. With a hoop house, we can grow cold weather crops all winter....and we do love our cold weather cruciferous crops! I ordered Typhon this year, it sounds like a good one to try. I do love me some greens, and want to try it for overwintering. Here (zone 8A) minimums are 10-15 degrees, but usually lows hover around 30 degrees. Hoop houses are popular for overwintering the cold weather crops - looking forward to trying it! Gotta fine me some flexible PVC to build a hoop house or at least a tunnel over at least one bed for winter...
  5. Lawn herbs

    Ambergris, that is one of my favorite sites (!) along with eattheinvaders.org If you cant eradicate 'em, might as well eat 'em!

    Wow Annarchy, I've never heard of the radials detaching inside the tire. That would make a terrible wobble - I wonder how that happened? The radial belts are supposed to stay put, to keep the tire from exploding & subsequent los of control when it goes flat. It still goes flat, mind you, just more slowly, so as to make steering possible. That, and I always liked the nylon radial belts over the metal ones, since cutting thru nylon ones makes recycling that tire easier (tires make really cool sandals, comfy and long lasting. Jeepers, isn't it odd how the knee-hip things works on the diagonal? left knee, right hip and vice versa. It seems this year is so much worse for those of us with orthopedic issues. I've felt your pain, sister....many times....one of the reasons I take my cane wherever I go away from home. The 'retail walkers' (leaning on the shopping cart) can help, but sometimes if the cart height is wrong it makes my shoulders sore too. Like today. Needless to say, it was a hot tub night (best money M & I ever spent)! Today we finished (or rather supervised the finishing of) the raised beds. Mary was struggling to do it alone, I got tired of feeling useless (and worse yet being useless when I tried to help) so we bit the bullet and spent $250 to have a local man come by with a bobcat and load our dirt into the beds. Best money we ever spent! H was impressed with our big beds (6 ft x 36 feet x 12 inches deep). Still small enough to fence easily as needed to keep deer away, but big enough to have some room for a few vining crops (like sweet potatoes, a favorite down here). My gypsum and soil testing kit also came via FedEx so we can now begin working on loosening our clay up. Probably going to have to order more gypsum, but for now we got some to put in planting holes, topped with a soil-mulch mixture to plant our trees, shrubs, and the like. We can always top dress with more as needed. And I like the test kit, not just for testing our soil but our compost so we can tweak our ingredients as needed. Things are starting to shape up!

    Ugh Mt Rider! Bronchitis takes forever to go away. I'm still waiting for my APAP to be delivered - Doc ordered it 2 weeks ago. My sleep test showed the CPAP I have is not getting the job done when I go into deep REM sleep - I stop breathing, and partially wake up. As a result, I get sleep, but not deep REM sleep. No wonder I am getting so crabby and forgetful! I have an appointment with her next week to calibrate & set up the new unit, so it had better get here soon! Meanwhile, I ponder just what it is about liver that I always end up wearing it? This time, I saw that the package had come open and when I picked up the package to finish opening it, the package opened (the bottom) and plop! The entire pound of liver landed in my lap. (Fortunately I was sitting down at the time.) Hysterical laughter followed, then commands to all the critters who hang around the kitchen for handouts to 'GET BACK!" because they were looking like they were planning on jumping up in my lap to get at the liver! I managed to wrestle it into the plate I had ready for dredging it in flour (making a bigger mess, naturally) before any of the dogs or cats decided it was worth disobeying Mom to get some! Its not like I don't share..... This is not the first time a liver package has burst on me....it happens EVERY time, this one was just the worst so far. I'm beginning to wonder if I should not just cut to the chase and rub some on my body before I try to cook it. It would be a controlled mess, but so much easier to clan up! (I'm sure the pets would volunteer to help.) I just have to laugh....or I'll explode!
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    Oh my! Duke is a little clingy, but has showed little tendency to bite. He has stopped trying to hump every other critter in the house though; we just kept telling him 'no' and stopping him. He is enjoying being part of the ''pack'. When one dog barks, he is eager to go 'back him up' and bark at whatever the first one barked at. The only thing we are working on now is getting him and Jack (the full size aussie) to accept each other more. There is a little growling, and a little snarling, but we intercede quickly, and the incidents are diminishing. He gets along well with the other dogs. Duke seems to love the kitties, as they are his size, and he allows them to curl up next to him for napping. But we are monitoring him closely, until the regression to 'baby' behavior due to his being re-homed dies down a bit. He seems to prefer me over Mary, but has shown no aggressive moves toward her at all. So we shall see....I have heard from several people that Min-Pins can become aggressive biters so we are watching for that. Meanwhile, when strangers are around, he gets to 'kennel - up' along with the bigger dogs. We are hoping he will see it as normal behavior in his new pack. So far so good. Our raised bed gardens are shaping up nicely. Frames are up (6 x 36 foot beds) and we are getting the dirt tomorrow. Mary was going to wheelbarrow it, but found her back won't let her do that kind of heavy work any more. So we will pay a local landscaper to bring his bob-cat over to put the mountain of topsoil-compost mix into the beds. we figured 432 cubic feet of soil, and that is a lot to move by hand! We are re-discovering (ruefully) that we are not in our 40s anymore.... We put in three grape vines, three blueberry bushes, and have some other things to put in once I get some gypsum to help loosen up this clay, and some more compost to work into it to loosen things up. So far we are using new topsoil in our planting holes, hoping to give the plants an easier start. We shall see how well it works, I guess. The hardest part is finding dwarf fruit trees hardy to zone 9 or 10. We are 8A here, and I want at least one zone of 'buffer' to allow for climate challenges. I used to look for zone 3 plants when I lived in zone 5, and it served me well; here I thing heat will be more of an issue, so I am looking for plants that tolerate zone 6-10, ideally. The search continues, but so far I have found raspberries (thornless), peaches pears, plums (domestic and wild), elderberries (to pollinate with the one I brought with me) and apples, but so far the apples are all 'out of stock' until autumn. I may have to wait to plant those. We are also taking time to observe and map our the sunlight patterns through the day. So far our garden placement is bang-on with ample sun, and light shade during the scorching late afternoons. But we are trying to map out sunlight patterns for the other things we will be putting in separately. So we are busy. Happy spring! At least untl the weather changes.
  10. Lawn herbs

    Found some plantain yesterday...the folks that brought in the house scoured off what used to be the grass & topsoil prepping the site. It is largely red clay, but here and there those indomitable weeds are popping up. The plantain is not as wide as I had 'up north' but otherwise it is the same. Also saw my first armadillo yesterday evening, crossing the road in front of my car. So now I have potentilla 'five finger grass' and plantain lanceolata so far....that and the redbud and nut trees that I have identified as 'desireable' lawn dwellers. '
  11. Lawn herbs

    Good idea, maybe I'll start doing that. Bought tags so I can mark trees as to identity....don't want to accidentally take out the redbuds, for example, thinking they are gum trees. Mary wants to clear out more of the jungle, but does not want to take any of the established desirable trees. We 'found' our elderberry that we brought from home....we will put it down in our streamside 'wild' area.
  12. gardening in clay?

    Well, we're heeeeere, and setting up raised beds. This year we have two, 216 square feet apiece. The neighbors all are scoffing at us, saying the deer will eat everything, but our friends down here say they tend to stay away from inhabited areas, roam freely over the areas that are only seasonally occupied. Raised beds seems to be the choice of many for the clay issue. When we plant our fruiting trees, and bushes, however, we will be sure to include quite a bit of soil loosening soil amendments in each hole. We bought an augur with a 6 inch augur part to help us dig through (I'm getting a little old to swing a pick axe...not too certain that klutz that I am I would be able to stay 'on target' anyway, lol. Also setting up our compost heap area right away....
  13. Lawn herbs

    Today (actually yesterday) I found my first 'new' (since moving across the country) lawn herb. It's my old pal, potentilla, or five-finger grass. A very low sprawl kind, but then again, its early spring and it just came up. I feel better now - when I moved I 'lost' all my lawn food & herbs: plantain, chicory, dock, potentilla, yarrow, dandelions, sow thistle, garlic mustard, motherwort, st. johns wort, shepherds purse, highbush cranberry, wild mints, nettles, etc. Most are nation wide 'weeds' but I have to locate picking patches all over again! So now I have the first one and I'm sure, more to follow! Yay, me! (Of course, I'm not against selectively planting my own 'wild' patches if I can't find the ones I want.....)

    Went to doc for follow up on sleep test. my apnea has gotten worse, so I'm getting a larger (nose & mouth) mask, and another test to tweak the machine, IF it ever gets here. The repair person from Fleetwood mobile homes came today (after 1 hrs notice) and fixed the crack in the ceiling, and the front door (huge gap underneath letting in cold air). Another trip to Lowe's (more parts for raised bed garden) turned into a budget pinching spree in the garden area - we bought two hibiscus bushes, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprout & kale starts, tomato starts (those have to wait to go in though, still not warm enough) and more seeds. Mary kept looking for sweet potato seeds, and asking me where to find those. She did not know they were started from slips, which I will probably want to order since I want bush types, not spreading ones. The garden is a mere 432 square feet this year, we need to save space. We even looked at Lowes' fruiting trees, but those were all full sized, and what would I do with 4-6 bushels each, of 8 different fruits besides go canning- crazy? We want dwarfs, as they tend to produce 1-2 bushels each, which is much more manageable, and no climbing on ladders to harvest & tend. So what if they only produce 20 years or so? If we're still spry by then we will phase in new ones as the old ones fail. The plan (ideally) is for two apple, one pear, one peach, one plum, an Asian pear, a crabapple (for jelly pectin), 2 elderberries (down by the creek to grow 'wild') and grapes (bunch AND at least one muscadine). That will set us back a bit, hence the budgeting spread. It will take a couple years for them to get big enough to produce anyway. Along with the raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and a couple service berry bushes we certainly will not be short of fruit to eat! We picked up three blueberry bushes (this is big time blueberry country, so have to at least try those) and soil to fill the strawberry raised bed plot - we already have plants to put it - 50 or so. We have to set up our asparagus, raspberry and rhubarb patches, too. (Now you can guess why we bought over an acre, instead of a single 6/10 acre lot.....to cram it full of edibles!) Tomorrow we have no appointments....so we will work on garden set-up some more. The neighbors all are driving by to look and tell us the deer will eat us out of all our work (they never heard of the peanut butter on foil electric fence thing?) The shrubs (camellias, including a tea plant) and trees (fruiting, and magnolias) will have to wait for next pension check cycle. So glad we already have some very pretty redbud trees blooming! Such lovely sign of spring! I've never seen crape myrtles, I'm looking forward to seeing those bloom, too.

    Today M said we would have a do-nothing day. She was sore after we were lifting those large 2x12x12 boards and positioning them for making our raised bed garden. (I'm never going to believe THAT again!!) After a nap, she was raring to go again, so we wrestled those boards into place and put together one bed and half the other before we got too tired to move. It will be interesting to see how sore we are tomorrow. I wonder how many days physical labor it takes to 'adapt' to it? It used to take about a week, in my younger days, to get used to the physicality of summer after the winter doldrums. Methinks it will take longer this year. Meanwhile....we are using the hot tub....a lot! But I'm never going to believe her when she says we are having a 'rest day' again!

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