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  1. It's time to plant the watermelons, transplant the tomatoes and all, and get the fall garden started. I don't think I have it in me.
  2. "an escape room is built to foster an intense feeling of connection, a hyperdose of concentrated intimacy. "
  3. Be careful. Mine included the size of the tool.
  4. Yes, unfortunately. Your place is not tenable. Out of nowhere today, DS2 called me this evening and asked for instructions on planting specified edibles on his acre. We talked about taro (he has bayou frontage) and raised beds for other things. I kept trying to remember water chestnuts, and kept forgetting them.
  5. Leaves are much bigger and it's somewhat harder to kill. So far, that's all I know for sure.
  6. This year I did fairly organized 8 x 10 to 10 x1 0 or so plots of a long-rooted corn, a short-stalked corn, a corn with a lot of ears, and so on, various kinds with pollination controlled mostly by dates. I worried about them and cussed a lot, while the hired guys mowed around them and ignored my instructions sometimes. But mostly, I guess, the guys did as I asked. The upshot was this: the deer feasted.
  7. My rock bottom fallback has always been rice with forage for when the cupboard goes bare. Then corn for when the rice gives out, although not being able to get rice around here would be next door to unthinkable. I would be testing for radiation, I mean, if I couldn't get rice here. Rice to fill up on, and forage for nutrients and enough variety that you don't go feeling the edge of your knife and eyeing people who annoy you. Corn is like rice, but not as nutritious and harder to keep the bugs out of, but we can grow corn here a lot easier than we can grow rice. And we can grow sorghum mixed in with the corn for the years when there's no rain at times corn needs rain. Sorghum is like corn, but not as nutritious or as easy to cook with. Beans and corn make a square meal. I don't like beans and rice. Never have. Give me a mess of black-eyed peas and crusty cornbread, though, and I can dig in happily. Year one: Rice and forage. Grow corn and beans too, but don't expect to do well enough to eat a lot from this planting because the odds do not favor good production in the first year. Call it practice, and save the seed. Don't try to grow ten different vegetables in addition to corn and beans unless you've got some experience doing this. The word for that is failure. Spend your year learning how to grow corn and beans and a very, very few precious other things. Whatever people talk about growing like a weed? Plant that. Zucchini? Go for it. If you live in a pie-pumpkin zone, plant that. If you live near me, plant a seminole pumpkin or another moschata instead. And if you don't know what that is, either find out or stick with zucchini. There are long day and short day corns, onions, and beans (at least). Long day means northern while short day means southern. Day-neutral means you can plant it anywhere, supposedly. If you are looking at a catalog for a business located in a very different climate, it might be worthwhile to call customer service and ask if that interesting onion is long day or short day. If they don't know, that's information for you. Year two: Grow corn and beans from your saved seed, which is selected for your particular conditions. Grow whatever grew best of the other vegetables. Add one or two other vegetables. And forage too. Especially watch for nuts, insects and larvae, and fish. If you have not found a way to put eggs on the table, keep trying to find a way. Year three: Repeat year two.
  8. My first ex mother in law introduced me to taro (along with so much more). The stuff grows at my old house with abandon. I had three different patches, different kinds at each. New house--nope. Soil is too dry. Sigh. I am planning to set up a patch if the new irrigation system has a leaky hose section though. Can you tell I say "new irrigation system" with clenched teeth?
  9. I love the Fix It and Forget It books. I have two. Wait, I gave one to DS2. I have one, and it's great. I use the smaller recipes for solar cooking.
  10. Carbs, mainly. I am trying to build up a store of living roots too. Can't assume I will have time AT THE RIGHT TIME --and strength AT THE RIGHT TIME to plant, raise, harvest, process. Stuff grows fast here, but once picked it rots just as fast. It's the heat.
  11. Who is his right mind would eat an oyster?
  12. Unless it's gone off in color, meaning it's been allowed to get moisture in it, it's good. They originally scraped the stuff off decades-old wine barrels.
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