All Growing Up


Just looking to learn and share about growing organically, permaculture and biodynamic gardening. Green living and practices, upcycling and reusing are also big areas of interest, as well as a few fun pictures and jokes.

(also want to add that I am not a vegetarian or vegan, I am a dedicated omnivore. However, I support individual choice and am into a lot of rawvegan diet/recipes/practices)

Questions or Advice: Both needed!!!

A bit ugly and off balance, but I made a couple baskets out of old straws. Learned a lot about how to manipulate the material, so in teh future I should be able to do it better. Thinking of ‘pre-flattening’ the straws to try and make them get tighter in on the weave and not toss the pattern into disarray.

Oh well, good practice!!!

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Didn’t make the quick-cob oven I wanted to due to rain, so my son and I made a ‘TLUD’ stove (Top Lit Up Draft), a gassifier. Burns twigs and gets roaring flame (but don’t forget the plastic on the can like I did!!)

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The jute strip I started with and finished strip from the shoelaces. Attached a key ring to one end and a bottle opener to teh other :)

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Made a ‘french bobbin’ today and started working it with a scrap piece of jute. After that I took 7 old fat shoelaces I’d had laying around and turned it into a ‘rope’ of about 20 inches long. After getting the flow of the technique, I found it pretty addictive. Going to have to try using other twines and scrap fabrics.

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Macrame, weaving, knotting, whatever. Here’s my guitar strap (top) I still use. Made it in 2000. Bottom pic (red and blue) is a dog leash I was making today. Should have it finished this weekend, plan on starting another onion basket after that. Then maybe a hemp bracelet.

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My second Onion basket!! Made in about 3 hours, start to finish, including times of seeting back in water to re-soak. Got the technique down a little better and made a few mods in the process of my own, trying to figure out the different things I can do with this medium. Looking into some natural dyes for coloring, so I hope to share some of those attempts (as well as more basketry) in the future!!

My second Onion basket!! Made in about 3 hours, start to finish, including times of seeting back in water to re-soak. Got the technique down a little better and made a few mods in the process of my own, trying to figure out the different things I can do with this medium. Looking into some natural dyes for coloring, so I hope to share some of those attempts (as well as more basketry) in the future!!

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Well, not a gardening or nature post per se, but in the realm of homesteading and doing things in a ‘green’ fashion, entertainment is a must!! Acoustic guitars are great, and both the boy and the girl wanted them for birthday gifts. She insists she will never outgrow the color pink, even though it was a purple obsession instead just two years ago (but I’ll GLADLY rock a pink guitar if she changes her mind). The boy went with a wood grain look instead of solid color or black.

Hung them up in the corners of their rooms. Now just have to teach them to play!!

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Oyster mushrooms grown froma  kit. Decent yield, I think I diminished the results by peeling back the plastic to spray underneath. Trying the back side now for a 2nd harvest. Will keep trying for sure, these wer yummy in a nice stir fry!

Oyster mushrooms grown froma  kit. Decent yield, I think I diminished the results by peeling back the plastic to spray underneath. Trying the back side now for a 2nd harvest. Will keep trying for sure, these wer yummy in a nice stir fry!

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A Back to the Roots oyster growing kit we got at Whole Foods this weekend. Already soaked and ready for the twice daily mistings. Hopefully we have oyster mushrooms in about 2 weeks.
I fully plan on trying to collect my own spores and use my own used coffee grounds as substrate to grow. If anyone has any tips on any of this, please share!!

A Back to the Roots oyster growing kit we got at Whole Foods this weekend. Already soaked and ready for the twice daily mistings. Hopefully we have oyster mushrooms in about 2 weeks.

I fully plan on trying to collect my own spores and use my own used coffee grounds as substrate to grow. If anyone has any tips on any of this, please share!!

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Using origami to make newspaper boxes for plant starts. Gonna try t out and hopefully grow some (yummy) micro-greens.

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