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« on: October 15, 2010, 10:16:33 PM »

I am in AWE of this woman! I have been checking out her website a little at a time, as I have time, and WOW...just wow!! See the box on the left of the screen to check it out for yourself.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 12:20:55 AM »

You called it. Pretty awesome, and she puts my cooking/budgeting/housekeeping to shame.  Grin 
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 12:44:43 AM »

I second and third all that. I am too lazy apparently Embarrassed
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 07:59:59 AM »

We are all individuals with diff strengths and weaknesses. Don't compare yourself to anyone! God made us all unique! Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Not saying she isn't all that, but I am sure she can easily identify her own weaknesses, just as we can ours!
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2010, 08:22:11 AM »

You have a point, of course, Carrie.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2010, 01:05:50 PM »

Cool site.
I would love to have a garden, but I could probley kill a fake plant  Roll Eyes
WOW !!! she makes my stockpile look ridiculous. To be honest though, I have no idea where I would put all that stuff. Any extra room in the house is taken up with homeschool stuff  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2010, 01:17:32 PM »

Jen, we did our first real garden this year, in spite my reputation as a plant killer. (Where I live at least,) peppers, okra, and herbs are  difficult to kill, even if you are pretty negligent. We ate homemade salsa all summer long, provided the nieghbors with peppers to pickle,and still had so many peppers we didn't know who to give them to. My son loved picking fresh okra every day, and then going inside and having fried okra for lunch.
Find something that grows well in your area, and give it a shot. Smiley

All our extra space is taken up with books and homeschooling stuff too.
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2010, 01:30:23 PM »

We have NO room for anything. Our house is tiny, the kids share rooms, and we don't have a garage at all, just a carport. I'm wondering how she finds time to homeschool at all! Her bio says she wakes up at 5 am everyday, but still, she does A LOT not even counting the schooling...and she has a LOT of kids!
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2010, 01:45:00 PM »

I have no where to grow a garden but would grow one if I had space to do so.  As for canning, I don't have any extra space in my little 2 bedroom apartment that holds 5 of us.  I used to spend the last couple of weeks of summer canning when I still lived with my mother.  We would spend the first week picking half the garden remains, prepping and canning that, then the second week doing the same for the other half.  We did:

corn (frozen on the cob and canned corn/bean salsa)
pumpkin frozen puree
tomatoes (pickled green, sauce, salsa, whole canned, stewed)
Beans (green and wax, canned and pickled)
carrots (pickled, canned)
cucumbers (pickles)
Zuccinni (pickles, stewed with tomatoes, canned slices)
Peppers (canned, pickled, frozen chopped)
We also made jams/jellies from our fruit trees and canned pie filling and applesauce.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2010, 02:35:52 PM »

I managed to successfully grow rosemary. I have a gigantic bush. Everything else dies.

Any other herbs I can plant and ignore and they thrive without being tended to EVER? lol!
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2010, 02:44:35 PM »

Lavender is self sufficient, as is Basil (if you remember to water it), Thyme is another easy one.  Basically you can grow all 'woody' herbs that is anything that has a branch like stem will grow easily without much if any care.  Be careful though they tend to take over!
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2010, 02:52:41 PM »

I attempted basil once and forgot to water it so it died. Lavendar sounds good though. Does it attract bees or anything though?

I NEVER have to water my rosemary. That is perfect for anyone with the opposite of a green thumb!
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2010, 05:04:47 PM »

I have a big lavendar bush. Totally self sufficient. I haven't noticed bees around it.


And my son's closet is our extra stockpile food pantry! It's ridiculous! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2010, 05:09:20 PM »

Lavender doesn't attract bees anymore than other common plants.  It's not like clover or citrus trees in that bees are drawn too it, but it does flower so you will get bees pollenating it, it's not on their most favorite list though. Wink
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2010, 09:52:54 PM »

And my son's closet is our extra stockpile food pantry! It's ridiculous! Smiley

Thanks for the idea! Our closets are tight as it is, but I'm sure I could do some cleaning out and rearranging.
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