24 January 2009

Internet Access.. Help Us "How-To"...

Go here, folks, and leave comments and recommendations in the comments section.

All input is greatly appreciated..

Cygnus

Coffee with the Hermit: I Need Some Help Here...

10 comments:

Misadventurous Mommy said...

Well I have no advice which is nothing new,. but I hope you guys figure it out cause Blogger would be boring without you!

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

And without you... I would not exist.

Thanks for stopping by, M.Mommy! We'll figure it out... And sure, your advise is what it is-- so we'll figure it, Promise..!!!

[Hey, anything for the century'ds HOTTEST LADY...]

Stephanie in AR said...

I pretty much left a blog at Hermit's place. Since you are coming my way into the Ozarks I'd suggest saving any flat areas for gardens. A lot of people take the best flat area & plunk a house in the middle the complain there is no room for a garden. !?! I've been is a couple of houses that are semi-underground. Back is into the hill & sides mostly with front open. Front of this is frontroom & kitchen with bedrooms opening into either (no halls). Keeps it airy feeling, warmer in winter & cooler in summer. My great aunt & uncle self build & paid-as-went. They did this *basement* first and lived in it while the slowly built the upstairs. Eventually they had a bigger house that looks expensive because it has a "walk out basement" lol. I remember as a kid, I loved to go to their house in summer because it was so nice & cool - nobody used AC back then. Just don't put your home on top of a hill (whatever it is) the winds in winter will be cooold.

Don't be surprised if you have more rocks than soil. If this is just a visit you might check to see if anyone has any manure you could get dumped on your potential garden site - comost in place until you get there. I was going to suggest getting a soil test done but the MO extension office charges for their tests (Arkansas does them for free). If it helps here is a link for a newsletter for gardeners & the last page is a gardening calendar with dates different garden tasks. http://ppp.missouri.edu/newsletters/meg/

Make a rough map if you find anything you want to remember, even if it seems as obvious as 'put this there' because once things get to growing the place won'tlook the same. Anyway gotta go.

Stephanie in AR said...

ps if you build part of the house into the hill you will have a built in storm shelter for tornado season & all the comforts of home.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Steph... have seen the "underground homes" and like the passive climate control aspects...
Just e-mailing a friend, too, that the rectangular shape of the property slopes~ 25' from the NW corner down SE corner... Seems like the Gods are smiling...
Thanks so much for the reminder; great newsletter link -- much ass grassy ass as the spanish say for thanks...

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Had my share of rocks living most of my adult life in the Texas hill country-- meaning I know rocky (limestone) soil. Good advice on pre-composting the future garden area... Heard AskJackie @ backwoodshomemag.com just tilled in leaves, picked up free in town over the weekends; tree leaves return up to 80% of the leached nutrients to the soil...
built~ 8" black gold thataway...

Stephanie in AR said...

Yes I wish I had her umption to pick up those bagged leaves but am afraid of what else might be in there.

I didn't know what kind of soil you had worked with before - why did I picture alkaline? At least it won't be a shock. There will prolly be lots of oak leaves & they don't break down very will unless mowed. But you have oaks in TX so that is familiar too. The good thing - for you will be a chance of less bugs. When I moved south I was shocked at how soon the bugs arrived & how many but the Ozarks has got to have less than TX. Well the whole garden thing was harder due to heat, bugs, and different soil. Plains to Mississippi gumbo clay to Ozarks but so far we have soil. Hopefully it will be easier for you - less heat & bugs.

I had started to read & learn about adding powdered rocks (cannot remember the term) to improve micronutrients & such. Too much going on though. Well glad to have helped.

Bullseye said...

Not sure about how you guys are gonna watch tv or if you are. If so I found this link and wanted to share. Battery powered converter box for analog tv.

http://www.solidsignal.com/prod_display.asp?PROD=RC-DT09A

Just something for ya to think about.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Thanks Bullseye; I'll leave the tv etc up to Uncle. until come Stanley Cup Playoff time (usually mar-apr).

I'll pass the link on to him, if you ain't already.

Cygnus MacLlyr said...

Steph, yes 'um, we got bugs... a good reason to keep free-range chicks-- aside from the egg benefit, they're good pest control.
Less insects will be nice.
What is the snail prob like that way?
Sure you know the leaves, esp the oak, are 1/3 of the compost pile. Another third is grass clippings, and the final 33.33repeated per penny is soil-- old potting, coffee grounds/other organic bio-materials.
Keep slightly damp, turn occasionally...