My Seed Savers catalog that is. Me and a friend(who demanded I let her look
at it and request one for her too) and my mother kinda drooled on it, and
said friend wants to eventually start a seed-saving community thing in this
area. First purchase from the catalog for me will be that Seed to Seed book.
The plants/seeds shall have to wait til mom and I get the greenhouse built.
This climate it's pretty necessary. But once the greenhouse(s) is/are built,
I am SO ordering tons of stuff(from quite a few nurseries). Especially since
we're gonna be taking care of our overabundance of roosters soon, then put
the hens back in the coop, and the geese in the dog pen(it's got a house
they can use in bad weather), and a kiddie pool for them to play in, and
catch all the bunnies and sell 'em. Then I don't have to worry about my
plants getting eaten by them. Still our dogs and the wild animals too worry
about, like the deer, but I'll cope. :-)
Ain't that catalog great? So is the organization.
The quality of the seeds thay sell is outstanding....always have had
Good on ya for getting Seed to Seed.......it is wonderful.
You mentioned recently that you were in Klamath County. Don't worry,
I'm not trying to locate ya', just talk a bit. ;-)
A friend an I worked for BN many, many years ago in the Columbia River
Gorge, between Stevenson and Wishram, on the WA side.
Every weekend we would go on a trip and head south along the coastal
highway. We always intended to make it to Crater Lake, but were always
sidetracked by one thing or another and never did make it any farther
than Eugene. Met a lot of wonderful folks in the Cascades, many back
to the landers and an assorted bunch of misfits from the sixties and
Guess the point of this is just to tell you, that when I think of what
I always wanted, but never achieved, it lies within your state.
Beautiful country and great people. One of the high points of my life.
Always wanted to make it down to northern CA (lots of you Oregonians,
at the time, called CA residents.....californicators.... easy Billy),
but hell, we always got lost or ran out of steam by then.
Keep on Caring and Thanks for the Memories
haha well I've been Klamath County for 4 years now, and many years ago,
lived for 7 years at least in northern CA, and I wanna go back to Seattle! I
don't think I'll make it though, things keep happening here, good and
bad(good as in making money selling critters/produce/plants/crafts, bad as
in my mother's health is not doing so well). If we could just win the
lottery, we'd keep our property now, and I go back and forth to Seattle as I
please. Because I really do like our place, but it's like an hour from
anywhere decent...which means $20 roundtrip for gas. It adds up...at least
we don't have sales tax! I went back to Seattle for a week to visit family,
and I had totally forgotten there was such a thing as sales tax ;-)
Not to worry Charlie. I'm all in favor of fornication. Heck, if my
parents and been Californicators, it's hard to imagine where I'd be
today. Good for the cardio-vascular system too. Helps keep that spring
in your step;-)
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
hmmm....so fornication is good for the soul. It is said confession is
good for the soul. So...... is confessing fornication good for the
We had sliced chioggia beets on the grill tonite, with a little EVO and
kosher salt.......nearly as good as ....... well you know.
That's right. In fact, if you stop at the outlet malls in Centralia, most
cashiers will ask you if you are a Washington resident before they ring up
your purchase. That is why.
The reason for this exception is to encourage Idaho and Oregon residents
to shop in Washington because so many border Washingtonians shop out of
state. Legally those Washington residents are supposed to fill out an
excise tax form for out-of-state purchases and pay the sales tax, but I've
yet to know of anyone who does it. Ever so often, the agents will stop
someone and make an example of them which has not happened for several
years now so it may be coming soon; who knows.
It always amused me how many Vancouver folks went to Safeway at Jantzen
Beach to buy groceries to save the then 3 or 4 percent sales tax and paid
at least 10 percent more for the groceries - the irony is that they paid
more for their groceries on which there was no sales tax anyway. In
Washington, food and medicine is not taxed; the exception being food eaten
on premises as in restaurants or ready-to-eat take-out food. The sales
tax is intended to be for retail purchase; food is not a retail purchase.
Oddity: Ice is considered a beverage and is subject to sales tax as is
soda pop. Things like toothpaste, tissue, etc., are taxed, but not food
to be prepared off premises.
So, next time you come north, be sure to show your Oregon driver's license
so as not to pay the sales tax on your purchases. There used to be a form
you can get from Olympia for a card to carry (for a fee of course), but
that may be history now. (This is not to be confused with resale
certificates used by business to buy materials/supplies to be re-sold.)
Qualified Nonresident Sales
Sales of tangible personal property for use outside of Washington by
residents of: Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon,
American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S.
Virgin Islands, Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova
Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, and the Yukon Territory.
Tax exempt sales to these residents are at the discretion of the seller.
Note: When making tax exempt sales, the seller must see photo
identification, such as a driver's license, issued by the buyer's state of
residence. The seller must also record certain information. This exemption
only applies to sales of goods which will not be used in Washington. It
does not apply to lodging, restaurant meals, or other sales which involve
consumption in Washington.
Finally starting to grow. Both birdhouse gourds are still in the pots but
to go in the ground in the next few days. Both have two full sets of true
leaves, one is 6 inches tall, the other 4 inches. Both luffa plants have
their second set of true leaves starting, but only an inch or so tall.
One is still in a pot, the other is planted by the chicken house with a
bird cage over it. According to the info I found at
http://www.luffa.info , the luffa plants are quite prolific and will go
wild when they get going, figured it would be shade for the ladies on
those hot August and September days.
I will probably plant one of the birdhouse gourds on the chicken's fence
as it will provide good support (2x4 fence wire).
The other gourd and luffa will go someplace in the garden, but the chicken
yard gets full sun all day and few other places do. All four plants are
incredibly healthy looking so that is a good sign. My repotting soil came
from the chicken house floor (was a former dog kennel with protection on
the walls so had a dirt floor) and was incredibly fertile.
Thanks for asking. Perhaps these gourds will start an inch a day next
week when our temps will be in the 80s and 90s.
Oh we're building our own with materials gathered from here and there. Mom
wants to use glass windows but my research says regular glass windows don't
give the plants quite what they need, fiberglass windows are better, but I
want to use different stuff, it's like a thick white film, made specifically
for greenhouses, lets what the plants need in, keeps cold and other bad shit
out. I also want it a pit style greenhouse(my research also says those are
If you guys have any building skills at all, you can build your
own greenhouses. We built an 8'x10'the other day. It didn't cost
us anything, because the neighbor gave us a couple of sheets of
that fiberglass sheeting that got torn on one edge (she works at the
local lumberyard). We milled all of the lumber on our sawmill. I found
all of the hardware at the dump. (Nails, screws, little joist hangers.
They were in a nice, wooden fishbox that my salad garden is growing in,
as I type, next to my front door.)
My laying hens are still using my other greenhouse. That one is
10'x16'. A hen went broody last month, so I decided to NOT move
everyone out, while Broody was setting. Now that the chicks are
a couple of weeks old, I may build them an official henhouse and
take my old greenhouse back.
We built the new greenhouse because my tomato plants were taking
over my kitchen. I told the SO that either he had to go, or the
'mater plants had to go. A few minutes later, I heard the table saw
fire up -- he was cutting the frame for a new greenhouse : )
PS: We've used reinforced poly for the "skin" on greenhouses with great
success here. We get v. high winds and a big snow load. The reinforced
stuff will last for ~3 years here. It's expensive. It's worth it.
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