This is my third year gardening with permaculture method. As my land is small, I try to be creative with its usage, and polyculture (simultaneous cultivation of several crops) is perfect for it. Despite the cool summer we've been having here in South Dakota, most of my crops are thriving. I just love the sense of ethical living that gardening gives me. The best reward of the time-consuming work is, of course, to live mostly off my garden with no worry over consuming pesticides. Today's lunch will be Indian dal served with freshly harvested potatoes. Yummy!!!
Today I made a clay extruder following a how-to video on Ceramic Arts Daily. As I already had a caulk gun, it cost me less than $5 to make 3 sets of a 8" pipe and a test-cap die. I modified one of the test caps, so that I could insert dies I already had. It was very easy to make. As long as clay is soft it works well.
If you're making one here in Rapid City, only Lowe's carried the particular test caps I was looking for.
Here is how my niece Hoho looks now at Sweet 17. Gary and Bjo Shreirer made a sheet of rice crispy bars specially for her and asked me to hand it to her in Japan. The first video is from Hoho to Gary and Bjo when she received the gift. (Sorry, I did not want to spend too much time editing the clip.)
Hoho is a senior at Osaka High School of Music, training to become an idol. In the following film, you will see her soaring to the height of her dream. It may be a very impractical field, but it is obvious she is enjoying her youth to the fullest.
Keiko Sakakabara's life has never been easy. The 66-year-old retired ranch hand looks forlorn, without a family or a steady income, in this country. Yet, her heart is definitely not lonely. In my last visit to her, I felt reassured that she would manage no matter what. Her simple happiness lies in the circle of friends she has nurtured in the Nebraska Sandhills, in the abundance of garden vegetables, and in her indestructible faith in God's love.
Redesigning my yard using permaculture methods is time-consuming and backbreaking, but it makes me feel good that my little property is becoming friendlier to the earth. This year I made a soil swale - a water reservoir that is supposed to keep rain water in the ground.
When I acquired this property 12 years ago, I wanted to make a Japanese garden, but I postponed the project indefinitely. As I assumed that maintaining a Japanese garden in the dry climate of South Dakota would consume lots of water, I just could not bring myself to do it. When permaculture gardening was introduced to me a few years ago, however, I felt the calling. My progress is extremely slow, but in 10 years I envision to have a little oasis with lots of edible plants.
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