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Charlyn
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Emily Eagan commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Timing for Fall/Winter Crops'
"Can't believe it's already that time of year. Thanks for your post, Charlyn!"
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Timing for Fall/Winter Crops

            Despite Steve Soloman’s recommendation to leave half of Pacific Northwest  garden beds for fall/winter crops, I have always struggled with the timing.  Seeds planted after the Summer solstice never grow well, if they germinate at all. Plants put in later do not thrive; they know that my energy is pulled off, towards the new school year, when September begins. And, if I do get the sowing times correct, there is never a real space for the plants in late July, when they have to be in…See More
Wednesday
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Summer Water

            The Pacific Northwest is defined by our relationship with water; we have two seasons—cool and wet and warm and dry. Settlement is along rivers and our summers are cooled by the sea breeze that sweeps inward in the late afternoons. During wet winters, we may not see the sun or moon for months, but we enjoy hunkering down under the sheltering clouds, walking home in the misty dark. Then, one day, somewhere between Memorial Day and the Forth of July, the rains stop. The clouds break.…See More
Jun 7
Emily Eagan commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Planning for Solar Panels, part one'
"Exciting plans! Thanks for sharing, Charlyn!"
May 11
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Planning for Solar Panels, part one

Planning for the solar panels/greenhouse has begun….I came home last week to find two men sitting in my back yard, contemplating the blue wall. One had a notebook, the other a tape measure. They were discussing building code. We began thinking about solar panels last winter, when we went to a presentation, not because we were…See More
May 10
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Chicken Run

It is official. I am smarter than a chicken.Henny, our scrawny white leghorn, has been escaping from the chicken run for the last few weeks. It was annoying, especially after we closed all of the obvious escape routes, but not that big a deal. After all, chickens just want to be with the flock, so, after a few moments of running around and shouting “Free at last!” she would wander back to the coop and dig through the garden bed next door, waiting for the gate to open for her return. When I…See More
Dec 15, 2014
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Chicken Hug'
"Genius. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see pix of the ladies in it, too!"
Nov 18, 2014
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Chicken Hug

            Our chicken coop is perfect-sized for two chickens. It is five feet by four feet, A framed, sized to perch on garden beds in the winter and under the laurel tree in the summer. However, we often have more than two chickens, because we like to keep the eggs coming, but cannot kill an old hen. We put them out to pasture. This is a problem; the coop that holds two ladies peacefully creates mayhem when there are four, still working out turf battles. For years, we fought with chicken…See More
Nov 16, 2014
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Autumn

In the Willamette Valley, warm dry October afternoons are deeply unsettling. Natives are especially nervous, eying the blue skies like there is something fundamentally wrong with golden sunshine. And then, one day, the clouds roll in, smelling of the sea. Deep grey, they drop the sky down to a more human scale, and then, more come. And more. Soon, they bump up against the Cascades and flow back over the valley. One afternoon, the rains begin. In my north-facing classroom, we look up.…See More
Oct 26, 2014
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Distribute the Surplus

            Distribute the Surplus. It is one of the founding principles of Permaculture. And one of the tasks is to discover these surpluses and where to pass them on, reaching another Principle, which is “The problem is the solution.”  Usually, at this time of year, I am in the middle of one of my favorite Distributions, which is fresh figs from our tree. But this year is a little different. We had a deep cold snap in the valley last winter, and many fig trees died back to the ground and are…See More
Sep 21, 2014
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Lucy and the Apple Press'
"I can't blame Lucy: Getting an up-close look at the process of apple pressing sounds pretty intriguing—not to mention those 14 quarts of apple juice. Thanks so much for sharing this! "
Aug 15, 2014
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Lucy and the Apple Press

            Lucy the Cat enjoys her role as supervisor. She loves to climb ladders, to sit in the driver’s seat of vehicles, to poke at eggs and other fragile objects resting on the table, and to demand attention whenever we have company. This week, she was totally engaged in  apple harvest and pressing. Apple Harvest is a two part project. First, we took our ancient, wobbly wheelbarrow two blocks down the street to an old apple tree in the front yard of a shabby vacant rental that had dropped…See More
Aug 12, 2014
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Posting Post

City Repair. Public Art in private spaces. Little Library.  I’m not sure what you would call it, but we completed our Posting Post this afternoon and it looks pretty fine.       For years, I’ve admired the City Repair Projects in Portland, where neighbors come together and paint the streets, or build a playhouse, or create art out of recycled objects; I’ve even modeled my Honors American Literature final around the idea. Art that you stumble upon while running errands, art that makes your day a…See More
Jan 26, 2014
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Eggs!'
"Mmmm, squash with leek and garlic. Sounds like dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe—and for the tale of two eggs!"
Jan 6, 2014
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Eggs!

            Who designed the chicken molting process? Really, who thought it was a good idea for the flock to lose feathers in November and December, just when the temperature drops? Henny began molting in late November and the yard was strewn with bright white feathers. As soon as she was done, just when the temperature dropped to ten degrees, Gladys started. Black smoke everywhere and she exposed her scrawny legs and neck to the cold. Why?            But Henny is glorious in her fresh…See More
Dec 27, 2013
Jennifer commented on Charlyn's blog post 'Corvallis Radicals'
"Charlyn: What an inspiring day and, with Thanksgiving on the horizon, what a good reminder to be thankful for forward thinkers like these who are leading the way for all of us. A big thanks to you, too, for the split pea recipe. Cooking once and…"
Nov 25, 2013

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Charlyn's Blog

Timing for Fall/Winter Crops

            Despite Steve Soloman’s recommendation to leave half of Pacific Northwest  garden beds for fall/winter crops, I have always struggled with the timing.  Seeds planted after the Summer solstice never grow well, if they germinate at all. Plants put in later do not thrive; they know that my energy is pulled off, towards the new school year, when September begins. And, if I do get the sowing times correct, there is never a real space for the plants in late July, when they have to be…

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Posted on July 29, 2015 at 4:48pm — 1 Comment

Summer Water

            The Pacific Northwest is defined by our relationship with water; we have two seasons—cool and wet and warm and dry. Settlement is along rivers and our summers are cooled by the sea breeze that sweeps inward in the late afternoons. During wet winters, we may not see the sun or moon for months, but we enjoy hunkering down under the sheltering clouds, walking home in the misty dark. Then, one day, somewhere between Memorial Day and the Forth of July, the rains stop. The clouds…

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Posted on June 7, 2015 at 5:21pm

Planning for Solar Panels, part one

Planning for the solar panels/greenhouse has begun….I came home last week to find two men sitting in my back yard, contemplating the blue wall. One had a notebook, the other a tape measure. They were discussing building code.

 

We began thinking about solar panels last winter, when we went to a…

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Posted on May 10, 2015 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

Chicken Run

It is official. I am smarter than a chicken.

Henny, our scrawny white leghorn, has been escaping from the chicken run for the last few weeks. It was annoying, especially after we closed all of the obvious escape routes, but not that big a deal. After all, chickens just want to be with the flock, so, after a few moments of running around and shouting “Free at last!” she would wander back to the coop and dig through the garden bed next door, waiting for the gate to open for her…

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Posted on December 15, 2014 at 12:34am

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At 12:34pm on September 14, 2012, Jennifer said…

Hi, Charlyn. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us, and I hope you’ve already started making your way around the site. You can always find the latest additions to HOMEGROWN at the very top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. No pressure to share anything before you’re ready (or ever—some folks prefer just to browse!), but I hope you begin to feel at home soon.

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