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Cultivate Simple 4: Back To Ohio

October 29th, 2012

This week we chat with Hannah & Heidi about what it is like to be nieces of the Morrises. We also discuss our roots and how we became gardeners and bloggers.

Full Interview with Hannah & Heidi (unedited):

Blog posts mentioned:

The Mixed Herbal Lawn

Book of the Week


Would you be interested in Susy writing some eBooks as a way to support the blog? What topics would you like to see and how much would you pay? Let us know in the comments.

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25 Comments to “Cultivate Simple 4: Back To Ohio”
  1. sandie morgan on October 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

    would love an ebook of your homemade cleaning products : )

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  2. Deb on October 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Very nice interview. Please tell the girls they did a good job.

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  3. Mich on October 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Another enjoyable podcast…this week I listened to it whilst picking up walnuts & walking the dog!
    Your nieces were really cute :) I find it interesting that alot of children in the US are home schooled, it really isnt all that common here in the UK.

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  4. Joan on October 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I probably wouldn’t buy an ebook – something I could hold in my hands though, YES. Nothing beats a real book with real pages that I turn. The few times I’ve bought ebooks I’ve been very disappointed – they are just missing that tactile dimension. And, most of my reading is done laying in bed before I go to sleep, and I’ve found (like you I think) that the light from an e-reader is not conducive to falling asleep. Nonetheless, I’d love to read a book you wrote Susy!

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  5. Megan on October 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Love listening to the pod cast on my way to/from work. I live in northern ohio and we are feeling the effects of the storm with high winds and flooding! I have a large garden and raise beef cattle and started raising chickens for meat and eggs.
    I have been trying to cook more from the foods I grow with less dependence on processed foods. I still tend to fall into my old habits with cooking since I don’t have much experience with cooking with the freshest ingredients. I also have 3 young children so it easy to just throw something in the microwave.
    I would love to read an e-book about cooking fresh from the garden. Maybe some sampling of recipes throughout the season or focus on a type of vegetable with how to plant, raise, harvest, store and some suggestions of how to cook them?
    I really enjoyed the podcast about debt, it has inspired us to really cut back on our spending. I have the Total Money Makeover on hold at the library and look forward to picking it up tomorrow.
    Keep up the great work, I always look forward to reading your blog!

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  6. Josie on October 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Will you please share which photo software you like? The daughter is taking a photography class and a tool to tag and save her journey to becomming a savy little photographer would be great. Ebook…hmmm maybe? I think Suzy absolutely has a point of view and knowledge on topics I would enjoy reading about, however I love her photos and I don’t know if these can be incorporated into an ebook? If so I think it would be brilliant.
    The pod cast is has very quickly become a weekly event I look forward to listening to with a cup of tea. Well done both of you!

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    • Susy on November 4, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Yes, photos will be incorporated into e-books. I find them to be very valuable, especially for visually illustrating what I’m talking about or explaining.

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  7. Heidi on October 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I’d really like to see an e book on how you attack debt reduction, working from home, creating the life you wanted, etc.

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  8. Misti on October 29, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I haven’t made it through the whole podcast yet so I will likely have more comments, but I’m wondering if anyone else is having problems with the volume? I don’t think it is my computer as I can hear other things quite well, but if I move away from my computer to do things around the house I can barely hear y’all. Maybe it is the the volume at which are you recording? Is that something y’all can change or experiment with?

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    • Mich on October 30, 2012 at 4:15 am

      I haven’t had any problems with the volume, I download/ listen with my iPod.

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    • Megan on October 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

      I listen with my i-pod in my car or on my i-pod dock. I also have experienced problems with the sound. I have to have the i-pod all the way up and the volume in my car almost all the way up. I can’t listen at the computer unless I am sitting right next to it.

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    • Mr. Chiots on October 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for letting us know. I will look into it and crank it up to 11!

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      • Mary S. on October 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

        I had volume issues, too, but found I could raise the podcast volume on the computer (in the band area that you click to listen) and raise the volume on my computer too.

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  9. Rusti on October 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I would definitely buy an ebook. The cost for me would depend on the topic, and how in depth you got. I would pay $5-$10 for an ebook. As far as topics I love all topics farming/gardening whatever! I’m assuming these ebooks would be like the little Storey’s Bulletin’s that they put out.

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  10. Melanie A. on October 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I’m like Joan, prefer “real” books to Ebooks, but given my appreciation for the blog and now the podcasts, if Susy writes an Ebook, I will definitely purchase! I’d really love a Susy book on cooking fresh from the garden.

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    • Susy on November 4, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Funny thing is that I prefer real books to e-books too. Perhaps eventually a real book that’s a compilation of all the e-books.

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  11. Laurie on October 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    My advice would be to write a memoir about your adventure of moving to Maine. Intersplice the memoir with practical how-to advice and recipes and photos. Even though there are a few “simple living” memoirs out there in print and electronic form, I can’t seem to read enough of them!

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  12. Katie on October 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I would buy your ebooks for sure. I would love short, topical books that discuss things like strawberries, planting garlic, asparagus, etc. I love your blog but and ebook would provide more depth on topics I am not very knowledgeable about. Most ebooks that are short I pay anywhere from .99 to 3.99 for them. You could offer them in PDF for those that want a hard copy.

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    • Mr. Chiots on October 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Katie, This is exactly what we are thinking about. Thanks for the feedback.

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  13. Jessica on October 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I agree with Katie (above). Short, topical e-books, each with a pretty narrow scope would be excellent. .99 to 3.99 sounds about right to me – if you did something longer and broader I’d probably pay up to 10, depending on the depth, but for what it sounds like you’re planning to do, the lower price seems fair.

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  14. Kiskin on November 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I had trouble downloading the last podcast both to my iPhone as well as my iPad, all the previous ones downloaded without problems.
    I am a “real” book lover as well and have been very dissapointed with e-books I have purchased. If you plan to publish e-books, does that mean that you will be limiting the content of topics and great advice on your blog? That would be really sad… Anyway, depending on a tpoic, I would probably buy an ebook written and photographed by Suzy (for a reasonable price).
    As to weeds in the garden – my true enemy is ground elder – it is virtually impossible to get rid of. Any ideas?
    I would like to know more about raw food you are feeding Lucy, I have been planning a transition from kibble to normal food for my dog and was just about to search for more information on it online.

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    • Mr. Chiots on November 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Did you eventually get the podcast downloaded? What was the problem?

      No, the ebooks would not change the blog. In fact, a good portion would be pulled from the archives of the blog, edited, and published. With over 4 years of posts there is a lot of material.

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      • Kiskin on November 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

        Hello, Mr. Chiots, sorry, just read your response now.
        Yes after some considerable waiting time and 2 or 3 tries I managed to download the podcast in question.

        Glad to hear about your plans concerning e-books and looking forward to the first one.

        And thank you for answering my question about ground elder in podcast no 5! By the looks of it, there will be a long and tedious battle ahead…

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  15. whit on November 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Playing catch up with the podcasts…this one is too adorable! You both are blessed with such sweet nieces. With such moxie too!

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    • Susy on November 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

      They are very sweet little girls, but we are partial!

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