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Cultivate Simple 40: Stew 3.0

July 29th, 2013

This week we’re answering reader questions and give an update about what’s going on around the run.

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10 Comments to “Cultivate Simple 40: Stew 3.0”
  1. Allison on July 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Suggestion for future topic: How you two started down the path of this wholistic living type lifestyle. You have mentioned previously on the podcast that living a more conscientious lifestyle has been more of a focus since you both hit your 30’s and I think it would be interesting to know what some of the first steps you took were, what you’re long-term plan was and how it evolved, how your ideals and theories on nutrition and lifestyle have changed over time, etc. Something of your wholistic-living origin story.
    Just a thought!

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  2. DebbieB on July 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for answering my question about the Amazon affiliate link. As long as I’m shopping on Amazon anyway, it’s nice to be able to throw a few pennies in your direction!

    About the squash bugs – I don’t have those, but I definitely had squash vine borers that killed my zucchini and summer squash plants. I found a video that was very helpful in identifying the infestation and removing it, but also gave good tips for healing the plant afterward. It’s too late for my summer crop, but I’m planning a fall crop (starting seeds this week), so now I know what to look for and what to do about it! Here’s the video link:

    We have a bird feeder in the yard, and my husband fills it up every afternoon because the birds empty it that fast. They toss all the seeds out onto the patio, then there is a bird feast. We sometimes have 30-40 birds at once on our patio, eating seeds and jostling for position. Because we’ve attracted them to our yard, they also spend a lot of time in the garden picking at bugs. Thanks, birds! When our indoor cats go outside to play, you can see the birds fly up onto the power lines in long rows and sit there scolding the cats. :)

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  3. Misti on July 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I think you should do more interviews or maybe even book reviews. Even if you have to Skype in folks for interviews….you could even interview blog readers! ;)

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  4. Lisa Sewell on July 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I would be interested to hear more about meal planning and planning in general for the winter…as far as food preservation and preparation goes. Each year we try to put more food in the freezer and on the cellar shelves but I’m always looking for inspiration.

    Also, every now and then you mention a company that you purchase goods from. I would really appreciate hearing/reading more about these companies…especially any little local gems you’ve discovered since moving to Maine.

    Thank you for all you do!

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  5. Misti on July 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I meant to add earlier in regards to the search for the AT hiker, it is all over the AT community right now. I’m getting FB and Twitter posts about it from all sorts of groups. I recall that area being pretty remote and rugged near Rangeley.

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  6. Mary Schier on July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Great podcast! I agree with Brian about taking a break from Facebook. I’ve done it from time to time and always feel refreshed getting away from the chatter. I also occasionally take a day or a weekend off from the internet entirely. You get more done that way!

    Thanks Susy for the book recommendation, “Managing Your Day-to-Day.” I bought the book (using the affiliate link) last time you mentioned it and it is a fantastic guide for anyone who is self-employed or works in a creative profession. For another topic, I agree that menu and meal planning would be a good one. Also, how you put your garden to bed for the winter might be a good fall topic.

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  7. Melissa on July 31, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Great podcast! Thanks for answering my question! I had forgotten I asked it!

    Do you have any good suggestions on types of chickens that are good foragers? I’m looking to get a small flock (3-5) soon but I want birds that will find a decent amount of their own food.

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  8. PennyAshevilleNC on August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I felt famous when I heard my name on the radio, isn’t that funny?

    I would like to learn more about how you transition your garden and what signs you look for that it is time to put the fall plants in/winter/ spring, etc.

    Do you add new transplants as you pull out spent plants or do you do so in a more decided time frame?

    Thanks for all you two do!

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  9. Colleen on August 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    As far as ideas for future topics, I agree with some of the other comments. Book reviews, fall/ winter gardening and how to rotate from summer to fall/winter to spring. ABC’s of composting how to. I always enjoy your recipes and would like to hear about your bread baking. It’s always fun to hear about what is going on “around the run”. Other topics, that you have spoke on before, that have to do with starting and maintaining a small/home business.

    I think the two of you are doing an excellent job, you always have interesting topics and give me things to think about and encourage me to consider trying.

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  10. Elyse on August 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Oops, never commented on this podcast! Very enjoyable, as always. Once finished, I went right back and listened to #15 on Stocking the Larder – which inspired me to make some sauerkraut.

    Lots of good topic ideas above! One question I’ve been pondering lately – and I’m afraid of the answer! – do you believe it’s possible for people to have the dreaded “black thumb” or are those failed gardeners just not trying hard enough?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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