What to Eat Don’t Eat

Eat Don't Eat on FacebookMs. SpoolTeacher has started a page on Facebook, Eat Don’t Eat, where she hopes to coagulate all the tornado of advice being whirled at us for what to Eat Don’t Eat? That is the question.

Check it out and give her your 2 sense! (yes she meant to spell it that way).

She has been doing her level best to produce her very own organic food, (formerly known as food) because she lives in an organic food desert.

And being in a literal desert poses lots of great challenges.

Aside from that confusion and continual learning curve, she is very often confused as to what to Eat Don’t Eat in the first place and therefore, what to plant. But she has pretty much concluded that if it can be grown, it should be eaten, save poisonous things and strictly ornamentals. So very many conflicting “facts” and figures.

The two videos at the bottom of this post she found lately. They seem to sum up the gist of it all very well and she encourages you to have a look see. They are great and informative short enough videos. They are also posted on the Eat Don’t Eat page on Facebook.

permaculture gardeningShe very much wants to garden Permaculturally, but she knows that it will be a very gradual process and is willing to go the distance. She found this lady who has some awesome things to say about it. This was the first of her posts Ms. SpoolTeacher read and will continue to stalk her for advice: “Why Permaculture Inspires and Motivates Me”

She also found this video of a man in Quebec, Canada who has it all together: Miracle Farms, a 5-acre commercial permaculture orchard in Southern Quebec…

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture. He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing maintenance. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plus several types of plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Don’t miss this “miracle” of nature (oxymoron?) Nature is in itself a miracle, don’t ya think?

He likes to share his abundance with the insects and animals, (as well as his customers), because they did a lot of the work to accomplish this awesome feat; “They’re working day and night to take care of your orchard for you.”

“Problem with these plums is that you can never eat just one”, he says.

Ms. SpoolTeacher knows that problem well…  Period of Stagnation Period of Stagnation

What’s wrong with what we eat? – MARK BITTMAN

How to live to be 100+ – Dan Buettner
And here’s a great one of how mushrooms are going to save the world. Awesome video. Awesome. Talk about permanent culture…

and if all that doesn’t blow your mind, what about this… “tomato tree”. Is it possible? Is it a perennial tomato? Is there such a thing?tomato tree How could it possibly grow this much in one season?

Leave your 2 sense/cents in the comments below if you will. This SpoolTeacher wants to know. And be sure to visit and like Eat Don’t Eat on Facebook, if you will please. Thank you. (Happy Face)


Gertis The Mertis Turtle

She just looks like one.

Now there are two little ponies following The Gardener around the yard, laying on flowers they aren’t supposed to because they were just watered and the ground is cool there.

The Gardener doesn’t get mad. It’s their world too. They are more important than flowers.

She’s gotten to calling them ponies because they giddy up every time she moves.

“Come on little ponies”, she says.

Gertis The Mertis Turtle came to live with The Gardener and Little Red-Haired Girl in February. She has lived with them before for quite a stint, but this time it is permanent.

Little Red-Haired Girl likes her a lot and defers to her on everything. Except cookies.

When The Gardener comes home from having been gone, Gertis The Mertis Turtle makes an awful ruckus and The Gardener keeps telling her to use her indoor voice, but she can’t seem to contain herself.

Little Red-Haired Girl who used to make the ruckus, now sits behind GTMT making a funny little muffled howling noise.

GTMT makes a funny little howling noise when the telephone rings more than twice; as if to alert that the phone is ringing. Maybe she is singing along. She hasn’t said.


Little Red-Haired Girl likes to lounge on any lump or bump, dirt or piled laundry; a bump is a bump is a bump. The same for lumps.

This is part of the dirt lump/bump scenario…








Last year all that “shake, shake, shake” was in wire fencing composting rounds with beets and tomatoes and carrots growing as they pleased. This year they were let go and sifted to use as mulch to improve the soil for a row of tomato seedlings, Brandywine, Cherry, and Black Krim. Black Krim from seeds saved from last year’s crop. They done good!

spareshelf.blackkrimBest tasting tomato ever. Ever. EVER! Cracks are common, but do not deter from their greatness.



This menagerie of playmates is near making it impossible for Ms. Jackie of All Trades SpoolTeacher/The Gardener to get any real work done! (That and spending hours trying to figure out how to get rid of Yahoo from her search engine keyword url)

Help, Spare Shelf needs a new CEO!