Chrissie Bettencourt

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Thanks Margie! The flower buds are starting to come out now but it looks like the flower is white... I will keep watching it and do some more research. I will also see if I can get the latin name from the person I bought it off of. That should shed some light.
4 years ago
Hi Everyone!

I just recently bought a plant that was labeled "Valerian", but in looking at it, it doesn't look like the normal valerian I used to grow for medicinal purposes (Officianalis). Does anyone know what this one is? (photo attached.)
4 years ago
Thanks Al! I am thinking, due to the pest repellant qualities, wormwood might make a good outside border around the tree. Maybe when the plants get larger I will try my hand at making absinthe. A neighbour up the road makes it and does a fairly good job of it. Would be interesting to learn how! It is legal where I am which helps
5 years ago
Thanks Noah! I wasn't clear on what benefits each plant had in terms of using them in permaculture, this helps!

I have a good number of nutrient accumulators and nitrogen fixers and mulch plants. And shade plants are on their way But this helps me figure out where these particular plants fit in. I will look at the guild again and see where I need some shade so I can plant the wormwood and the lemon grass. The hierba buena I need to think about because it is definitely part of the mint family and there is not a lot of shade right now as the guild is new. I may have to plant it in a larger pot in the shaded part of the patio until I find a good spot for it or until the wormwood at least gets a little bigger to provide some shade

Thanks again!

Chrissie

5 years ago
Hi Everyone!

My name is Chrissie, and am new to this forum. Thank you to all of you for creating such a great source of information! I am also new to permaculture practices and have just read Gaia's Garden. This year I am beginning to incorporate some of the concepts on my property.

I have a number of plants in pots, the ones listed in the subject line, that I am looking to plant, but I am not sure what role they play within permaculture. Which will then help me decide where to put them. I have not been able to find much on them. Can anyone help me out?

Thanks!

Chrissie
5 years ago
Hi Jason,

I would also visit the site. A facebook page might not be a bad idea either
5 years ago
I have to say I am firmly in camp B, I have been peeing outdoors since childhood and have no issues. I much prefer going out doors especially when the indoor bathroom situation is less than optimal. I am not a big fan of public bathrooms I can understand however how many would be annoyed with the sprinkling situation, and squatting if you have bad knees. I was not happy about it either, but over the years I have made some "adjustments" that have helped and made peeing in the outdoors much easier. The first is the whole squat position. You do not necessarily have to completely squat down. I have found that standing with legs wide apart and leaning your torso forward and thrusting your hips/buttocks back (with just a slight bend in the knees) works just as well. Knee problem solved. As for aim, I agree with one of the comments above that "pushing" more will help. But also, and I am not really sure there is any delicate way to say this so I won't bother, it helps if before you pee, you "spread apart" parts of your genitalia with your fingers. As females things tend to get sort of "bunched up" and hence aim issues arise. As for clean up afterwards, I just use mullein leaves. We have a lot of mullein that grows on the property and it makes for excellent natural toilet paper. We have a bidet in the house so it makes it easier to clean up after.
6 years ago