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Helen Gilson

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since Nov 20, 2012
Zone 6 Ohio but interested in Zone 6 Southwest
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Recent posts by Helen Gilson

Peter I love the paver idea!  I'm going to try using it this spring, I have the pavers already and was wondering what to do with them.  Of course I'm in Ohio, not Arizona yet but I like trying different things from this board.  I tried a hugelkultur mound one summer maybe I can combine them this year.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
6 months ago
Cyndie, You are an inspiration! Please post pictures of your place and projects!

-Helen
3 years ago
My seed order came in today! They are fast shipping, packed well. Everything dated and in re-sealable, airtight packs. Spent less on 5 mixed collections than I would have on the few things I would normally have ordered.

I highly recommend Native Seeds if anyone else hasn't ordered yet!
3 years ago
We truly are blessed to live in such a diverse and beautiful land
3 years ago
Wow Brad, beautiful! What elevation is that?
3 years ago
Hi Kevin, I would love to try the walipini that grows food over the tilapia pond. We have an in-ground pool in our back yard here in Ohio and I've teased my husband that I'm turning it into a CEEment pond like Granny Clampett lol

I'm fortunate to live near a good sized hydroponics store. I may go for a visit, it's been a couple of years since I was there.
3 years ago
Very pretty! Thanks for sharing Wayne
3 years ago
LOL Kevin! I have been known to 'plate' a few for the early Robins in the spring. Fortunately my husband loves me and doesn't put me away for being silly like this
3 years ago
We are planning to retire in the same area of the country, maybe a little lower in elevation. I'm soaking in all the knowledge, reading, researching, and experimenting while I can now. I've thought the same questions though, how do you know what to do first? With urban property, I've always heard, "don't do anything with your landscaping for at least a full rotation of seasons to learn the plants and water behaviors" - Does this conventional wisdom apply to large tracts of desert as well? It seems like it would. How can you decide where to build if you don't know where the flash floods are, for example. If you don't build or change for a year, what do you do for that first year while you are observing? Map the topo of the land? How much does it change in a year?

I've also heard of large tracts in that area that have sink holes from mining. How do you survey for that?! What do you look for when you are buying? So many questions!?!

Helen
3 years ago
I've had one of those 4 tray worm condo towers for years now. Love it! I keep it in the basement, it's clean, doesn't smell, they process kitchen scraps into worm tea and a dark rich clean compost.

Every winter I cut back a little on how often I was feeding them because I read in numerous places they are less active when it cools down. The basement gets pretty cold in the winter, so I figured that applied. I usually drop some extra bedding in but less food during colder months.

This year, I ran out of bedding so just layered some extra newspaper on top for the heat. Well the worms were happy with that, started partying and becoming amorous so now I have a population explosion in mid winter. I can't feed them fast enough. They are creating their own heat! LOL Instead of looking for them in bedding, there are tons of them everywhere, all balled up and between layers of paper. Talk about taking over the world!

Reading about this permaculture stuff is great, experiencing and observing first hand is much more fun!

Helen
3 years ago