Lucy Gabzdyl

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since Apr 27, 2013
Canet lo Roig, Castellon, Spain: Mediteranean:cool wet winter, warm to hot dry summer
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I have 2 maritime containers and am looking for the simplest and cheapest way to collect rainwater from them.

Is anyone doing it? If so please let me know what has worked for you. Thanks
4 weeks ago
I want to build a rammed earth house below ground using a turkey nest or ring dam construction. Both Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton have said it is the cheapest and
quickest way to build and it´s flood proof and fire proof!
Geoff has built one for a prepper but unfortunately he isn´t in touch. I would love to connect with anyone who has built one as I need expert advice.

If you haven´t come across this type of construction before, the idea is you excavate a trench around the house site which will become your wall, you then excavate
the centre (the house) putting the most appropriate subsoil in the trench which the digger keeps compacting until you reach the desired height. 
You end up with a mainly underground house. You can put windows at the top under the roof, or cut out walls for door and windows.

Ideally, I would love to build one as a workshop to benefit from expert advice and to share the experience with others. It could be filmed.

I´m living on the East coast of Spain in Castellon some 30 km inland.

Would love to hear from you. Thanks
4 weeks ago
Hi Sebastien
Have sent you an email.
Lucy



3 months ago
Hi Sebastien

So sorry to hear about the Xylella Fastidiosa. I had heard that it had landed in Spain from Brazil in your area and have been searching the internet for anyone who has successfully treated it using compost tea. I did find reference to a vineyard in California. I've also watched a lot of Elaine Ingham's videos and she says that with 70 to 100% coverage with compost tea you can beat most diseases, so long as the compost tea has all the biology required.

And she also gives me a lot of hope in that even if you do have to spray with the toxic chemicals, you can recover the biology very quickly if you have access to a quality compost tea. Maybe you have someone in the area that makes it.

I haven't started composting yet, that's next on my list (permaculture certainly is a steep learning curve) but I do have a small amount of worm compost.

Good luck with the food forest, I'm focusing initially on support species and found a great site http://dolcarevolucio.cat/botiga/gb/53-seeds-of-medicinal-plants?id_category=53&n=304 that has some really interesting tree seeds. Although I haven't yet found a source for tagasaste - citisus proliferus a nitrogen fixer native of the Canary Islands. I haven't had much luck raising seeds so far, so fingers crossed!

This year we want to build a rammed earth 'root cellar' food storage and preparation as a ring dam design which seems to be the cheapest and quickest way. It's just too hot or too cold to stay in the caravan (it's very old) and so we are living in the village which is not ideal.

Thank you for your kind invitation, I will let you know when I plan to be in the area. Also, if you have any questions or would like to remain in contact, my mobile number is 654 32 07 35. David has green fingers when it comes to computers and although he hasn't worked specifically with Wordpress, he has designed and set up a number of websites, so do let us know what the problem is, maybe he can help.

There is also a new FB page called living off the grid in Spain run by Sandrine from Belgium who lives just a bit to the north of me in Aragon. She has alpacas!

Good luck with all your projects.
Lucy and David

3 months ago
Hi Sebastien

I'm a couple of hundred kilometres north of you in Canet lo Roig a small village in Castellon (just on the border with Catalunia). woud love to know more about your project - I have a very good friend in Albir so if I visit her I would love to pop in to see your set up. Have you got a website or FB page? My partner and I have been on our property of 1.8 hectares just over a year, it hadn't been worked for over 30 years and all the almond trees had died. But there are still a number of olilve trees but they will need some serious rehabilitation. Focusing on setting up our zone 1 veg patch (I have just completed Geoff Lawton's online PDC but feeling rather overwhelmed). Progress is slow and we hit a layer of caliche about a foot down, luckily only about 5 mm but as we aren't using power tools and don't have a car it's tough going. But sometimes the delays can be a real blessing. We didn't manage to plant any trees last year, a stroke of good luck as with the terrible drought we would have lost them all!

Look forward to hearing from you
Lucy and David
3 months ago
Just remembered... I was lucky enough to hear Donna Eden (Energy Medicine) speak when she came over to Spain for a holiday, what an amaaaazing lady! I was sitting with a couple of her students who shared her story. She had been following a very healthy vegetarian diet but had become allergic to everything!  She was told she would not live, but as she had 2 small children this was not an option for her! She found that the only foods her body would tolerate were things that she had not been eating before, namely meat! There are no right or wrong foods.
4 months ago
Hi Everyone

I hope I'm not duplicating here, I did try to read all the comments and didn't see a mention of the GAPS diet. GUT and Psychology Syndrome talks about the connection between the gut and the brain. Dr Natasha Campbell McBride has even had success with healing bipolar!  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/31/dr-natasha-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps-nutritional-program.aspx. I know that some of her clients have to be on an exclusively animal diet for a year or more, basically until the body says its ready. For me listening to our body is always the most important thing
4 months ago
Hiya

I'm living just next door in Spain, welcome to the new lifestyle

I think that the most important thing to do before you decide what to grow to sell, is to research the market and see what sells in your area. For example we live in a small rural community and people are very unwilling to try anything new. The beautiful sprouting broccoli a neighbour grew was left unsold (except to me!)

Good luck with your new life.

Lucy
1 year ago
Phil

El Pocito looks beautiful!

We are just in the process of buying a small piece of land in Castellon  and hope we can create a paradise like yours (we wanted to stay in Andalucia - we were just outisde Tarifa, but the price of land was outside of our price range). We are currently staying in a small village and are blown away by how welcoming everyone has been.

Good luck with sale and best wishes for the future!

Love and light
Lucy
1 year ago

Aaron Festa wrote:Anyone have a bad experience with mice/voles/moles eating their tubers?



Yep, when I was clearing my sunchoke bed I cam across a rat's nest with baby rat included, in fact it gave me such a shcok before I knew it he was on a way flight to blackberry city! I'm moving shortly and my plan is to gow the sunchokes in a huge container. Also I don't think we will have so many rats as we are moving into the country where it's mainly olive trees, there is less for rats to eat.
2 years ago