Pam Marshall

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Hope you sell bunches more!!! I would even like wrapping paper made from them for the holidays. My niece has Indian heritage. I would like the wrapping paper to draw her attention to the HUSP card. The cards are some of the best quality! Hope you have lots of success with them! There could even be a short story or game highlighting or focusing on more details on them...for next year promo maybe...

RMH...kiln, portable, etc.
Great teaser video and progress post! Happy Thanksgiving back to Wheaton Labs. Better Thanksgiving enjoying the progress and hope of RMH progress, development. YAY!
3 years ago
Hope gappers and ants community takes a turn for the better. Community can become the most rewarding part of anything, but the hardest too. The best that I can come up with when working with conflict is to work from my strengths. When I am not feeling strong I like to withdraw so I can make sure I understand and to contribute my best. When I return refreshed and working in strength problems are not magnified, but solutions are. So.....whether it be gappers or ants or ... gapper ants or deep or shallow roots I support the gapper concept of goofy about permaculture. Our strengths of goofy about permaculture will get us through this and more. Blessings and encouragement and insight thoughts coming your way folks.
3 years ago
Fun! Found the needle and the names on the electronic copy of the cards! Now I have them wherever I am with my kindle. Easier to read, share, enjoy! Yay!
3 years ago
Good to hear progress about accepting gappers. I am still taking workshops, practicing new skills. Hoping that as I gain and master more skills to visit as a successful gapper, eventually. Thanks. Pam
4 years ago
Pictures are great. I have come to think of pigs with terms of endearment. The look cute. Sort of look like dogs with all that fur. You and Jocelyn look so happy!!!
4 years ago
I am having water problems with my property too. Have heard from plumbers and landscapers, but believe the solution should be a permaculture one. I do ok until we get a lot of storm water. My next door neighbour drained and joined his sump pump onto our property to drain his water on our side of the drainage ditch. He moved shortly after doing this. Our new next door neighbours home flooded the day they moved in. Want to get the new neighbours sump pump dump off our property. The ditch they and my neighbours are dumping into is backing up into our driveway, then garage, then basement occasionally. Anytime is too often though. Before our neighbour redirected his water we had flood issues less often and less severe, in the same sequence.

If permaculture can be used to change a desert I want to learn how it can change a damaged suburban area from a stormwater flood area.

Amsterdam is built below sea level, but liveable. I don't live in Amsterdam, but feel like it when there is a storm.

We have lots of clay. I don't want a garden built on clay to wash away and clog the storm ditches. Am thinking of cutting down a maple tree privacy hedge. Maybe by cutting a deep ditch next to the drainage ditch and filling with hugelkulture berm to keep the storm water in the drainage ditch. By digging deep I could still get a full size berm without having it too high that my neighbours would complain to hoa.

Also have water from our property that drains to the stormwater ditch. I don't want the berm to prevent water from our property from draining. Am thinking that the water draining from our property should be treated as grey water. I don't know what was do e to it before it flowed onto our small .7 acre. My permaculture playing card on Greywater says, "clay-lined catchment is more natural and healthy to the plants and other creatures." It also says "You can clean the wAter faster by growing by growing a variety of water cleansing plants." Further the card presents how positive my water is even though I am frustrated when I have too much of it at one time. "Wicking beds become habitat for frogs and a source of drinking water for birds, bees, and other beneficial creatures. Without water, your system is incomplete." All of the quoted text comes from Paul Wheaton's Permaculture Playing Card, the 10 of Hearts.

Am not sure if I have too much water for this to work. It will work during non storm times, I think. When I try to explain this to non-permaculture folks they typically say it won't work. I am not sure what plants to use. I want plants that will absorb a lot of water. Often plants are recommended because they make dry, desert like a r was moist. I want to do the opposite. Sometimes when wet season is over the area dry some, but irises I've planted there have never dried out.

After I've improved the property I want to sell and buy land that would provide more control of swale sizes. Need to fix to improve it before I can move.
4 years ago
I love the cards! It is easier to share these with others than the podcasts. Just to get one person thinking about one card like Dean Pain's energy from compost. Who would have thought that dead branches could be so useful? Fun to share with others. Still get some responses that are negative, but they are fun to read, consider and share with anyone and everyone I can find who will listen.
4 years ago
It is one of my favourites on the permaculture playing cards. It is listed as an incredibly versatile plant. Decongestant, expectant, ear ache remedy, bow fire starter, nutrient accumulator, soil moisturizer, soil loosener, torch, toilet paper. How can one plant do so much? Good to see photos. It is so beautiful too. Incredible chemistry and mechanics built into this plant!!! It seems fuzzy like my lambs ear in my garden. Wonder if lambs ear and cowboy tp are related.
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Just did more research on this Wikipedia. Wikipedia says it is called lamb's ear too. I have lamb's ear though. Wikipedia has a different Latin name for lamb's ear: starchy Byzantine. Mine has purple flowers. I have found it to be prolific. It is multiplying every where in our yard. The soft fuzzy leaves are fun to pet. It is incredible to have a pettable plant. I still think they are related, but have not found anything definitive, yet. Mullen appears to be much more uses than the lamb's ear I have. Mine is good for fighting staph infection. It is also called boy scout to. Might test it to see what other uses I can get from it.
4 years ago