Jane Southall

+ Follow
since Aug 09, 2017
Single mother with 5 children.  Homeschooling.  Just beginning with permaculture.  Special interests, wild foods and plants as medicine.
Limestone, TN
Apples and Likes
Apples
Total received
2
In last 30 days
0
Total given
0
Likes
Total received
44
Received in last 30 days
0
Total given
280
Given in last 30 days
0
Forums and Threads
Scavenger Hunt
expand First Scavenger Hunt

Recent posts by Jane Southall

I have no idea where to put this.  Yet, I had an epiphany of sorts, today.  I was out working in what is slowly becoming a food forest.  I was cutting grass by hand, to give some room for the  wild asters to seed.  I had just pruned a cedar, with wet feet.   I had my piles of materials.  My grass and my tree limbs.  And I thought I have everything I need.  I don't ever need to buy soil or mulch.  Everything I need is right here and if managed properly, always will be.  As I was walking back in house, my oldest said "mom come look at this!".  I looked at her phone and there were images of an emaciated bear that had been spotted multiple times, in a neighboring town.  Knocked the wind right out of my sails... And I thought almost in tears, this ecosystem is about more than my little acre.  That hungry bear 15 miles away is connected to my acre.  And here comes the epiphany part.  45 acres of farmland is for sale across the street.  And it is expensive, very.  300,000.  Yet, still I am dreaming.  But my dreams have been about what we could do.  Bed and breakfast, rental cabins etc.  But what if I bought the land somehow, primarily for a wildlife preserve.  Use a few acres to grow our grains and other crops we would like to sell.  What if we made the rest a wildlife area.  What if we made a huge food forest with predominantly native and naturalized species.  I know there are rules and regulations for such things.  But I am dreaming, now.  And what if every county in the United States and what regions in other countries did this.  Just thoughts.  Thank you, for letting me think out loud, here.  Love this community. I have learned a great deal in two weeks.  I am grateful.
1 year ago
So I can use the filters in link to make rain water drinkable? Thank you.  Was just looking for something simple and inexpensive.
1 year ago
Great idea Todd, on brewery.  Thank you!
1 year ago
I have a 1100 square foot roof.  4 downspouts.  We are designated as rainforest.  I have a problem area of bogginess.  The front yard is large gentle bowl.  If I had rain barrels for the two downspouts,  in the vicinity?  Would this help at all?  I have smartweed everywhere which is helping.  Have some native shrubs lined up which can handle wet.  I want to believe rain barrels will mitigate.  And I know I can connect barrels and maximize.  Yet, looking at budget wise now, two 65 gallon barrels
1 year ago
No below 40 and not likely to produce fruit unless in similar climate.  Sadness...
1 year ago
You have made me want to research the allspice proper.  I think I will!
1 year ago
As was stated, everything in moderation.  I will research on the potassium bit.  As I am curious.  I use in my water.  Yet, I don't think I consume more than a tablespoon a day.  
1 year ago
I am doing no till with straw mulch for annual garden.  I am harvesting my own straw so no pesticide concerns.  I have had no slug problems.  I have violet, white and red clover, dandelion etc in borders.  Which maybe why I have no slug problems.  Following this.
1 year ago
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/peat-lands-and-greenhouse-gasses/

I need to research these heaters, though.  I know very little, honestly.
1 year ago