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Jeanine Gurley Jacildone

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since May 23, 2011
One and a quarter acre.  This year (2012) installing hugelkulture beds and incoroporating all techniques suggested by Bill Mollison for Zone 1.
Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
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Yes Leslie, I live in the Sandhills area of South Carolina. I bury wood and compost all of the time.  Many areas here are pure sand and I find burying organic matter the best way to build a good soil.  If you want to help it along even further add some worms to the hole or trench. 
4 months ago
My best gift to myself ever, the Lightning Pack.

Had to have my scooter hauled into my local Yamaha dealer because I let it sit for over a year (bad scooter mom).

One of the first things he did was whip out this little rectangle thing and start the scooter with it.  I was in total amazement as I had never seen one before.  He said he starts his hunting buddies truck with it all of the time.

I had to have one immediately.  It is part of my emergency kit.  Starts cars, scooters, charges cell phones, computers. Has flashlight and beacon.  Every kind of charging cord comes with it.  I bought mine from my local yamaha dealer but this link is to Home Depot.|THD|google|&mid=sBW7BiWnK|dc_mtid_8903tb925190_pcrid_195274179091_pkw__pmt__product_206079525_slid_&gclid=Cj0KCQiAyZLSBRDpARIsAH66VQIG5EjrCSxsv_WvhdCCl-rOwM9U65BGxrZB7P9Y3q5m2_BU6kKnJzAaAqnJEALw_wcB

5 months ago
Please send me a message and tell me how much your seeds are.  I have no idea how much it costs to mail them from France or if they would make it through customs - but I am certainly interested.
Would like to buy passion flower seeds, specifically Passiflora edulis.

I can search on other sites but I like to try buying from the permies folks first before going elsewhere.

I was told to detox by a traditional (meaning not modern medicine) doctor about 15 years ago.

Modern medicine doctors wanted to put me on lifetime meds, do surgery, etc., etc. for a multitude of problems.

My doctor also warned me that when he said detox he did NOT mean that I should take additional supplements, purge or anything else of the sort.

He said what he meant was to stop putting bad stuff in my body.  He said that the body is naturally set up to heal and detox on it’s own - but it cannot do that when it is constantly trying to heal from a daily barrage of toxins that we put into it.

He told me to drink only clean chemical free water, teas from clean plants (not sprayed or commercially processed), and real food from sources that I can depend on - grown and raised without chemicals or additives of any kind. Stop using antiperspirant, no artificial scents in the house, no fabric softener liquid or sheets, and the list of daily chemicals we use goes on and on.

This was VERY difficult to do but sourcing this food and water is what eventually led me to permaculture. Previously I had never read labels or questioned what each and every ingredient was. 

I initially went on an alkaline diet and the fatigue, joint problems, skin problems and brain fog cleared up in an amazingly short period of time.  Then I gradually included more foods in my diet but continued to ‘eat clean’ for many years.

I have fallen off the clean food wagon for the last 3 years and have paid a ‘heavy’ price; I’ve gained weight, joints are swollen and painful, skin problems are back --- so here I am - getting back on the clean food wagon again.  And it is harder than one would think to ensure that we keep toxins out of our bodies.
6 months ago
In my opinion any herb or other plant that you grow yourself is probably going to be better, more potent, more nutritious than a plant that you purchase at a local mainstream store.

No, it may not be as good as one grown by a local farmer in a permaculture setting, but if you don’t have access to those plants then your potted plants are the next best thing.

I personally have absolutely no talent for growing plants in containers and envy those who do.

6 months ago
I would first make a list of things that you want to eat or use (food and medicine).  Then figure out how many of those things will fit in your space.

For example, in my yard a fig tree will take up too much space for the amount of figs that I might eat.  I am the only person in the house that will eat figs so I will not plant a fig.  Instead I will plant more apples and citrus.  My husband and I will both eat apples and citrus and both of those trees - depending on type - will take up less space than the fig.

I have found that there are many things that grow well but I end up not actually using so there is no point in allowing them to take up my limited space and resources.

7 months ago
I have a few answers on this:

1.  Chickens are great 'cleaners' in the garden beds.

2. Wait until you inbetween an old planting and a new one - they will go in and scratch the hell out of everything, tearing up everything as they go. They can turn a lush patch of green into bare earth in a matter of a couple of days. I have fenced in small areas that were super thick with weeds and put a flock of 10 or 12. They stripped it bare.  I have found chickens to be the most effective tool to clear property - have you ever seen a chicken coop with even the tiniest plant in it? 

3.  I used to turn my loose in an area of well established plants about an hour before sundown because that only gave them enough time to go scratch around the base of the plants and then with dark coming they would head for the coop before they did too much damage to the plants.

4.  Never turn them loose around seedlings or fragile plants - they will be scratched into oblivion.

5.  Their manure, even though it is fresh, is scattered here and there as they wander and I have found that it is a great way to get my beds fertilized with no work at all on my part.  I like the no work part, it is the essence of permaculture  
7 months ago
Great post - I did not know about goats rue until I saw this post so I had to look it up.  Apparently it is used for a lot of things besides breastfeeding.  I have included a link that I found informative - for those, like me, who are just learning about this herb.

I also would like to know more about toxicity before I would consider using it - but it is now on my list to add to my medicinal plant collection.
7 months ago
Burying wood is a great start in my book.

Also, chop and drop is a big soil builder.

I live in the sandhills of SC.  So far I have learned that it takes me about 8 years to get a real transformation if I don't truck in loads of stuff but just use the waste from my own kitchen and yard.

BTW, where do you live?  Frostline vs. no frostline makes a big difference in how you do everything.

In addition to burying wood here are some of my soil building techniques:

Bag green grass lawn clippings.  Pack them thick (3" or more) around the base of plants and along garden paths.  Suppresses weeds, retains moisture, makes plants happy, and after only a short time dirt underneath becomes very loose and black.  A layer of newspaper underneath the clippings is even better as worms love the paper.

Large (250 gallon) wire pen or other container with the bottom cut out.  All kitchen trash goes in.  I don't bother with grinding anything up.  I keep a rake nearby to rake up a few leaves to throw on top of any unsightly or juicy trash.  I don't turn it but will occasionally water it. I also rinse out any milk/yogurt/cream containers and pour this water on the pile.  I will move this pile once a year or so.  I plant things around the outside of the pen.  Right now  I have ginger and turmeric growing around one of them.

After the pen is moved the area underneath is ready for planting.  I'm going to move my biggest one in a couple weeks and plant carrots/turnips/mustard/lettuce.

Plants to enhance soil Mustard, Comfrey, Mullien, clover, buckwheat, any root crops.

I do not currently have animals at this location so once a year I get pig poo from a friend who raises pigs without chemicals and a 50 pound bag of dried quail poo from a local organic quail operation.

If you do not find any worms in your soil you can go out in the woods and dig around for them.  I put them in my new compost pens and then 'harvest' them from the base as they multiply and move them to new areas in my yard.  A little hole with a bit of paper and kitchen trash and a couple of worms and fill hole back with a bit of loose dirt.
7 months ago