Jeanine Gurley Jacildone

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since May 23, 2011
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One and a quarter acre. This year (2012) installing hugelkulture beds and incoroporating all techniques suggested by Bill Mollison for Zone 1.
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Recent posts by Jeanine Gurley Jacildone

I am trying to find a source for Black Bamboo.

I see lots of sources for seeds but I am not convinced that this is the optimal way to start black bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra )

If this is not the proper forum I would appreciate any suggestions to other forums that can help.  Thank you.
4 years ago
Thanks for all of the responses.  So far I see that people are using dirt to grow sunflower microgreens and I haven't seen anyone sprouting sunflowers with just water in sprouting jars.  Maybe that means that it is not done for a reason.  I'm still searching on that issue.  I do not want to use dirt as it is just not convenient for my situation.
4 years ago
Can I sprout sunflowers that I buy in bulk from the local feed and seed store?  Those sunflowers are for planting for wildlife and feeding birds.

I have seen them used to plant in dirt for microgreens but I am sprouting in jars with no soil.

Any info on sprouting sunflowers would be appreciated.

I am unsure of the proper forum for this, sorry.
4 years ago
I've been a away for quite some time.  Can anyone tell me if there is a specific forum for sprouting, or best place to post a question?  There are .....ALOT.....of forums here now :-)
4 years ago
Can I use lard and tallow in the same recipe for soap?

Anyone have a favorite 'easy' beginner recipe for bar soap that lathers well?

It has been over 30 years since I have made soap so I'm feeling very much like a beginner here!  

4 years ago
I ordered a 10x20 abba greenhouse.  I had one about 10 years ago and that same greenhouse is still performing like a champ (gave it up in a divorce).

I want another one so I ordered it and the shipping company (Pilot shipping) botched the delivery twice.  In the meantime I am reading more reviews and it appears that there are a GREAT MANY bad reviews with in the ltwo years  Including pictures of deteriorating fabric etc. I am concerned that possibly the product is not as good as it once was.

Can anyone recommend a good, durable, greenhouse kit to purchase?   I want plastic film as I feel that it stands up to our winds better than plastic panels.

And..... has anyone bought the abba brand in the last couple of years?  If so how is it holding up?
5 years ago
So much to learn from this video!!! Thank you for sharing this.
5 years ago
My motto has always been “what you don’t spend you don’t have to earn”.

I always buy homes in what many people consider ‘undesirable’ areas.  Under NO circumstances will I buy where there is a homeowners association.  My mortgages are always less than $500 a month.  My current house is in town within walking distance to grocery, credit union, restaurants, etc.

So many people say it can’t be done but I’ve been doing it, in town and in the country for 30 years.

I retired two years ago and couldn’t possibly be happier.  If I HAVE to get a job I can walk up the street and work as a cashier somewhere but my basic needs are taken care of.

I must add, though, that this retirement required me to do jobs of drudgery that a lot of my friends say they just cannot do.  My answer is “you gotta pay to play”.  20 years of doing jobs that others wouldn’t touch gives me the freedom to laze about the house and travel now at 58 years old.

I am currently teaching myself French (second language is on bucket list), establishing my second Urban Permaculture Demonstration garden, riding my bicycles, creating art, and traveling.  Next country on my list is France.
5 years ago
Could you use some sort of small screen material instead of plastic?  

This would allow air circulation while keeping the animals away from the base of the plant.

I have put old screens around plants in the past in an attempt to keep pests away -- but in my case they just burrowed underground.

My solution was to create snake habitats and invite a local herpetologist to drop off any nonvenomous snakes that needed a new home.

This seemed to bring my rodent problem to a screeching halt.  
5 years ago
I am currently freezing my supply of fresh turmeric but as my harvest grows larger I would prefer not to depend on my freezer.

Does anyone else have experience with storing a years supply of fresh turmeric?  

Please share the methods that have been successful for you.
5 years ago