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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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Recent posts by Jeanine Gurley Jacildone

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!  

2 months 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?
1 year ago
So much to learn from this video!!! Thank you for sharing this.
1 year 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.
1 year 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.  
1 year 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.
1 year ago
For both chickens and horses I found that it is best to leave those things alone.  

I have had horses with malignant tumors that were able to function normally until a ripe old age of 30 something.  

And a vet actually once told a buyer to leave a 'spot' alone and it would be fine.  She started picking at it and it spread to the horse's entire body.

As long as the animal is clean, has a good appetite, and is otherwise vigorous, then I just leave it alone.
1 year ago
I have had that on roosters in the past and it was of no consequence.  HOWEVER,

They can be the result of frostbite, pox, bruising or scratching in underbrush, fighting with other birds, etc.

Best bet is to watch the birds behavior, appetite , excrement, etc.

1 year ago
So what if you don't pay for any supplement?  I am covered by the VA but am planning for my husbands medical.  

If you just get medicare with no supplemental insurance - then what?  Is there anyone that does this?
1 year ago

Madison Woods wrote:This is my latest kestrel. All of the color came from my own paints that I make from local stones and clay. If you’re interested in the paint, I have them listed at my website ( They’re called “Paleo Paints” 😁 The painting is sold.

I am very interested in your paints.  When I was in Cuba recently a children's art program was teaching a technique of painting that used clay, coffee, and dirt.  The paintings were beautiful.  

I like the idea of using the found, recycled, and less toxic resources around me to create art.  I currently have a studio full of oil paints and acrylics but eventually I would like to transition completely to all natural and recycled products.
1 year ago