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

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 month 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 month 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 month 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.
2 months 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.

2 months 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?
2 months 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.
2 months ago
Since retiring I have been able to devote somewhat full time to my art - of course there is still 'growies' and cycling - so I'm not sure what full time means.  

But I love that there is an art forum here at permies and I am in awe of the posts here - some truly beautiful work.

So here is one of my favorites.  The Age of Innocence was inspired by two children playing at a local farmers market.  In this world of data, plastics, ipods games and tablets......these two children were completely fascinated with the rocks and dirt and leaves.  They were totally unaware that a large group had formed around them and were taking pictures of them.  

J Jacildone Art for Sale
2 months ago
I used BLURB to self publish a book for my mother.  

For a first timer with absolutely no experience I was happy with the results.  We ended up with a quality product and BLURB allows for total inexperience mode where it guides you every step of the way - to very experienced where you can set up, change, organize however you want.

Expensive product, yes. That is the downside.  However, if I decide to do it again I will use BLURB.  I am thinking about making a catalog of my art.  

2 months ago
"Thank you everyone. Now, I get it. What I have isn't sand. It is, fertile soil in training!"

Great attitude!!

I live in an area called the Sandhills of South Carolina so you can guess what our soil is like.  On a previous property I spent over 10 years converting sand to rich earth with what I think was great success.

I am on a new-to-me property now, all sand of course. Worm holes are the number one tool that I use along with mulching leaves into the lawn for those areas that I mow, piles of wood chips and packing green grass clippings around the base of plants.

For wormholes I do the following:

Dig a hole about three feet deep and one foot in diameter.  Put empty the daily kitchen scraps into the hole and cover with a stone or paver to keep animals out.  Keep filling until it is full cover with a bit of soil and move to another location.  

I have lizards and toads that like to move into my wormholes so I currently have three holes that I am leaving open because I don't want to disturb the two lizards and one toad that have taken up residence.  

Roses, banana plants, apples trees, citrus trees are all planted next to wormholes and doing well.  I think their roots grow into the hole.