This is a great topic that I have experience often.
Quite by accident, I discovered Clove Bud Essential Oil.
This natural product not only kills black mold, but also the spores!!! I did research, and it's true.
I sit on my porch often, and the porch side of the house faces North. Very little sun in summer, a few hours at most, and no sun beginning in the fall and winter. I also live in SE Pennsylvania and it is a high humidity zone.
Snow would accumulate on the ply wood which isn't graded correctly, so when it the snow melts, or rain happens, it just puddles on the edge. This also happens on the edge of the tin siding....it's a condo community, so if I mention black mold, they are going to tackle it with toxic goo.
I am sensitive to black mold, and hated the smell, so when the snow began to melt, and the black mold smell was intolerable, I grabbed a little bottle of Clove Bud Essential Oil and dripped several drops into the melting water (small porch) . The clove oil sure smells better than the mold! After about 10 minutes, I wanted to sweep off the snow to avoid pudding, low and behold! The black mold lifted right off! Easy as Pie!!! That's when I ran to my computer to research it more, as I am an Aromatherapist. Wow! It won't harm my out door plants, it is not toxic to humans.
I place it full strength on the plywood to let it seep in for 10 Minutes and sweep around to get all the effected areas, then rinse off.
I cleaned my whole porch with a small bucket of water, a solution of 2oz 7th Generation Laundry detergent, to 30-40 drops of Clove Bud Essential Oil (mix that together first before putting in water) omigawd! No mold, spores, or bad smells!!!
I put a few drop in my dish detergent for dishes, a drop or two in the washer for anything smelly, and it smells like the Holidays.
It is NOT expensive, and a little goes a long way.
Clove Bud is a strong smelling oil, and the scent will linger for a little while, but it doesn't bother me, and I have had no problems with it. Use sensibly.
Thank you Redhawk. I don't think the condo association is open to this wonderful option. One year I picked up some Bio Dynamic compost, and chicken dropping to prep the bed for the next growing season, and my mom was worried that people would complain about the smell. To me, there was no smell! Only perfection.
Rebecca, I totally get it! I live with my oldest daughter and 14 yr old granddaughter, and it's my daughter's condo...thankfully it's 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms!!!
I would definitely love to have us in seperate houses, and it would be great if she found a partner who loves the homesteading life too. (My granddaughter's father died three years ago)
My daughter is almost ready to do it, but, she is teetering on the fence.
I do have many relatives in New England , and some are great builders and excavators...so I have that covered.
Perhaps I 'll give them a shout about possible locations.
I wish you luck and best wishes in finding your dream place.
Say hello to your parents!
Thank you so much for your help!
I am going to ask the Realtor about Tenney Road. Looks like the place may need some handiwork as there are no interior pics. I hope it's not in a flood plain, as it is close to the Connecticut River, and the listing said "unknown".
I appreciate your help!
I am looking into Vermont, the original landing place of my great x ?grandfather (mid 1700's). (Still researching the exact area).
A small 1, 2, 3 acre plot with a cottage or half decent cabin. (Half decent means...not falling apart!)
Does anyone have a good idea about which areas would be good ? Perhaps in an area where I could help out, in exchange for some help? Near a University?
My thinking is to get started, and my daughters would join up later on.
Where would I begin to look for the possibility of taking over a home, when the owner can no longer do so, but wants to keep the property going on, Permaculture style!
I am 62, and want to realize my dream, for as long as I can. My favorite part of gardening is making terrific soil.
I am super resourceful, and I really want to build a rocket mass heater and stove!
I am sure there are other young seniors who would like to do the same.
This is the best forum in the world!
This is awesome! I did this 2 years ago, in the 2018 growing season, experimenting with 1 special healing plant.
I had the thought, that "Hey, we take vitamins and minerals, why not give some to my special plant!")
So I dissolved three of my natural vitamins in filtered water, and after giving the plant a fulvic mineral drink first, I waited 2 days to add the vitamins. Next time, I am going to crush the vitamins in my morter and pestle for dissolving ease.
My daughter thought I was being ridiculous. I must say that adding vitamins, along with my bio dynamic soil blend produced an incredible potted healing herb!
It's been a challenge to grow on my porch, since I don't have safe land here at the condo, even though I have a 4x4 plot...the ground had been sprayed in the past, but out garden club put a stop to that...it took 5 years, but we convinced them to stop having the landrapers treat the entire 20 acres 2 x a year. Victory!
So happy to learn that others are being little mad scientists in the garden, like me!
Omg....I had no idea "freebies" were available for only 48 hours! I am not computer savvy at all...so when I actually looked around here, I learned something, so thank you!
My problem is, when I start reading my dailyish, I absolutely am so engrossed, I can't stop! I spent hours reading, and not doing....anything. I spent hours today reading. I love it here. I read on my phone, I read on my computer, and I told my mom that it is addictive!
So, while I feel like a flunky in the tech world, I am learning valuable Permie knowledge.
So that's a big win!
Wow...looking and reading about all these very cool tools!
My little gardening bag is pitiful, although, I am grateful to have something, and thanks to my Sister in Law for giving me the gift.
But oh so poorly made plastic and super weak aluminum, It's more for porch gardening with potting soil.
The shovel blade bended badly when using it in my little plot garden. The hand held raker has tines that are too thick to use, and the plastic clippers are practically useless. Kitchen utensils, a buck knife, and occasionally borrowing my mother's awesome tool set, but still incomplete with some items necessary for an awesome Gardner like my mom, she will be 80 this year!
I made a list of the 10 most awesome tools that I will eventually purchase. Thanks for the info on Truly Garden, as I will be looking there.
I love making great soil...which makes great gardens, which need great tools!🌱🌱🌱
Question: I live in a condo community that has lots of open ground, mature trees, and is quite hilly, but it is sloped with a South exposure in SE Pennsylvania.
In the past I have sneaked some tree saplings around the place. Now, I would like to place beneficial, medicinal, and fruit trees and plants. Not very many, as two of my beloved trees were killed by an outsider neighbor draining his pool onto the property here. From a permie perspective, the area I planted was perfect, in that the rain water would flow right to them, the pool water was unexpected and I tattled to the township about it.
Back to the question I forgot about, "what would be ideal plants and small trees, that I can sneak into safe spots that would provide food and medicine for the residents here?"
My youngest daughter just bought an end unit townhouse with a big yard, and I am so excited to help her sneak in some edible plants and a small garden.
Your book sounds perfect for her, and while chickens are now "off the table" the plants aren't.
This is appeals to my rebellious nature, and I am looking forward to reading your book!
Ilive in a suburban area, in a 20 acre, condo community that is spread out in smaller buildings with only 1 and two story condo units.
It's wooded , and 10 years ago...quite heavily wooded.
There is a giant Catawba tree about 30 to 40 feet from my second story balcony. Since living here, I have found several medicinal herbs, but I am not savvy about tree medicine, and am willing to learn.
We have maples, juniper, cedars, pines, tulip trees, pin oaks, and I introduced willows, a few different varieties.
There are much more, and there is a few acre wooded area next to the property, where a foraging couple often ventures into, and someday I will ask to join them.
There is red raspberry growing below me, and stinging nettle, Jerusalem artichoke, plantain ( not the banana type), yarrow, and all sorts of goodies, that I want to learn more about.
Just a side note: as a member of the garden club, it took 5 years, but we successfully stopped the twice a year dumping of lawn chemicals on this property. The lightening bugs have returned!
The best part of living here are the mature trees!
I will also be looking into learning more about them, and their medicinal gifts.
I have wild bees in my area, and for several years, every Spring, I have one or two visitors on my porch just when the weather begins to get warm.
I found this out while having tea with ( raw honey of course! Local of course!) Honey. This was 4 years ago.
The bee fell into my cup of warm tea, and thankfully rescued the little guy. Once he dried off, I gave him a small amount of tea (green) in a cap, so it wouldn't drown.
It was obviously thirsty! And since green tea has caffeine, he was flying on a caffeine buzz!
I thought I would put about a half a tsp of the local, raw, unprocessed honey, in another cap. A friend was made!
In the fall, more bees came for honey, and within about 40 minutes, I had all of his buddies, and my daughter woul not let me outside!
I learned that garlic repels bees, so, for my daughters sake, I sprinkled garlic powder all around the porch, and it was only after 2 years that a bee returned.
It could not have been from the original hive, so question:
Do bees have a genetic memory that is passed from generation to generation?
This bee was so friendly and walked all over my hands and face! So I gave it a little refreshment. I think I accidentally frightened it away, because it flew to close to a lit cigarette...and I do hope it returns.
I am super excited that you are here! It has been part of my dream to keep bees, as they seem to have a natural affinity towards me. I get visited every Spring on my porch by a few wild honey bees that live around here. I give them some wild raw honey that is local...so far, no issues with that.
This Spring, a bee came by in March, since we did experience an early warm up. The bee seemed to be grateful for the sustenance, as it walked all over my face and hands...it tickled, it was so gentle!
This bee was most likely from a hive in the area two years ago, when I think the entire hive visited in the fall...as my entire porch was buzzing with hungry bees. My daughter was freaked out and wouldn't let me on the porch until they left, then sprinkled garlic powder to keep them away.
Do bees have that kind of "genetic" memory passed to each generation? Because that is truly amazing!
Nora Ewer, I just love that you asked this question, as I am going to be in that position at some point. I am 61 now, want to retire in June, and work part time at a very physical job and constantly busy...I am wearing out, not because of the work, but the stress of not doing what I want...Permaculture!
That is why I happened to find your post here...I was looking for it!
It would mean death for me to go into HUD housing..but that's what I am looking forward to if I don't find something "permie" to spend the rest of my life.
I have thought of doing this myself, a permie community, with other permies around my age, and I live in Pennsylvania. So further research might tell me what's out there, or here, if anyone knows of someone with land who might need a helping hand and space for me to have my own home.
It's more than unsettling to be facing retirement alone, with a permaculture dream, and having to start over.
Thanks for listening.