Margie Curtiss

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I have been interested in living close to Nature ever since I can remember. Finding "Secrets Of The Soil" was my eye opening, awakening, and inspiration, for Permaculture,the soil and living sustainably.
Have I to...yes!
Mont Clare, PA
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Mike Haasl wrote:For people expressing frustration that they'll never own a house or property

That would be me at this very moment, and that doesn't mean that my situation won't change for the better.

My teenage granddaughter, who has her face in either a phone, ipad, or xbox, every waking minute...( I raised her for her first 6 years of life without those things, and happy to say that this does indeed set her foundation) needs this book...I will read it to her if that's what it takes for her to remember all that I have taught her about the natural world ( it's not much, but honor and respect for all of life is  important). Her friends would also benefit, and perhaps getting them talking about this, rather than the latest tick tocker.

I have about a dozen peeps that would read this. Where can I get it?

Thank you all for helping to change minds, methods, and results, for living a more evolved life.


Hi Everyone!
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'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.
2 months ago
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.

I will keep this in mind for my next project...


2 months ago
WOW! Kate..your book is awesome!
I would totally buy it!
Keep my name for reference!
Love it!
Blessings to you for success with your book!
4 months ago
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 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!
4 months ago
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!
4 months ago
Margie here.
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.
Thank you!
This is the best forum in the world!

4 months ago
Hi Bryant!
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 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!
Thank you!!!
5 months ago
Congrats to the winners!
Enjoy your new tool!
5 months ago