Jasmine Dale

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My permaculture journey began at Crystal Waters ecovillage in 1999, where I discovered the power of creative learning and practical solutions for the challenges of our times. Motivated by living simply and respect for nature, with my husband Simon, we later built a natural home deep in the heart of a Welsh woodland, which became an internet phenomena known as the 'hobbit house', inspiring millions of people.
In 2009, we co-founded the Lammas ecovillage with 9 other families. Starting from bare fields, my experience is now rooted in many years of transforming degraded land into a biodiverse, edible landscape and living within a One Planet footprint. I've taught permaculture design and practical skills to regenerate land and create ecologically sound homes through grassroots solutions for over a decade to people and groups from all walks of life (www.beingsomewhere.net). My practical workbook, the Permaculture Design Companion, is the harvest of all those interactions and years establishing an off-grid, resilient smallholding.I live in West Wales, where the the wild coast and ancient landscape permeates everyday life. I am deeply inspired by the intelligence of plants and ecosystems and their enthusiasm to thrive in relationship with human care and attention.
West Wales, Britain
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When I answered the questions for the interview I had no idea their query about the fire was being matched to the hobbit house, I assumed they'd read our homepage and knew the 'story'.
Not realising the answers would be printed verbatim, I wrote in note form and had assumed Morgan would be crafting the words into an article and any clarifications regards facts would be ironed out then.
The info still stands true, so no worries!
1 month ago
Dear John Daley, thank you for your kind words. The fire has had a subsequent long process, involving trauma and transformation.
Fires are destructive and also make room for new life to thrive.
The event felt like 'the universe / god ' had spoken. It was such a freak event.
We have had many blessings from this fire.
Immediately afterwards, people raised £30k to support us, which we used for rent and bills during the following 2 years whilst re grouping from the shock and major impact on our teenage children.
Their whole lives has been spent building one house or another, always nearly having a home.
The hobbit house pictured did not burn, we left there many years ago. We lived there as volunteers ( see http://www.beingsomewhere.net/hobbit.htm)
Earthlea the house that did burn was another kettle of fish and 9 year journey on our own land.
It doesnt matter it's physically gone; the love, learning, sweat and tears shared with 400 volunteers and 1000 visitors 2009-18 is REAL and LIVES in our hearts and minds.
1 month ago
Here in Wales, UK late frosts and early cold winds: interested in any fruit /nut trees that withstand cooler temperature zones.Most sources are expecting a warming trend, though I noticed last september it was cooler than average and my grapes did not ripen well compared to previous years. Have looked around on sub arctic type sites, seems shrub fruits more appropriate.

5 months ago
Keen to learn more about this too, I have friends with extreme hayfever allergy that harvest and eat raw nettle when in seed..

This site has info on harvesting the root and its uses at any time
5 months ago
I'm helping someone who wishes to design a forest garden on a fairly waterlogged field.It's adjacent a river and natural swampy marginal zone. First we are getting a sense of whether any area stays dry enough for planting...however the idea they have is use hugelkultur to outwit the waterlogging and plant the fruit guilds above the waterlogging line. I'd love advice. I'm concerned from previous attempts that the woody centre will have too many air pockets to support trees and wondering how much soil layer we'd need to make it feasible. Advice welcome...
5 months ago
I've seen strawberries work well on my neighbours asparagus patch
5 months ago

R Scott wrote:What are the design thoughts/questions you use to balance the health/diversity of the ecosystem and the ability to harvest time sensitive yields?

Good question: Planting in guilds to cover health/diversity issues, that is including a variety of different plants and shrubs to ensure different root depths, pollinator and predator forage and habitat and using the different layers to utilise succession through the seasons. Regards time sensitive yields, I hadn't thought about it consciously in my forest garden design... however, having about 12 fruit tree guilds in zone 2, near the house, means I have my cup of tea up that and catch short lived flower yields due to regular presence. I'm also happy to plant up areas in more distant parts of the holding. It gives me peace to know bees, insects and birds will find those yields even when I'm not around to harvest them.

A well frequented area of my old forest garden (now we've moved)
5 months ago
Here in Uk, summer cuttings of Fuchsia bushes take well, I have the variety called globosa...the berries are prolific and cropping substantially after 3 years

5 months ago
Welcome Anne, look forward to learning from your experience. If you don't use permies already, it's a brilliant culture of sharing expertise and learning and respectful attitudes. There's a wealth of info on EVERY subject under the sun. As a permanent publications author too, I felt extremely supported by the permies team. Off to forest garden forum to see what's happening!
5 months ago