By Rod King
Every Thursday around 7 p.m., a group of dedicated people gather at the 17-acre plot of land just west of Fellowship Missionary Church on Tillman Road, ready to get their hands into the soil. They’re part of Fort Wayne Urban Farmers (FWUF), who’ve been tending to this field for the past seven years.Last year, the acreage produced more than 2,000 pounds of corn, cabbage, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, gre…..
Source: Urban farming group teaches sustainability – Local – News-Sentinel.com
My paraffin egg incubator was already a museum piece when I acquired it nearly 40 years ago. I used it when I was a poultry keeper but it has been unused for more than 30 years, for much of that time occupying space in my coal shed which is now, rather more a log store.
It has just been brought to the surface and dusted off ready for a starring role in somebody else’s life story. It is a fab bit of kit which solved the problems of egg incubation in a simple but effective way, using a paraffin burner as the warmth source. Let’s see this item outside on a bright sunny day.
So how can a simple paraffin stove maint….
Source: The incubator | Locksands Life
It was in the fall of 2015 when I decided I wanted to plant a spring/summer garden. My goal was to feed my family fresh fruits and veggies all summer long, preserve and can foods for winter, save lots of money, and steer clear of chemicals. I had no idea of the workload I was placing on my shoulders.
The first thing on my “To-Do” list was to thoroughly research organic gardening, how to plant each fruit and veggie, water conservation, soil types, beneficial insects, composting, and all natural repellents for insects and animals. The next thing on my “To-Do” list was to lay it all out on graph paper, to literally draw a map of my ga….
Source: Gardening for the first time… – Harvest Moon: Herbalist, Homesteader, Wildcrafter
I had read somewhere once that planting corn with pole green beans was a solid gardening tip because the beans would use the corn as a trellis and both plants would be the happier for it. This year, I planted my corn and my green beans in the spirit of experimentation, having grown neither varieties before. Now, I believe in experimentation as much as I believe in making mistakes. I further believe in sharing those mistaken ventures with others to avoid repeating them. In that spirit, let me tell you that I unequivocally do not recommend planti….
Source: The Super Fail: Corn and Green Beans | casula mellita
Building a society without fossil fuels is possible. We need to shake of the myth that it cannot be done. The belief that a country needs to choose between nature and development is complete rubbish. This TED Talk explains all.
Costa Rica, although relatively special due to its volcanic activity, produces nearly 100% of its energy from renewable’s. However, Austria and Germany have taken huge leaps without a volcano insight.
Countries all need to take brave steps. In 1948 Costa Rica abolished their army replacing fighting with conservation. They turned military spending into social spending. It is no….
Source: Fossil Fuels, We Don’t Need You! | Conservetourism
My trusty digging fork.
Double digging is a cultivation method used by gardeners to deeply aerate and loosen the soil. It involves removing the top layer of soil and then loosening the next layer below it with a digging fork or broadfork. Then replacing the top soil. Most of the time compost or other soil building amendments are added before the top soil is replaced.
I hadn’t planned on double digging, and shiver at the though of all the new weed seeds it is bringing up.
It is tiring. Some people believe it is unnecessary in many cases, only adding to the weed load and if done improperly can lead to more compacted soil. This is especially problematic if subsoil is brought up by accident, diluting the rich organic matter that can only be found in the upperm….
Source: The Hustle: Double Digging | Beech Cove | Farm
Composting, the act of making organic, rich soil out of food, yard, and paper waste, is as good for the environment as it is easy to do. That is the say, why aren’t we all composting?
First of all, why bother?
In landfills, compostable materials such as paper and food waste decompose anaerobically (without oxygen), releasing methane (CH4), one of the most harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, when tra….
Source: Make Dirt, Not Waste; A Guide for Easy Composting, and Why You Should Do it. – sustainableplanetblog
A 30 MegaWatt “wave farm” of Pelamis Wave Energy Converters(Credit: Business Wire)
Unless you’re a surfer, a sailor or the owner of beachfront property during hurricane season, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the power of waves. That may be changing soon.
Like a large, slowly building swell miles from shore, the wave-power revolution has quietly and gradually gained momentum. And this month it began the crest: The US Depa….
Source: Wave power could revolutionize the renewable-energy game | NRG initiative
Permaculture Principle 3: Obtain a yield
“Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.”
( Permacultureprinciples.com )
June: Transplanted Zinnias from pot to garden with kids at farmers’ market
Watered / Rain
Early August: As we observed that the plant was leaning over and looking for light, we attempted to transplant (experimenting is good???? )
Watered / Rain
Late August: Returned back t…..
Source: Obtaining a Yield – Kale Mamá