Posts Tagged Garden

Aquaponics 101

Recently I have been talking with several folks here in Charlotte about aquaponics.  It is essentially a production method to grow fish in an artificial setting, the benefit being you can raise the fish just about anywhere.  Today I found this video giving some of the basics, so check it out.  The one thing that I would like to figure out is how to reduce or cut out entirely any on going consumables from the process.  I know you can grow loofahs, perhaps this would be a way to reduce the ongoing impact of the system.

Permaculture Song Round-Up

Here are a few fun songs/raps on permaculture.  If you aren’t familiar with permaculture, it essentially is a school of thought on how to design your environment to mimic nature and create a sustainable habitat that will improve the land for future generations.  We take this school of thought and apply it to our houses, gardens, food, surroundings etc.   Permaculture has three ethics: Care for the earth, Care for the people, Take only your fair share.

Permaculture also has 12 principles:

1) Observe and Interact
2) Catch and Store Energy
3) Obtain a Yield
4) Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback
5) Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
6) Produce No Waste
7) Design from Patterns to Details
8 ) Integrate Rather than Segregate
9) Use Small and Slow Solutions
10) Use and Value Diversity
11) Use Edges and Value the Marginal
12) Creatively Use and Respond to Change

 

 

 

Starting Seeds

Many of you who have been around a while remember I am into gardening, things are ramping up, so will the garden posts.  So this year I am a bit later than I’d like, but I have been busy, so oh well.  Last night I set my seeds in the pots, got my setup running and here it is.  First off here is what you need.  Starting mix is preferable, so pots, and seeds.  Depending on how far you want to go you can get a heating mat, lights, thermostat control, etc.

seed mix

Next I filled my pots with the potting soil (I should note that I pre-moistened the soil before I put them in the pots) and got them into them into my tray

pots ready for seeds

Next I put in the seeds.  I put 3-4 seeds per pot because each seed isn’t guaranteed to come up, it will also let me choose the strongest plant and focus on that one.  I will later “thin” with a pair of fine scissors.   I then take soil and gently cover the seeds;  in this case 3 variety of heirloom tomatoes and a variety of cukes ideal for pickling.  The packets often tell you how deep to bury the seeds, but a rule of them is 3 times the length of the seed, so a tomato seed is very shallow, a cuke is slightly deeper.

post watered

added seeds

Next up is to move the tray to my setup. Here I have my grow lights above, a plastic cover to keep the moisture in, below -it is hard to see – there is a heating pad and a piece of foam.  The cable sneeking in from the right is temperature probe that goes into the dirt to measure soil temp.  I have another thermometer to verify the temp and moisture.  Note: the temperature is too low as shown here, I just turned the whole thing on.

seedlings

seeds under lights

Here is the thermostat control, it will turn the heating pad on and off as needed, I set this to 80 F for proper germination to occur.  This unit is where the probe goes to.

seed heater mat

Here is the heating mat

seed mat for heat

Path To Freedom’s Ridiculous Claim

Wow what a crazy 24 hours it has been!  Yesterday was apparently the take back homesteading day of action.  An event I wasn’t aware of, because I didn’t know about the Dervaes’s family’s ridiculous copyright filing on homestead and homesteading.  Unfortunately I posted a video on the same day which many people took as a sign of support.  To be clear, I don’t support the Drevaes family.  I didn’t even know there was a roaring controversy.  So today, I spent my normal blog time writing emails explaining all of this and responding to comments.

For more info on this I suggest reading the following:

Below is a copy of the email I sent to folks explaining the situation:

Hello!

I wanted to respond to your comment on the blog personally.  The past few day has rather blindsided me to be honest.  I found out about the ridiculous homesteading copyright yesterday at about 11am, I was informed by you and other readers.  I personally think that the claims the Drevaes family has tried to assert are ridiculous.  I also feel that the copyright will soon be revoked, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has helped several people lawyer up and they have a very good track record.

The point is, I became aware of this after my posts were made, had I known about the controversy, the post would not have been made.  The upshot of it all is that there have been some interesting conversations done in the comments.  To delete the post would be to delete the comments and conversations.

So I invite you to continue reading the blog and would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!

Ryan

300 Year Old Forest Garden

A few months back we had a post on the future of farming, where the idea of forest gardens was talked about and in the comments we talked some too.  The basic idea is you take a piece of land that is just a field and you design it to grow into a forest where each plant has a purpose.  The rub is you can harvest year round for about 5 days of maintenance a year!

Here is a video of a 300 year old Forest Garden, spanning back 28 generations!