sustainable gardeningSustainability starts with feeding yourself and growing for good health
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I am having a sustainable gardening group photo contest. To enter just post a photo in the sustainable gardening group put your username maybe a title brief description and category in the comment box. Enter as many times as you want. Three categories : natural -this could be be anything scenery to your favorite flower to a food forest :children and there food-this pic must have a child in it : In bloom-must have a bloom in it. I would perfer these are pics you took this contest is purely for fun. The prizes 1st place in all three categories will receive a gift of seeds hand selected for your region and 3 months of your photo as the group photo. Please do not post photos you don't want shared on this site and please do not post your address. I will contact you privately by email if you win. All entries must be received by midnight on the harvest moon September 10 and winners will be posted on September 22 the autumnal equinox. Please send any guestions to Ang. Thanks so much. Can't wait to see your fabulous pictures.
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by Curt 3 years agocorn and peas work well ensemble
by zuni 3 years agohi friends i m still offering a round trip ticket for a friend who can help out on the farm for 3 months from april to july ! plus free place to stay.....and organic veg food.... however must be a camp loving friend....cause off the grid is alot like camping :) if intrested please give us a call....ask for sara
809 672 9621
by zuni 3 years agoFriends needed to help on our organic farm in the Dominican Republic
We need help from april 7th to july 7th and are willing to pay for a round trip ticket from the US (or partial financial help from another country) for a friend who can help out during the specified dates. However, folks are welcome to come and help out at any time and stay for as long as they like. The more friends we have, the more food we can produce, as we have about 50 acres. Folks coming down will have their own hut to stay in and are welcome to eat anything produced on the farm. ( but we suggest bringing a small tent and sleeping mat or a hammock and mosqito net) We do have animal friends providing us with honey, milk, and cheese/yogurt and soon eggs, but we never eat any type of animal here.
We are 100% off the grid, but have a little bit of solar power which you can use. We also have fresh spring water for drinking and a river for swimming. Within walking distance there are waterfalls as well. Thirty minutes to the beach. We have poor cellular reception, though, and no internet connection. We do not go into town much as there is a lot to do here. If you would like to help us out, please call us at 809 672 9621. ask for sara :) Leave a voicemail if no one answers,(however if we don't respond call back its cause sometimes we do not recieve the voice mails :( as the reception is quite bad.soooo..... Keep trying if no one answers, or send a text.
by Makerofstuff 3 years agoNothing in the site seems to be really active, but lets change that. Most of what I am doing is sustainable, but I am working on that. Soon ( like within two years) I hope that I can be the proud owner of a compost warmed hot house. The hot house is currently on propane at night. Learning as I go. Not a farmer, but wanting to be. Currently there are 11 horses, 11 chickens, 19 alpaca, and 2 llama. ... various dogs and cats on 80 acres. I have started to put some permaculture principles into practice. We have a learning curve!
Amazing, we've actually had a summer this year. Today is the first really wet day for over seven weeks and it's actually been warm, if not very nearly hot on occasions. We've actually had to water the garden every evening, which is pretty much unheard of in this part of the universe. Everything in the garden seems to be doing really well, so well that we are struggling to keep up with eating all the wonderful stuff we are growing. Potatoes, Carrots, Peas, Broad Beans, Snowball Turnips, Onions, Courgettes, Spinach, Lettuce, Kohl Rabi, Strawberries, Blackcurrents, Redcurrents, Kale etc all available now. Still to come we have Apples, Plums, Parsnips, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Leeks etc. Even the sunflowers have excelled themselves this year, some nearly 8 feet tall. I'm more than happy to put up with long cold winters if we get more summers like this one.
What a difference a month makes! Despite the long winter and very cold spring (the last snow fell on 23 May) things are now growing rapidly in the garden. The last month has been warm and for the most part sunny, with little rainfall until today. Pretty much everything seems to be doing well at the moment, pride of place going to the onions which are well on their way to being the best we have ever grown. Even the plum tree is showing promise after a couple of blank years and the apple tree better than ever. We've eaten all the radishes from the first sowing and will be eating the first courgettes in a week or so. Can't wait for the strawberries.
It's been a bit quiet on here lately, is anybody out there are you all just too busy growing stuff? I see membership of the group s steadily growing so that's a good sign. It was a long winter here in the north of Scotland, not really cold like it is some years, but it just seemed to last forever. Our veggie garden was frozen for 108 days in a 120 day period from early November to early March and waterlogged the other days, so not much got done at all. Since then it's been a bit warmer, but still a lot of cold snowy days and very windy until a couple of weeks ago when 'spring' finally arrived. Pouring rain again today.
We've been very busy the last few weeks, with most stuff planted now, although it's still too early to see what will germinate and what won't. Onions, Peas, Radishes and Broad Beans seem to be doing well so far. This year we are trying Kohl Rabi for a change. We've never even eaten it before so hope we like it. Anybody for Kohl Rabi fritters?
Exciting news is that some friend's of ours moved house and gave us a greenhouse they didn't have room for. We spent a couple of mornings taking it all apart and transporting it home and have even managed to put the frame back together again without forgetting how to do it! Don't know if it will be fully operational in time to grow anything in it this year as we still have to sort out the solid wood base for it and replace a couple of glass panes and all the rubber seals. We have the wood, just can't find time to do it as usual.
by Aurbis 4 years ago40 hours of free permaculture video lectures!
by Arctica 4 years agoWe've just been to the local farm shop and they are not happy bunnies at all. Apparantly there has been a complete failure of outdoor fruit crops throughout our area, with no apples, pears, plums etc to be had anywhere. They have some indoor fruits, strawberries and raspberries but sales are well down on these as well because of the bad weather. Thay are basically working for nothing just now, really struggling to pay the bills.
by Arctica 4 years agoDespite enduring the coldest and wettest spring/summer for over 100 years, we are actually quietly pleased with our vegetable garden this year. Fruit production was very poor, with virtually no plums, apples or redcurrents - not surprising as they hardly got any sun on them until August. Locally, wild raspberries and blackberries are also virtually non-existant. Strawberries and blackcurrents did alright in the end though, and there is a bumper crop of hazel nuts just now.
Of the veggies, the only complete failure was the onions, although the beetroot are a bit disappointing as well. Potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, peas and leeks have all done reasonably well. Broad beans, kale and carrots have done well, with parsnips, brussel sprouts and purple-spouting broccoli still to come, but looking good.
Big plans for the coming winter have already started with the newest plot being trenched and another new plot marked out ready for digging over. A couple of trees earmarked for the chop as well (a shame, but you can't eat trees) and plans to lower more of the hedge to allow more light in. Time and, as always, the weather will tell though. It's a foul day today, the parsnips look like they have just been run over by a steamroller, but they'll recover in a few days.