Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 8, 2014 at 7:21am

I just finished going through a gardening book, Groundbreaking Food Gardens, where different gardeners elaborated on their techiques. 73 plans were mentioned--every type of garden from patio to rooftops to hot-dog, pizza, garlic, Southern, urban, beer, etc., etc. I'd love to name all 73. Each description includes how and what is grown. It's all pretty crazy, most of which didn't apply to me, but still interesting and informative. I did come away with several ideas. It was more fun-reading than anything. (Editor, Niki Jabbour)

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2014 at 5:07am

Thanks, Joan, you're so kind! But the responsibility for Auntie and brother-in-law will go on of course as they can no longer be responsible for themselves. The heaviest work is done by now, from now on it's the daily organizing; buying clothes etc., calling and e-mailing with the care homes, organizing trips to hospitals etc., administration and weekly visiting one of our patients. This week I'm working at Aunt's holiday; she's so lucky that her care home has got a holiday house in Spain and she's not yet too far gone, so she gets a week's holiday there!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 2:15am

Chris, I was thinking of you when I watched that video. I was able to pull out so many ideas from these various permaculture gardeners. There are several others that I want to share and if I send them too fast, people won't be able to watch them. You may have noticed that I sent playlists on a few of my recent posts. That way, you can watch more of people who have caught my attention.

I hope by summer, you will be relieved of responsibility for others. You need a good, long vacation, and I am sure your husband would be refreshed by one as well. You carried a heavy load.   

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2014 at 1:31am

Thanks for the urban permaculture link, Joan! I do hope I can go back to my roof garden next season! As it is, I'm still busy doing chores that are overdue half a year.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 7, 2014 at 4:50pm

Thanks for the Geoff Lawton link  http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/33812-urban-permaculture

 I had never heard of him before and could not believe my eyes.  All of those food producing plants in 640 sq. ft. - and all this time I thought my 2400 sq. ft. was small.  Amazingly he has 30 fruit trees and here I am dithering about where I'm going to put the three that I want to buy. *face palm*  Imagine three apple trees all bearing fruit at different times, all standard trees but pruned to a height he can reach - and then he has other fruit trees - in a tiny urban back yard no less - and in four years time. 

I'm afraid I'm going to have to go to site and view at least once a day until January planting time arrives!!!!  

You are also are right about conforming to hopelessness. I've felt bummed with the election results and feeling that way won't change a thing - working towards sustainability will.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 7, 2014 at 4:49pm

Hate so say goodbye to the hosta, but it'll be sprouting again in the blink of an eye.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2014 at 4:07pm

Surviving Collapse: Designing your way to abundance.

Conforming to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness results in no change when change is needed. 

Refuse to submit to these feelings, instead think about the challenges facing us, explore options, develop a plan of action, and put a plan into motion. Then, evaluate outcomes. If we fail, put the next plan into place and evaluate again. Even if nothing changes, we can know we gave it a good honest whack! If we go down in defeat, too bad; what else is new? If we overcome the negative feelings and accomplish something, we can stand tall, proud and have a big party. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

Geoff Lawton Urban Permaculture

Overflowing with ideas of how to manage permaculture in the city. 

I'm getting some ideas of how to better manage water. That is a good way to save some money. I'm not interested in pumps or things that need maintenance, but for those who are clever, there are som ideas. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2014 at 7:54am

Daniel, I can't remember exactly how long it takes, perhaps 5 years. I made persimmon pudding for our family gathering (among other things), and everybody raved.

Everyone, check out my comment and photos in the Food group.

Comment by Plinius on November 7, 2014 at 1:16am

Spud, we lived in a dark groundfloor apartment then, and the fishtank and the terrarium were our view of a sunny world. We sold the fish and the snakes when we found out that the floor was rotten - too dangerous for them - and moved when we got the chance.


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