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Re: addendum
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2017, 02:57:37 AM »
Grass clippings compost
According to Praxxus55712 grass is generally already the perfect compost medium [i.e. 50% carbon/dead organic material and 50% nitrogen/living organic material]. So all you have to do is pile it up and keep it moist and in about a month you'll have perfect compost. (N.B.: grass is the one flora that collects into itself [i.e. organically] all minerals contained in the soil; therefore, it is the perfect compost material since the most important thing in bringing health to soil is bringing minerals into soil.
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Re: Instructional videos
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2017, 02:09:24 PM »
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grass is generally already the perfect compost medium [i.e. 50% carbon/dead organic material and 50% nitrogen/living organic material]

We find that there is no strong smell, as mentioned in an earlier post.  Hens grind it into the soil and make fluffy compost probably faster than it would degrade on its own.  It also helps to counteract the mud bath that we get here after heavy rains. :)

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Re: rotting grass
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2017, 02:34:14 PM »
the strong smell came from grass decomposing in an anaerobic environment; a compost pile / bin should allow plenty of air and would be a completely different story.
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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2017, 11:25:15 PM »
Joel Salatin is a waterfall of information and experience if you grant him the time...

I suggest you check out this YouTube vid from 19:52 onward for a while to hear his argument concerning how efficiently grass converts H2O and CO2 (and minerals) into soil [i.e. compared to trees and shrubs].
(And then the animals consume the grass [be they elephants, rhinoceros, cows, sheep, geese, guinea pigs or whatever] and sunshine has been converted into energy that our bodies can consume.)

(Also see: this SciShow episode on the history of grass.)
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Re: Instructional videos
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2017, 05:09:31 AM »
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USDA=U.S. Duh
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From a spiritual standpoint, suddenly now, the pigs are not just pork chops and bacon...those pigs now become co-laborers and team-players in this great land-healing ministry!  And that really fundamentally changed the emotional-spiritual relationship that we have.

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If all the money that were spent on chemical fertilizers today were spent on carbon, we would have an incredible industry literally spring up overnight...taking the junk and leaving the best, instead of taking the best and leaving the worst.  We would become resilient in our own fertility system.

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Re: inspirational
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2017, 10:43:21 PM »
You can grow your own food. People have done it since forever.
I ran into this amazing vid: Quit Your Job and Farm.
Not so long ago 90% of folks were farming in one form or another. Now big business in the past century has decimated the number of small farms, modern folks have strange ideas about farming, food and health...

Even aside from survival considerations, almost all of us simply need to get back to farming. And vids like the above show just how feasible and wonderful that can be.

Just for us...: Geoff Lawton: Surviving Collapse, Designing your Way to Abundance
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Re: inspirational
« Reply #21 on: October 23, 2017, 12:40:04 AM »
Just watched Alone, season 3 winner Jami Fowler's interview with his wife; look, besides the fact that this absolutely looks like a wonderful couple..., it's about a woman and her man and how they deal with absence and adversity, but come out strong and not only survivie, but come out ahead [i.e. surthrive].

It is relevant to prepping because this guy [Jami Fowler] is a hard-core prepper who proved beyond a doubt that real independence and self-suficiency is what will get one through (truly) hard times. And then there's this family aspect, of a woman who suffers through what it means to deal with having a man who's dealing with extreme conditions...
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Re: Instructional videos
« Reply #22 on: October 23, 2017, 10:14:48 AM »
The chemistry between the two of them is palpable, as well as their commitment.

Good stuff Socrates!

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Re: Instructional videos
« Reply #23 on: October 23, 2017, 10:25:29 AM »
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I ran into this amazing vid: Quit Your Job and Farm.

Loved the footage that came up in the background while one fellow was discussing dangerous predators that like to attack chickens :)

Lots of good information Socrates!
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Top 10 Garden Mistakes
« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2018, 05:29:47 AM »
Homesteading Family offers this vid on Top 10 Garden Mistakes:
- Wrong plants
- Weeds
- Too BIG
- Mono cropping
- Improper watering
- Too many chemicals
- Timing
- Spacing
- Soil health
- Location

In other words:
10: choose plants that enjoy your climate and that you plan to use
9: later in the season they can surprise you with how fast they grow; be aware
8: don't bite off more than you can chew; there's a learning curve involved
7: find guilds/ plants that support one another and rotate crops
6: make sure the soils is getting wet through and through but also don't drown roots
5: or better, none at all...
4: know your local seasons
3: mind your plants' space needs
2: soil management
1: location location location... 'nuff said
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Re: Instructional videos
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2018, 07:20:03 AM »
One mistake I make nearly every year is allowing the valuable and delicious Lamb's Quarter take over the garden.  Every year I have this plan:  keep a reasonable number for eating and seeds, but somehow I get busy and pretty soon many of them are way past the tender eating stage, and are looming toward 6' high.  But by then they're close to producing seeds for next year, so I feel sorry for them and allow them to remain there, shading other plants, etc.  I fight this weakness every single year.  It's awful.  I need help, counseling, something....

Then another mistake is planting too close together, thinking I can just be careful about where I walk, etc., and pretty soon the plants are nudging each other, not getting enough sun, and on and on and on. 

These are issues some gardeners have solved, but not this one.  Still I live.

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Re: Instructional videos
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2018, 09:09:21 AM »
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I fight this weakness every single year.  It's awful.  I need help, counseling, something....

LOL!  :D

Seriously, Thanks both of you for getting us thinking about being in the garden again after this long, cold winter.  I do like winter usually, but how refreshing to turn our thoughts toward springtime... :)

 

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