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Thats not nice. not to get up you I hate cats and love birds.
A nation that cannot feed itself cannot be free. This is not a difficult concept to wrap one’s brain around, but people have become so removed from food creation that, as a nation, we are apparently going to have to be hungry or worse before we understand that animals are made out of meat, manure is a fertilizer and life is dirty. If you’re going to live, something else has to die.
Even if you’re a militant vegan, you still kill the carrot when you consume it....
Life feeds on life, whether you like it or not. That’s just life.
That is why we should be thankful for what sustains us and not delude ourselves about reality. If you can’t sustain yourself on everything you can grow on the balcony or the cracks in the sidewalk out front, you had better get yourself educated on the impacts of regulations and constraints on farms that will supposedly ‘make you safe’....
The consolidation and concentration in agriculture has been ongoing since the founding of this country. To some degree it is natural, but in the last fifty years, it has been completely orchestrated. In 1790, 90% of the workforce farmed for a living. In 1930, when the media really began to make fun of farmers and infer that those who fed the nation were unintelligent hicks, there were still more than one-fifth (21%) of the nation’s workers engaged in full time agriculture....
According to USDA statistics, we now have a total of less than one percent of the entire population engaged in agriculture.
Instead, we have increased our imports in produce to a phenomenal 68% in fruits and vegetables. Less than 1% of these are inspected by the agencies charged with “keeping” our food safe. A few years ago, Florida tomato growers lost more than $1 billion dollars for causing salmonella in salsa. Further investigation revealed it was Mexican produced jalapenos that were the real culprit. So now, in our illustrious intelligence, we are expanding the authority of the agencies in charge of “food safety” in this country, and enabling them to further annihilate our farms....
When less than 1% of the population is engaged in feeding the entire population and those being fed don’t actively, and positively support the one percent, then the 99% should be happy when they are left to feed themselves....When Marie Antoinette was told that the peasants were threatening revolt because they had no bread, she said, “Let them eat cake.”
When we are faced with rampant hunger because of the regulatory, financial, trade and foreign policies of the past 100 or so years, those of us who have been crying from the roof tops for people to take an interest in what really sustains them may be very well justified in saying, “Let them eat grass.” Remember, No Farmers, No Food.
Originally posted by MyMindIsMyOwn
Have not seen too much in the way of natural non-toxic insecticides here so I thought I would toss this into the mix.
I've used garlic tea for a long time as a natural insecticide in the garden. I just toss some crushed garlic into an old milk jug with water and let it steep for a couple days, strain and put into a spray bottle. Nice thing about this is that since it is non-toxic you can use it the same day as harvesting and don't have to let it evaporate away. Only thing with garlic is that for me it makes me hungry which is always a nice excuse (if any is needed) to pick a few things in the garden, wipe it off and munch on as I continue on my merry way!!
Here is a webpage that I found that has some other natural insecticide recipes.
Originally posted by crimvelvet
OH, One of the things many forget about is WOOD ASH!
My garden was not very good until I added wood ash. I had used lime but wood ash worked much much better for sweeting the compost. Especially a compost of oak leaves and manure.
I only use my wood ash because some people put plastic and other things in their wood stoves.
Originally posted by MyMindIsMyOwn
reply to post by crimvelvet
Thanks for all of your great posts, Crim! As I am not too far behind you in the age race I have been kicking around the idea of raised bed gardening as well simply because the back and knees are not what they used to be. Not sure what the best method would be for me here but I'm glad you brought to the table the use of RR ties and landscape timbers and the fact that the chemicals used to treat them would leach into the soil.
Wood ash is great for the garden as well. I have tossed wood ash from an outdoor fireplace into the garden for a while now and it really does add to the quality of the soil. That along with the untreated mulch and some compost makes the most lushious loamy soil that has also increased the earthworm population, which is a good thing!
Thanks again for all the informative posts! And while I know you say you've not gardened for a while and are a whiz at raising animals, feel free to post some tips on the raising of your animals as well here as I think there are several people who are interested in that too to compliment the garden to become self sustaining. I believe it was dizziedame who mentioned the building of a chicken coop and their interest in that. I have limited knowledge of raising farm animals and would welcome the knowledge that you can bring to the table.
Originally posted by wayno
I'm 62 but years ago I made myself a little bench to sit on while gardening and use it all the time. It is simply a wide board 4' long with a piece of 2X4 nailed horizontally at both ends. Originally I used it to access deeper areas without trampling plants. It keeps you off the ground but close enough to do what you need to do and also really saves the back and knees because you can sit down while you work.
Gardening is never a precise science as far as your own garden goes. You just have to learn, trial and error, which pants like which part of your yard. My gardens are spread out in different places so I have a spot suitable to each plant's needs.
I usually rotate; that is, I don't plant the same thing in the same place every year because eventually nutrients get used up.
I never throw away woody stems, branches and leaves. Everything gets thrown back down to decompose and return the "goodies" into the soil. It acts as a mulch to slow down evaporation in hot areas, and also helps amend the soil which has a lot of clay where I am now.
Many flowers are actually edible. Last year near fall I "harvested" a huge batch of Marigold petals and let them dry out. Now I add them to dishes to add colour as well as nutrients. Macular degeneration is a common problem for older people. The ingredients they use to make the medicine for this condition is extracted from Marigolds. I see including Marigold petals in my food as preventive medicine.
Once you are into it, gardening becomes not just a source of clean, chemical free food, but a respite, a meditation, and a source of joy and contentment.
Originally posted by gallopinghordes
A neat trick I learned from my Mom was to take empty milk jugs and poke holes in them; all around and on the bottom so water will leak out; bury them in the dirt up to the neck, fill with water and it will give your veggies the deep slow drink they needs. Fill them up as needed; you will use less water with almost no waste. I'm going to use them this year in the raised beds I intend to build.