…..This post intends to share my love for both anarchism and permaculture and why the relationship between them keeps me up at night.
Anarchism and Permaculture
I joined the Anarchist Federation and the Anarchist Youth Network as a young teenager (circa 13-14 years old). While a lot of people have a jaunt at socialism or the Green Party and other escapades and find themselves radicalised by increasing dissolution with liberal ideas, I found I dove into the deep end.
And so began a lifelong love affair with ideas and action that questioned the legitimacy and role of a state, the capitalist economic system and all other forms of intersecting oppression, like racism, sexism and human supremacy.
I hungered for an understanding of all the fucked up things I’d seen or gone through.
shared with thanks from Old world garden May is here, and with Spring in full force, it’s time to start thinking about planting the garden. I’m not talking about planting the early seed crops that get us out into the garden for the first time in months.
I honestly can’t think of a more exciting time for a vegetable gardening fanatic than planting day!
Getting your vegetable plants off to a great start plays a major role in a successful harvest. And by following just a few simple steps on planting day, you can make sure your garden will grow and flourish all year long. Here are 3 of our favorite tips when it comes to successfully planting the garden.
Planting The Garden – 3 Tips To Success
#1 Don’t Rush The Big Day
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to rush planting day. When it comes to vegetable transplants, timing is everything. The soil needs to be warm, and the threat of frost needs to be past. If not, your plants can sit in cold soil and even worse, be damaged or destroyed by a late spring frost or freeze.Tomato and pepper plants mulched and ready to grow!
When plants sit around in cold, damp conditions, bad things happen. Their growth can be permanently stunted, and their roots and stems can rot in the soil.
Yes, I know all of the nurseries and stores have those plants inside and looking all ready to go. The key – they are still inside! So pick them up now while the selection is good, but don’t put them into the ground just yet.
#2 Feed Your Plants
When it is time to transplant your vegetable plants in the ground, give them the perfect home! The planting hole you create for each plant will be their new home for the next 3 months or so, so fill it with food and make it a great one!
We start by creating all of our planting holes with a post hole digger. It quickly makes a beautiful, extra wide hole that is a good 8 to 10” deep. That loosens the soil in a large space around the transplants going into the ground, allowing them a lot of space to quickly expand their roots.
And then we fill that hole back in with plant loving food! We mix in an equal amount of compost with the soil that came out of the hole. Then we add in a few crushed egg shells, a tablespoon of coffee grounds, and a couple of tablespoons of worm castings. Then we use that to fill back in around the transplant. The nutrient filled soil mix provides an incredible source of food as the plants begin to grow. The worm castings have simply been an amazing additive to our plantings. They work wonders in fertilizing plants naturally. See : Planting With A Post Hole Digger and Why Egg Shells and Coffee Grounds Are Great For The Garden
#3 – Mulch Those Plants!
I can’t stress enough how much mulching helps your plants! It is critical.
First and foremost, it keeps out competing weeds. And those weeds, if present, steal all of the valuable nutrients from the soil, and leave your plants hungry. Mulching also insulates the root zone of plants. This keeps the plants from overheating on hot days, and can keep them warmer if a cold snap hits. And, if you mulch directly around your plants with a little compost, it can feed your plants too!
We use a 1″ to 2″ thick mulching of compost about 8″ in diameter around each plant. We then cover the rest of the area in straw, leaving no dirt at all exposed in our growing rows. No exposed soil – no weeds!
And by using the compost, every time we water or it rains, the nutrients leach into the soil, helping to feed our plants all summer long.
There you have it, our top 3 planting day tips. Here is to a great 2017 garden!
Happy Gardening, Jim and Mary. We hope you enjoyed this week’s gardening article!
more mega-doom from from celebrated lefties.. only unfortunately they’re quite right
Image by Ben Salter with thanks
from… Dandelion Salad ..Filmmaker Regis Tremblay states what few others dare to say. Humanity is on the brink of extinction! Nuclear power is not safe. 48 of America’s nuclear power plants are leaking and there is no way to get rid of nuclear waste.
America’s reckless provocations of both Russia and China, two nuclear-armed countries, risk a nuclear holocaust from which no one survives. Climate change and global warming, if not mitigated immediately, will end the human experiment on earth sooner rather than later.
A shocking documentary that traces the origins of U.S. genocides, military interventions and wars from the 15th century when the white, colonial explorers first came to the Americas to the very present. American Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and the right to claim the earth and its resources as their own are the beliefs that are the foundation of American foreign policy in the 21st Century that has humanity on the brink of extinction. Continue reading Thirty Seconds To Midnight – The Final Wake Up Call??→
Permaculture ‘inventor’ Bill Mollison, who died this weekend. Photo: Permaculture Association / Magazine.
Australian educator, author and co-inventor of Permaculture, Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison, died on the 24 September 2016 in Sisters Creek, Tasmania. He has been praised across the world for his visionary work, and left behind a global network of ‘peaceful warriors’ in over 100 countries working tirelessly to fulfill his ambition to build harmony between humanity and Mother Earth.
The Tasmanian rainforests gave him the founding structure for his life’s passion, Permaculture: the idea that we could consciously design sustainable systems which enabled human beings to live within their means and for all wildlife to flourish with us.
Born 1928 in the Bass Strait fishing village of Stanley, Tasmania, Bill’s life story included backwoodsman, academic, storyteller, lady’s man, and to many just ‘Uncle Bill’, doing all these things par excellence.
Bill was co-founder, with David Holmgren, of the permaculture movement – a worldwide network of remarkable resilience, with organisations now operating in 126 countries and projects in at least 140, inspiring individuals and communities to take initiatives in fields as diverse as food production, building design, community economics and community development. Continue reading Peaceful warrior: Permaculture visionary Bill Mollison→
There are three roads to revolution. Some focus on seizing state power, others on revolutionary expropriation. The third strategy is to think seriously about how we would actually like to organise our lives and then to start putting these ideas into practice, constructing the new world directly, as a parallel alternative to capitalism.
Let’s be clear that the solidarity economy already exists and people are already fully engaged in the approach that I am describing. I am not messianically opening a new revolutionary pathway; I am merely reporting on a fruitful line of action, introducing it to newcomers, as well as offering some ideas about how it could develop to those who are interested.