Marjory Wildcraft has spent decades teaching people how to grow their own food. Her books and videos are used by governments and universities around the world, and her work reaches hundreds of thousands of people each year.
In an effort to make fresh sustainable food accessible to as many people as possible, Marjory has just launched a simple new system called How to Grow Half Your Own Food (in your own back yard in less than an hour per day).
Marjory recommends starting on a small scale, but even on a very small scale, this system is capable of supplying half of the nutrition you need. And the entire system is inherently scalable – so it can be expanded and contracted on the fly to accommodate any number of dependents.
This system is specially designed for busy people with limited space who want to begin the learning process now, so that they have a functional food production system before SHTF.
In this new system, Marjory has condensed her years of experience into a simple approach that eliminates time-consuming research and trial-and-error that would slow you down – so you can have a reliable food production system up and running right when you need it.
The system utilizes 3 core components that, together, can supply all the nutrition you need to support yourself and your dependents. It’s a brand-new approach, but it has already become a huge success.”
“Claudia Ackley, 46, filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to get the agency to recognize Bigfoot—a hairy, ape-like creature allegedly seen by thousands of people—as a species.
Ackley went on a hike with her two daughters, ages 11 and 14, near Lake Arrowhead, California, when one of her daughters became startled.
Ackley said her daughter saw a Sasquatch-like creature staring at her while perched behind a tree, and claimed one of her daughters had the video to prove it.
“I swear to God, on my life, we ran into a Sasquatch,” Ackley said.
The mother then placed a phone call to California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, which sent an official to investigate the situation. When Ackley showed the video to the official, the official told her that she saw a bear.
“They’re supposed to be there to protect the public. They’re not doing their jobs,” Ackley said of the state agency. “If I can save one life, it will be worth it.””
And apparently, Bigfoot is also a motivational guru:
“I realized at that point, looking at the creature, that there’s so much of life that we don’t know. Life is so beautiful, and I’m wasting my years,” she added. “I lost 125 pounds and decided to get a divorce . . . It motivated me to chase my dreams and live my life.”
Time for a quick poll.
If you ran into Bigfoot, would you:
A: Run away screaming
B: Ask for his autograph
C: Sue the state of California, lose 125lbs and divorce your husband?
I wonder what would happen if she ran into Nessie?
“BTW, it sure would be nice to have some kind of comment alert function to notify of followup/additional comments here. (Unless there’s something already that I’ve overlooked.)
Totally your choice, of course. It’s just that in order to engage in a discussion I have to leave the window open in order to remember to come back to it and see if anything further has been said. And that never works well.
Just a thought.”
I looked into it and found a good plugin. You can now follow a post you comment on, which should really help improve discussion.
Thank you, Duke. Great idea.
And, from the “my kids find ridiculous things” file, this computer game trailer my son discovered made me laugh out loud:
Cooking Simulator - Greenlight Trailer - YouTube
At first I thought “a cooking simulator – that’s ridiculous!”
And then I watched the whole trailer. Okay, that’s funny.
“All those white blooming trees you see everywhere… do you think they are pretty? If you knew what they actually represent, you would choke on your morning coffee and gag on your scrambled eggs. All those white blooming trees you see now are an environmental disaster happening right before your very eyes.
I’m talking about every white blooming tree right now, with only the exception of wild plums, which is a short multi-flora tree that seldom reaches over eight feet in height. All the other white flowering trees in today’s environment are an ecological nightmare, getting worse and worse every year and obliterating our wonderful native trees from the rural landscape.
If it’s blooming white right now, it’s a curse. This dictum especially applies to that “charming” Bradford pear your dimwitted landscaper planted in the middle of your front yard. Indeed, lack of smarts is what has led to this disaster. Bradford pear is worse than kudzu, and the ill-conceived progeny of Bradford pear will be cursing our environment for decades or possibly centuries yet to come.
When Bradford pear was introduced as an ornamental in 1964 by the US Department of Agriculture, it was known then that this tree possessed the weakest branch structure in nature. Also, the tree was assumed to be sterile. Bradford pears will seldom last more than 20 years before they bust themselves apart at the seams. That’s actually the good news… (read the rest)”
The good thing is that if you have a Bradford pear tree, it accepts grafts from better pears. Cut it down, then when shoots grow back from the stump, graft good pears onto them!
The blooms on fruiting pear trees are just as beautiful as Bradford pear blooms – and they’re followed by fruit. Using the root system of an existing Bradford pear will give the scions you add a great advance on production.
I decided to try something different on YouTube this week. Since my previous video on how to germinate a peach pit has been popular, I thought “hey, wouldn’t it be fun to animate the process with stop-motion?”
And so I did:
How To Germinate a Peach Pit & Grow a Peach Tree from Seed (Animated!) - YouTube
It’s really kind of a mess but this video will help me work some kinks out. I need to work on lighting, background and focus. The camera’s autofocus was not reliable and neither was the exposure, as you can see from frame to frame. I adjusted as best as I could in Final Cut after the fact but it’s not as good as getting sharp, well-lit shots at the beginning.
My YouTube viewers liked it, though, with the exception of one guy who wasn’t happy I didn’t animate all the way through to planting orchards and harvesting fruit:
It’s always the potheads or the vegans…
If you are interested in seeing the results of growing peaches from seed, I’ve shared my successes both here and on YouTube:
Peach Trees - Grown From Seed! - YouTube
I’d like to create more “Animated Gardener” videos. It’s fun to do and so long as I keep the videos short it doesn’t eat up too much time.
I’m sold on using seaweed fertilizer, whether fresh or purchased – and as people try it for themselves, they’re also learning its benefits.
As commenter Guian Millares writes:
“Dude it worked!!! My plants have grown very well with washed seaweeds! I use or twice everyweek and it is working awesome! Ive never had such growth before!! wow! Thanks man! God bless you….never listen to those who say negative things on you…You are doing great! God bless you.”
Thank you! God has blessed me and continues to do so. And I count the abundance of free local seaweed as one of those blessings.
A year ago I posted this video on making and using seaweed fertilizer in the garden:
Three Easy Ways to Use Seaweed in Your Garden - YouTube
Which reminds me: I have some new garden beds that could really benefit from some seaweed application. I’ll have to take a couple sacks with me next time I hit the beach with the family.
If you live far from the beach or don’t feel like hauling bags of seaweed, you can get good seaweed fertilizers on Amazon. Neptune’s Harvest is a popular one and is really rich since it’s a mix of both seaweed and fish. Fish emulsion is like magic in the garden – and when you mix it with seaweed, you’re really adding the bounty of the ocean to your plants. They go crazy. In fact, my friend Jo the Master Gardener once told me that fish emulsion is the way to grow truly awesome organic strawberries in Florida. It greens them up and makes them fruit without encouraging leaf growth over fruit.
Another option that I used to use on my beds in North/Central Florida was kelp meal. It’s loaded with minerals and a little goes a long way. I don’t know if kelp is totally safe post-Fukushima, but I haven’t heard anything really scary lately.
I used kelp meal as part of the fertilizer mix I used to grow these amazing cabbages:
I followed the directions for making COF (Complete Organic Fertilizer) which Steve Solomon writes about in Gardening When it Counts. Once I had my mix, I sprinkled it all down the beds, raked it in, put down a weed barrier, punched holes, then planted cabbage seedlings. They did better than any I’ve grown before or since. Absolutely beautiful heads.
Seaweed was part of that. Consider it a multivitamin for your garden, loaded with micronutrients. The big three – NPK – are the main course – and seaweed has those, but not in huge amounts – but seaweed is really rich in the little things which add to the overall health of your plants.
How to Make and Use Seaweed Fertilizer
So, you have some seaweed and want to try it out? Here are three good options.
Option #1: Seaweed as Mulch
Take the seaweed, rinse it out, then use it as mulch. That works nicely and breaks down over time. Maritime Gardening agrees:
Seaweed Makes A Fantastic Mulch! - YouTube
Option #2: Compost it!
Put seaweed directly into the compost pile. Consider it a “green” layer. I don’t bother rinsing it when I do this, figuring the salt on it will work its way through.
Option #3: Make Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer
You’ve seen me do this before with weeds, manure, kitchen scraps, etc.:
Creating a New Batch of Fermented Plant Juice AKA "Dave's Fetid Swamp Water (TM)" - YouTube
But you can do it with seaweed as well. It’s a great additive – or it can be used all by itself.
This is a very good video where a man does the same method I do, but with comfrey and other northern leaves, along with seaweed:
How To Make Liquid Fertiliser & Black Gold - YouTube
Hey, that guy looks way more pro than me. I should send him a T-shirt.
I watched The Godfather for the first time this last week.
As a gardener, this was what impressed me the most:
Look at the height of those tomatoes!
When I used to live in Tennessee one of my neighbors had a permanent location for tomatoes. They sunk tall posts into the ground in a grid, then planted tomatoes in the same spot every year. They would grow taller and taller until they were higher than me by the end of the year.
With “indeterminate” tomatoes, the plants tend to keep growing and producing so long as the bugs don’t get them.
“That’s George Mustakas and his Belgium Giants growing in containers behind his store, East Fishkill Provisions in Hopewell Junction. His son, Gus, said his father, who has been the owner of the store for some 21 years, has been growing this variety of tomatoes for about four years. He loves the taste of them and uses the tomatoes, some of which are 3 pounds or more, in the store’s deli to make sandwiches. Customers really seem to appreciate them, according to his son. George starts the seeds each year and also gives seedlings to friends and family to grow their own. He uses apple barrels to grow the plants in and fertilizes them with a seaweed product, according to his son.”
This is the best video I found on the “Russian Miracle Shovel” broadfork modification:
Чудо лопата своими руками. - YouTube
As you can see, the tines break the ground, then the welder re-bar pieces act as a comb to shatter the clods.
Basically, this is a man-powered tiller.
Here’s what appears to be a commercially made Russian Home Shopping Network version of the tool:
Рыхлитель «СУПЕР-ЗЕМЛЕКОП-7» - YouTube
On the downside, this style of broadfork doesn’t look like it could handle the really tough conditions I’ve been able to handle with the Meadow Creature.
That said, in sandy or loose soil it would be a time saver as it makes a nice seedbed as you till your way along.
Here’s a thought: what if you added one of these sifter/comb attachements to the Meadow Creature?
It could work. Maybe on the lighter 12″ tine model?
The open holes are there to add the pivoting grill so you wouldn’t have to do anything to the broadfork itself.
I dunno, I’m not an engineer, but I’m sure one of you could figure out how to reinvent one as a “Russian miracle shovel.” It would probably be too heavy, though. Maybe the grill could be made of titanium!
I love tools which don’t require gasoline or expensive parts. The broadfork is already head and shoulders above digging with a spading fork. The “Russian miracle shovel” style of sifting broadfork would probably work well as a second pass after the Meadow Creature did the really hard work.
I’ve bought from Woodlanders nursery in the past and appreciated some of the rare plants they offer.
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