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Can't afford to buy things for your garden?
*Re-posting, with new information
A store-bought bag of topsoil, a roll of landscaping fabric, or a bag of cedar chips doesn’t go very far if you have a large garden or a very limited budget. Here are some ways to create the materials you need for a beautiful, organic, productive garden, by both re-directing household waste, and foraging in your local area. I use a lot of these tricks in my garden to make it almost completely free for me to continue growing new things, and expanding the workable area every year!
There are three things that are essential for plant growth. These are nitrogen for leaves and vegetation (N), phosphorus for roots and shoots (P), and potassium for water movement, flowering, and fruiting (K). Commercial fertilisers will give the relative concentrations of each of these compounds with and “NPK” rating. Plants like tomatoes also need calcium to produce healthy fruit. You can create amendments for your garden and soil at home so that you do not have to purchase fertiliser.
Many plants are particular about what the soil pH should be.
Mulch is decomposing organic matter that adds nutrition to the soil, while simultaneously keeping out weed growth and retaining moisture. It also attracts worms, fungi and other beneficial creatures to your soil. Free sources of mulch include:
When mulch isn’t enough to keep the weeds down, many people opt for landscaping fabric. It can be quite expensive and inorganic-looking. Free solutions that both attract worms and can be replaced in small segments as they break down include:
*try to make sure you are using paper that has vegetable-based dyes, so you aren’t leeching toxins into the soil.
If you have space, raised beds are a great no-dig way to establish growing space. If you are pressed for space (like working on a balcony) there are many cheap or free options for container gardens.
Many plants need external support, such as stakes of trellises, to thrive.
Paving often requires a foundation of sand or another stable and well-drained substrate, and a covering of stones, bricks, or other weatherproof elements. Slowly collect stones over time, or free paving stone fragments to create a mosaic-type walkway. Often people give these things away on craigslist. I made a patio and fireplace out of free salvaged bricks, for example.
Salvaged garden walkway
I hope this helps you build your garden outside of the usual capitalist channels! It can be a cheap or free hobby if you are willing to think outside the box, and maybe put up with things that don’t look as clean or crisp as a hardware store catalogue.
If you have any further ideas, please add them! The more information the better.
Travelling through the dark caverns beneath the city was always dizzying. When stationary the walls appeared a cool obsidian or hematite. But when rushing through the vast corridors and past the sun vaults that bathed the darkness below with ultraviolet light, it took on the refractive qualities of a mirror. Giving the illusion that we weren’t really moving at all. But somehow we still got from point A to point B whether we felt it at all. …
I came across an article today that detailed a bunch of trees and shrubs that are beneficial to butterfly and moth species that I wanted to share with you. These trees and shrubs are specifically beneficial to Missouri, so please check that they are not invasive species where you live before planting.
Small Trees: (Up to 30 ft. tall)
Downy Hawthorn - Beneficial to 150 different species
Downy Serviceberry - Beneficial to 119 different species
Flowering Dogwood - Beneficial to 150 different species
Large Trees: (Up to 90 ft. tall)
Shagbark Hickory - Beneficial to 200 different species
Tulip Poplar - Beneficial to 368 different species
White Oak - Beneficial to 410 different species
American Hazelnut - Beneficial to 31 different species
Arrowwood Viburnum - Beneficial to 104 different species
Ninebark - Beneficial to 40 different species
Other Beneficial Plants & Trees:
Rough- Leaved Dogwood
Not only are the above mentioned trees and shrubs good for butterflies and moths, but they are also beneficial to song birds. An average chickadee clutch can eat 6,000-9,000 caterpillars before leaving the nest. Let’s also not forget that butterflies are pollinators and trees are carbon sinks. The benefits of planting a few shrubs or trees can be pretty big in the long run.
Trained trees have been around since at least Ancient Rome and were popular within the walled courtyards of castles. However others pinpoint the invention of trained trees to the 16th century in France and England where apple tree branches were bent horizontally to allow for more fruit production instead of height. You can train fruit trees into several different shapes that grow supported up walls or even into free-stranding living fences.
If you are interested in reading more, check out the links below:
*All links are clearnet!
Listen I know you all think I’m obsessed with vampires and someone might tell me “ghani you can’t actually put vampires in everything” but fuck you ur not my mom so here’s my idea: solarpunk/lunarpunk with vampires??
How would vampires live in a more sustainable future? If they exist, will it mean that they have trouble surviving? Since their history is so greatly tied to decadence and a very romantic and sometimes bourgeois lifestyle, what would change about their aesthetic and their outlook in a far less or completely anti-capitalist society? How would humans view them?
I wanna write about this sooooo bad!
Sure vampires can like the finer things in life but look under the surface and you’ll see not everything is what it seems. Lunarpunk vampires helped fuel the resistance to bring about about a lunarpunk world. They helped the humans by ushering them into their old mansions and teaching them what they learned over the centuries about survival and rebuilding. When asked why they’ve decided to help, they always give the same reply. “Some vampires squandered their money soon after their death and gave the appearance of luxury. But you can’t take money with you to the grave. …”
Now that a lunarpunk society has been established, vampires have been accepted as part of human society. They teach in universities at night and hold memorials for collective grieving over the plants and animals people no longer remember once existed. And those who would die too soon are given another option… They are our teachers, our collective memory, and our healers.
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The forests live, they breathe, they are an intricate web of interconnected beings. Who watches after them? Who tends to these vast and living gardens? Could it be that what seems to be but the random placement of a tree could be intelligent design? Do the trees talk to those who tend them? Who tend to their fallen? We are small creatures in a vast world. It would do us some good to look up and question what we see from another perspective. It would do us good, not to undo the centuries upon this living world.
“Some there are who have seen her standing like a tree under heaven, crowned with the Sun; and from all its branches there spilled a golden dew upon the barren earth. […] Kementari, Queen of the Earth, she is surnamed in the Eldarin tongue.”
“The Lorax might have spoken for the trees, but it turns out that trees can speak for themselves. At least to other trees, that is.While it’s not news that a variety of communication happens between non-human elements of the natural world, the idea of mycelia (the main body of fungi, as opposed to the more well-known fruiting bodies - mushrooms) acting as a sort of old-school planetary internet is still a fairly recent one, and may serve as a spore of a new breed of forestry, ecology, land management.“ ~ Trees talk to each other and recognize their offspring
Trees are communal beings that care for each other. Did you know that even if a tree was chopped down or has lost it’s ability to survive on it’s own, there’s still a good chance it’s alive? That’s because other trees will feed it a solution through it’s root system to keep it alive. There are ‘mother trees’ that give rise to the next generation too. And we can even see them communicating with each other through mycorrhizal networks in a combination of chemical, hormonal, and pulsing electrical signals.
To learn more about the world of trees check out the links below:
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Gifs Show How Mushrooms Grow
Mushrooms are fast-growing organisms that quickly pop up after the rain. These mesmerizing time-lapse gifs record the mushroom buds bursting through the soil and elegantly expanding their caps.
In the last gif, that mushroom is emitting spores to propagate. They can do this on their own or you can tap them to release it. If you want to learn more about mushrooms check out the links and images below.
Yellow Elanor’s Mushroom Life Cycle
Yellow Elanor’s Instagram | Full of different amazing mushrooms found in nature
(All links and images are clearnet)
Not all Lunarpunks live in a world ruled by an ultraviolet sun, some live underground, some live in cities above ground but only come out at night. Underground caverns have multiple uses as places of trade with solarpunks, cities, above ground forest preservation, and gardens. They may look mysterious but their bioremediation, and plant growth are off the charts.
They were swarming again… We didn’t know why. It used to be that they bioluminescent insects glowed for one of two reasons; procreation or warning. But lately that’s been turned on it’s head, some are for healing, some warn of toxins in the environment, and others we don’t know their meanings anymore. … We write manuals cataloging discoveries like the explorers of old. Ash ink to the page. …Within a few years, everything could change…
Do the deposits glow because of the ultraviolet light? Does it glow independently of it? In a Lunarpunk world is mining still done? If so, how? What kind of rules, regulations, or practices are put into place to keep it sustainable? Have people given up on mining certain things? Are others only mined from old things and upcycled?
A Lunarpunk world may be filled with body modifications, hidden artwork on the skin that shines bright beneath the ultraviolet skies. It’s easier to stay hidden in plain sight or to stand out in a crowd. Do you trust those who travel between the darkness and the light? Who shed identities like some creatures shed skins? Do you trust those who have no luminescent modifications but are one with the darkness? What are the motives between those who do and do not modify their bodies to fit within the landscape? Are modifications different based on where you grew up? Different in the city vs rural? Do luminescent modifications change? Are they animated in some way?
Plants look different in a Lunarpunk world than they would in a Solarpunk one. The same plant can take on different hues and colors. Does this make them harder to identify? Can some be easily identified as poisonous where one wouldn’t have known before or is it more difficult? Do plants adapt to the ever dark region and become something more… something else?
Photo Source: http://www.cpburrows.com (Clearnet)
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