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SVG Tests

on Nov 30, 2018
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Garden Masterpost

on Nov 20, 2018

Reblogged from: hyggehaven on Tumblr. All links are clearnet.

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!

For soil

  • Save your food scraps to create a rich compost for growing veggies and amending your soil. There are numerous options for every size of dwelling and yard. Small space solutions such as Bokashi and vermicompost work indoors and don’t produce bad smells, so you can keep them underneath the sink.Worm towers, compost heaps, and outdoor compost bins are a great solution if you have more space. The more you add, the more rich, nutritious material you can make for your garden. I like composting because it means I don’t have gross smelly garbage bags to deal with, because food waste is diverted. It seems like a lot of work at first, but it actually saves time, money, and transportation.
  • Seaweed or kelp is one of the best things for your garden, with over 70 essential nutrients, and acting as a weed barrier and a moisture-retentive mulch. I collect seaweed nearby on the beach with my bike trailer, or, when I go for a walk I bring a little home with me each time. It’s an absolute miracle for your soil.

Worm tower

Fertiliser

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.

For nitrogen

  • Grass clippings contain 4% nitrogen, 1% phosphorus, and 2% potassium (NPK = 4-1-2).
  • Human urine contains 12% nitrogen, and it’s sterile. Dilute before adding directly to plants.
  • Legumes such as beans, clover, peanuts, and alfalfa fix inorganic nitrogen into the soil with mycorrhizal organisms and nodules on their root systems. Plant these crops every few years in rotation with others to renew the soil organically.

For phosphorus

For potassium

For calcium

Soil Acidity/Alkalinity

Many plants are particular about what the soil pH should be.

  • To make soil more acidic: add oak leaves, pine needles, leaf mulch, urine, coffee grounds or sphagnum.
  • To make soil more alkaline: add wood ash, shell, or bone.

Mulch

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:

  • Leaves
  • Garden waste
  • Grass clippings
  • Straw (often straw bales are given away after being used for decoration in the fall. You can also plant vegetables directly in straw bales using a technique called straw bale gardening).
  • Wood chips (if you can borrow a wood chipper after you’ve collected some wood you can have attractive wood mulch for free)

Straw bale garden

Landscaping fabric

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:

  • Newspaper*
  • Cardboard*
  • Egg cartons*
  • Printer paper, looseleaf, etc. in thick layers*

*try to make sure you are using paper that has vegetable-based dyes, so you aren’t leeching toxins into the soil.

Soil density/drainage

  • If your soil is compacted and you have plants that require low levels of water, or excellent drainage, add sand. I don’t recommend stealing it from the beach, but ask around and you’d be surprised at how easy it is to get for free. Sawdust also improves drainage. Adding organic matter and mulch encourages worms, who also till and aerate compacted soil.
  • If the area still needs drainage, dig a hole and fill it with bricks or rocks to create a “dry well
  • For drainage in pots, add crushed bricks, terra cotta pot fragments, packing peanuts, small stones, marbles, orsand to the bottom under the soil layer. I find these in construction sites, on craigslist, or at flea markets.

Pots and growing containers

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.

Wattle raised beds

Rubber tire gardens

Hugelkultur

An herb spiral

Hanging gardens in cans (2)

Trellises and supports

Many plants need external support, such as stakes of trellises, to thrive.

  • Rebar can almost always be salvaged cheaply or free and makes a great trellis, arch, or purgola
  • Build trellises and supports out of the pliable young stems of plants like willow

Rebar trellis/arch

Living willow arch/trellis

Paving

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

Greenhouses and cold frames

Window greenhouse

Palet cold-frame

Seeds and plants

  • Swap seeds with other gardeners
  • If you see a plant you like at someone’s house, ask for seeds or cuttings
  • Save seeds every year and build a library of options. Here is a great guide to seed saving.
  • Save seeds from foods you like from the grocery store: consider growing peanuts, ginger, garlic, peppers, or a walnut tree: all of these and more can be planted from store-bought produce.
  • Learn to take cuttings. There is a tonne of info on the web about basic cutting propagation, layering, (like I do with rhododendrons) air layering, and numerous other techniques to take clones of plants you like. This saves going to a nursery and shelling out big bucks for all the variety you want.
  • For cuttings, willow tea and honey are great rooting hormones/antiseptics/anti-fungal agents, which can save you $40 if you were thinking of buying commercial rooting hormone.
  • You can root cuttings in a potato! (See my methods for rooting “borrowed” plants here)

Air layering

Rooting cuttings in potatoes

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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.

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Transportation

on Nov 11, 2018

~ the pondering muse🌙
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...​​​​​​​

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. …

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Butterfly Friendly Trees & Shrubs

on Nov 07, 2018

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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

Shrubs:

American Hazelnut - Beneficial to 31 different species

Arrowwood Viburnum - Beneficial to 104 different species

Ninebark - Beneficial to 40 different species

Other Beneficial Plants & Trees:

Pin Oak

Rough- Leaved Dogwood

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Prairie Rose

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.

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Espalier

on Nov 07, 2018

Espalier - FineGardening​​​​​​​

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:

How to Espalier Apple Trees

How to Espalier

Espalier

*All links are clearnet!

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Vampires

on Nov 04, 2018

martymcdyke:

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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Forests

on Nov 02, 2018

zandraart:
“the walker
”
~ the pondering muse🌙
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...

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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.

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Trees

on Oct 30, 2018

gemennair:
“ Day 3: Yavanna Kementari
“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...​​​​​​​

“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:

Trees talk to each other and recognize their offspring

Do Trees Talk to Each Other?

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

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Mycology

on Oct 29, 2018

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.

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Learn Basic Mushroom Terminology

Yellow Elanor’s Mushroom Life Cycle

Yellow Elanor’s Instagram | Full of different amazing mushrooms found in nature

(All links and images are clearnet)

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Underground

on Oct 28, 2018

azerothian-details:
“Zandalar || The Steamway
”
~ the pondering muse🌙
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...

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.

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Evolution

on Oct 28, 2018

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…

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Mining

on Oct 26, 2018

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?

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Body Modification

on Oct 24, 2018

monstrifera:
“ Fluorescent body paint + uv light.
🌌 More of my work here 🌌
”
~ the pondering muse🌙
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...

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?

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Plants

on Oct 23, 2018

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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Donella Meadows

on Oct 22, 2018

"We don't need bigger cars or fancier clothes. We need self-respect, identity, community, love, variety, beauty, challenge and a purpose in living that is greater than material accumulation."

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