Homemade Plant Fertilizer: Urine + Ashes

Nitrogen is the biggest bottleneck in post-fossil-fuel food production. Before the advent of the Haber-Bosch process, which compresses atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and hydrogen (H2) into ammonia fertilizer (NH3), nitrogen was harvested everywhere it could be found, from remote islands covered in bird droppings (even leading to a war) to domestic dung heaps. Surprisingly enough, the … More Homemade Plant Fertilizer: Urine + Ashes

Low-Tech COVID 19: Garden Planning Considerations

This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. The Fisherman & the Little Fish A poor Fisherman, who lived on the fish he caught, had bad luck one … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Garden Planning Considerations

Low-Tech COVID 19: Borrow Gardening Tools from Us for Free

This is part of an ongoing series of #LowTechResilience to COVID-19. We’re concerned enough about the pandemic and economic effects to encourage you, and anyone who will listen, to start thinking ahead — months ahead. We’re pushing people to plant #ResilienceGardens (see our posts here). We want to help out while maintaining social distance. Maybe … More Low-Tech COVID 19: Borrow Gardening Tools from Us for Free

Foodmageddon: Seeds!

To grow most of the food we’ll need for the next year, we’ll need seeds. If not for this study, I wouldn’t be buying all of these seeds. I’ve saved about half of these seed varieties from previous years of gardening, but my tomatoes and squash lines have been interbreeding and losing vigor. As you … More Foodmageddon: Seeds!

Foodmageddon: Grow, Glean, and Forage Over Two Million Calories for a Year?

Our grow-your-own project is underway. Right now, we’re in the planning stages. In February, we get a month of “business as usual,” to order and plan for the upcoming decrease of fossil fuels in our food system. Starting in March, we’ll only have a quarter of our trips to the grocery store and less shipping … More Foodmageddon: Grow, Glean, and Forage Over Two Million Calories for a Year?

Putting Strawberries to Bed for the Winter. Wait “straw”berries?

I was recently in our perennial fruit plot spreading straw over the strawberry beds. I was thinking of the word strawberry as I worked. In German, it is Erdbeere, which means “earth berry.” In Spanish, fresa, which comes from the Latin Fragum and can be compared to French fraise and Italian fragola. Most food words in … More Putting Strawberries to Bed for the Winter. Wait “straw”berries?