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
I’ve run out of compost! I’m not half-way through getting my beds in order and I’ve already distributed what I thought was a large pile of black gold. Without going off campus (and out of pocket) to buy more, I’m going to have to get creative to build up some carbon and nitrogen source for … More Compost Goals — via Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
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
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
We’re hatching chicken eggs
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Everyone and their brother has gotten into sourdough and bread baking during the stay-at-home orders. Why not join them? We have two instructional videos to get you . . . er . . . started with sourdough. Just like sourdough starter, you should share! Send these links to a friend.
For the last few years, I’ve been tracking my horticultural hours as part of my hour-per-day gardening series. The goal was to quantify just how much time it took me to grow what I did each year. We have a big garden and people often commented that it seemed like it would take a lot … More Foodmageddon: Work!
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!
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?
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?