Here is a photo of a big steaming pile of s**t. Actually, nice fresh stinky horse manure. I’m going to put it to good use. In trying to figure out how to keep our greenhouse heating costs down, I thought…
Weeds are specialists. Having learned something in the battle for survival, they will survive under circumstances where our cultivated plants, softened through centuries of protection and breeding, cannot stand up against Nature’s caprices. Weeds, therefore, may be grouped according to their peculiarities. There are three major and several minor groups. The major groups are our main teachers, indicating through their mere presence and multiplication what is wrong.
The first major group comprises of weeds living on acid soil and indicating increasing acidity. To this group belong the Sorrels, Docks, Fingerleaf Weeds, Lady’s Thumb, and Horsetail on slightly acid soil.
The second major group indicates a crust formation and/or hard pan in the soil. Here belong the Field Mustard, the Horse Nettle, Penny Cress, Morning Glory, Quack Grass, the Camomiles, and Pineapple Weed.
The third major group consists of those weeds which follow human steps and cultivation, frequently spreading out with compost, manure, and wherever man “walks”. Here belong Lamb’s Quarters, Plantain, Chickweed, Buttercup, Dandelion, Nettle, Prostrate Knotweed, Prickly Lettuce, Field Speedwell, Rough Pigweed, Common Horehound, Celandine, Mallow, Carpetweed, and other similar plants, all too frequent companions of our gardens and yards.
Minor groups consist of those which show up here and there - they are not necessarily WEEDS - unless encouraged by man. They are, more-or-less, an extension of nature into the realm of man.
“Weeds are weeds only from our human egotistical point of view, because they grow where we do not want them. In Nature, however, they play an important and interesting role. They resist conditions which cultivated plants cannot resist, such as drought, acidity of soil, lack of humus, mineral deficiencies, as well as a one-sidedness of minerals, etc. They are witness of man’s failure to master the soil, and they grow abundantly wherever man has ‘missed the train’ - they only indicate our errors and Nature’s corrections. Weeds want to tell a story - they are nature’s means of teaching man, and their story is interesting. If we would only listen to it we could apprehend a great deal of the finer forces through which Nature helps and heals and balances, and sometimes, also has fun with us.”—Weeds And What They Tell, by E. Pfeiffer
It seems Geoff Lawton is currently in the middle of releasing a series of free Permaculture videos covering practical application and some things like considerations to make before purchasing a property, which haven’t been widely covered in a video like this before. So far there are 4 videos total (though he says in the 4th that it is the 3rd) and they range from 22min-38min in length and have good recording quality and clear explanation by Geoff himself.
Current video list is as follows:
Surviving the Coming Crises
Property Purchase Check List
5 Acre Abundance on a Budget
Urban Permaclture: The Micro Space
You’ll have to give up your email address to sign in and get access, but it is free and it does not seem likely that your email address will be misused or sold. In fact it looks like Geoff might be putting together an online PDC so if anything they may use your email to let you know about that, besides simply letting you know when each new video in the series is released.
Monsanto lobbyists have successfully pushed a last minute change into the Continuing Resolution spending bill which was approved by U.S. Congress recently. If not vetoed by President Obama, this will give Monsanto immunity from U.S. government action regarding the safety of any and all new GMO crops and will take away the Judiciary system’s constitutional mandate to review GMO crops to ensure the safety of both consumers and the environment.
Again, this has already been passed by congress so if you are against this, the only way to stop it now is to get President Obama to veto this bill when it reaches his desk.
Food Democracy Now has a petition currently organized to tell President Obama to veto it at fooddemocracynow.org.
Hi, my name is Täs (Taush) and my partner and I are getting ready to make a move from Arkansas to Washington. We are going to be building a super-adobe earthbag house on 10 acres of land outside of Olympia, and simultaneously fostering a permaculture food-forest with the aim of self-sustainability. I am looking to meet any fellow permaculturists, and gardeners from WA in order to chat about the growing season, and possibly to swap seeds in the future. If you could post this I would be grateful!
Washington permies, check it out! Best wishes on your journey.
this year on our farm we used a technique new to us called hugelkultur. it has become one of my favorite of the permaculture practices that we’ve integrated. the term is german for “mound culture.” basically we made mounds of brush (mostly dead sunflower stalks, tree branches left from pruning, and woody materials too thick for the compost pile), then added some green material, then straw, then a layer of compost, then a layer of topsoil. let it sit for a few weeks then planted in it. the results have been amazing! everything that grew in the hugelkulturs this year were our most successful plants, and produced leaps and bounds over the others that we planted in the ground, and even in the raised beds. the theory is that because the hugelkultur piles are continuing to breakdown as the plants are growing, it holds more moisture, heat, and nutrients, and then provides more to the plants ongoing, and with a lot less work i might add. it’s been a great solution to our continual issue of working very compacted clay soil. rather than forcing the soil to change rapidly, we’re building the soil from the top, therefore less tilling, digging, and amending.
check it out…
created this mound in late jan./early feb…
same mound in late april from opposite side…
this is around june
august in full glory (from original view)…
august in full glory (opposite view)…
and this is our three sisters mound (corn, beans, squash)…
Right. The "Fuck Yeah [X]" thing is just a common tumblr thing that I guess not everybody understands. It's not really meant to be offensive, it's just an unabashed show of enthusiasm for something. It may not be for everybody and it's unfortunate that in this case a teacher can't recommend it to a student despite the wealth of information, without worrying about being sued or fired, but they could certainly send their students to the individual original sources that this blog posts things from.
I am not a prude. I teach high school and am well liked with my students--so I am a realist... but I gotta tell you that the title of your blog makes it seem immature and low brow.You have really good information but why choose such a base name? I cannot in good conscience reblog or share information from a source named "Fuck Yeah, Permaculture." Nothing personal, just a thought.
The “fuck yeah” tumblrs are always about that one subject and nothing else. For example “fuck yeah lightglobes" would be a blog all about lightglobes, y’know? It wasn’t an original idea.
One day about a year ago, I was looking for a blog about permaculture, and typed in fuckyeahpermaculture.tumblr.com because that would be the obvious choice. There wasn’t one, and I didn’t know where else to look, so I created it and here we are. I figured that others would look for the same thing, and come across this blog too.
The thing is that this blog at one stage had about 3 followers. It wasn’t always in the tumblr spotlight, or reblogged profusely. But because of the name, people cottoned on to it and now it has over 23,000 followers. Just by the name people can ascertain exactly what the deal is. No nonsense.
Your loss if you don’t want to reblog our awesome information! But we’re keeping the name because it makes sense.
There can be no permanent agriculture without the permanence, diversity and renewability of seed. Unlike industrial monocultures, permaculture depends on the co-operation between different species – plant and animals, perennial and annual.
The seeds of this diversity are at the heart of an agriculture of permanence. This is why you have an extremely important role to play in the Global Campaign for Seed Freedom both to save the diversity of seeds as well as our freedom to save and exchange seeds. Everywhere new laws are being imposed that make seed diversity, seed freedom and seed exchange illegal.
That is why I invite you to play a leading role in the Fortnight for Seed Freedom from 2nd October (Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary) to 16th October 2012 (World Food Day). In the spirit of Gandhi’s satyagraha, we plan to focus especially on the 2nd October (Gandhi’s birth anniversary) as a call for civil disobedience against unjust seed laws, to declare our Seed Freedom.
The Valley Permaculture Alliance’s mission is Inspiring sustainable living in the desert southwest. Programs offered include tours of local sustainable homes, classes, hands-on training, and event demonstration booths. It proudly offers Tour de Coops, the Valley’s only self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops. In 2011 over 600 people toured 20 different backyard coops and got inspired to get chickens of their own! It also produces Shade Tree Programs for APS and SRP (our two major public utilities). Are you interested in “green?” Contact VPC for opportunities, information, and assistance!