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WATCH: Community Gardens – #SolutionsWatch

The earth is abundant. If you don’t believe me, just join your local community garden.

Join James Corbett for the latest edition of Solutions Watch as he takes a trip to Osaka to learn about Japanese organic gardening and gets his hands dirty in the soil.

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Nigil
Nigil
Dec 9, 2023 9:58 PM

Iv said before on these pages I have a community garden project in the Merseyside Wirral area for anyone interested. Would be good to get some more like minded folk on board.
Thanks

Pete S
Pete S
Dec 9, 2023 9:05 AM

I just got a promo code for 30L containers at oaklandgardens (UK only) use code “Simplify30” for a healthy discount.

I use them for potatoes and carrots, but you can grow pretty much anything in them. It’s actually easier than buying them at the supermarket, easier than building a load of raised beds or cultivating a weedy garden to get started. I got 6-9lbs of spuds per container and ~6lbs of carrots.

For spuds fill 1/3 full of soil/compost plant 2 evenly spaced seed potatoes and fill them up, look for a variety called “Sarpo Mira” for a blight resistant variety, a mulch of fresh grass clippings will help prevent them drying out in the heat of summer. For carrots fill them up and draw a spiral seed drill with your finger, thin the seedlings to about an inch apart with scissors when they’re about a inch high for best results. Harvest as you need them, move unharvested tubs into the shed/GH/frost free area before the first frost for storage so you can harvest them fresh as you need them.

For self sufficiency you’ll need at least 125 M2 per person, it’s a lofty goal so if you’re new to gardeing or just want to increase your resiliancy, just plant some staple crops and have a go.

Some free resources on Youtube:

Simplify Gardening: (where I got the code from) Tony is an excellent plansman he has loads of tips for getting started.

Terry Kings Gardening on a Budget: brilliant channel for veg gardening on the cheap

Steves seaside allotment and gardening: Steve is a retired IT professional who has become self sufficient for his whole family from just 2 allotments and a small garden. He has tons of free online resources for garden planning, planting shedules, planting guides, rotation planning etc. all the links are in the discriptions for every video, a brilliant free resource, he has an app for that.

Charles Dowding: Gardening Legend, promoter of the “No Dig” gardening method, probably the easiest most productive, organic gardening method out there.

Garden Like a Viking: want to make all your own organic fertilisers and pest controls on the cheap? Nate will show you how, a proponent of the JADAM Korean Natural Farming low cost organic farming methods.

Huw Edwards: Promoter of Permaculture methods, he has just built a 125 sq M self sufficieny garden as a showcase for his channel, very professional channel if you can stomac all the ads and product placements.

For a better Youtube viewing experience install AdblockUltimate on your browser!

Hope that helps!

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 9, 2023 9:50 AM
Reply to  Pete S

Excellent advice Pete.
Nothing like getting dirt under your nails.🌱🥔🥕🥦🍅🍓🍆🥒🥬🍇

judith
judith
Dec 9, 2023 12:52 PM
Reply to  Pete S

Thanks!

santadoesnot
santadoesnot
Dec 14, 2023 9:46 PM
Reply to  Pete S

Thank you Pete

NickM
NickM
Dec 9, 2023 7:33 AM

“A friend of mine used to work in advertising and drive around to his clients in a large, imposing car with a large imposing chauffeur to match. Then he bought a farm, and now he drives to work in a tractor.” — Peter Mayle, Toujours Provence.

Mayle also extols the health benefits of digging, bending, lifting, stretching, pruning, sawing, tugging and lugging the fruits of the earth. And seeks a reason from his personal observation of Provencal farmers, for the obvious health benefits of hard physical work and eating potatoes roasted in lard.

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 9, 2023 3:29 AM

Re: the Gaza situation,

One peculiarity I’ve noted about Western and especially American bloggers is this combination of an intense naivete with overwhelming arrogance whereby the middle East situation is put through some lens of liberal affluence in which the case of “the Jews” in general and Israel in particular seems to block all awareness of actuality I.e. these bloggers seem to float on some wondrous abstract level. And by Christ can they waffle on and on. And it’s all the most excruciating self deluding bollocks.

It’s a product of comfortable isolationism. These Westerners are the bourgeois TV watchers of the world, submitting everyone else to their juvenile “analysis”.

And to prove my point, the Graud has a piece titled “Widespread destruction in Gaza puts concept of ‘domicide’ in focus”.

“Domicide” means “the destruction of home at the time of war”. Yes it’s so comforting to make up new words whilst watching from a distance!

NickM
NickM
Dec 9, 2023 9:05 AM
Reply to  George Mc

A voice from the real world.

The Guardian is read by “the chattering classes”. And its readers love words more than trying to imagine the reality of families who are not only homeless but targeted: bombed, starved, thirsty, maimed and burned but without medical care because their hospitals have also been bombed.

It’s not just “domicide” — it’s genocide.

The blathering idiot who constructed that word doesn’t even know Latin. Occidere means to die; to be killed. You can’t “kill” a house: houses can be rebuilt. What the Yahoo regime is doing is killing the people who live in those houses; you can’t rebuild the dead. And you can never erase the fear inside a child who has been bombed out of its family shelter into the thunderous storms, the lighning and the cold and driving rain of a Palestinian winter..

les online
les online
Dec 9, 2023 2:46 AM

‘Makes me pine for the return on Merrie England’…(anon)…

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 9, 2023 1:46 AM

Gardening:
It’s a lot cheaper than drugs or psychotherapy and you get tomatoes!

mgeo
mgeo
Dec 9, 2023 8:02 AM
Reply to  Johnny

The earth is abundant, but we have ways of making it barren or even poisoned, so that you drop such ideas if independence.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 9, 2023 1:44 AM

Sorry, off topic again.
Abu Ghraib revisited.
Nothing changes but the place names and the names of the victims:

https://www.winterwatch.net/2023/12/idf-strips-civilians-and-displays-them-on-the-street/

NickM
NickM
Dec 9, 2023 7:37 AM
Reply to  Johnny

“La pazza bestiale” — Leonardo da Vinci, on expression in drawing a battle.

Israel expressing animal frenzy in war.

tony_opmoc
tony_opmoc
Dec 9, 2023 12:42 AM

My wife was photographed and published working in our eco Community Garden..local newspaper…every Monday after swimming – and working with her friend – on her allotment in the same field…All the disabled were invited..and worked hard…you can dig can’t you..and did…

None of the food was sold from the eco Community Garden which they had all helped grow themselves.

I was just so proud of my wife..with the wheelbarrow…in the middle between the two flower pot men….

She does Our Garden Too

The Children Especially Totally Love Her…

She can make herself seem the same age..just like them….

15 runaway – ok spend the night with us and your friends nice warm home

“we will runaway together tomorrow”

No – You have to phone the Police to say you are missing..

She pleaded with her new best friend..My wife…can you phone the Police, and let my My Mum know I am OK – but I don’t want her to beat me up again.

The Police and Social Services were Totally Brilliant – and her friends – who asked me. can our friend come home…I was up a ladder at the time… I said fine ask your Mum…What’s wrong? I knew something was, cos they don’t normally ask.

Johnny
Johnny
Dec 9, 2023 12:22 AM

Sorry, off topic.
Hollywood does the moonwalk. Again.
Only this time it’s ‘real’ because a Hollywood hero is behind it.

http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-092023a-the-moonwalkers-journey-with-tom-hanks.html

George Mc
George Mc
Dec 9, 2023 12:39 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Well I suppose it gives Hollywood a little break from all that Holocaust gore.

Scamdemic
Scamdemic
Dec 8, 2023 11:37 PM

I hope you guys will plant a garden in Gaza soon…
In the mean time here’s a music video to brighten up your day..

https://rumble.com/v3zwymj-viva-palestine.html

Marfanoid
Marfanoid
Dec 8, 2023 10:10 PM

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