Rufaro Makamure wrote:
We are using the cob( the part that remains after shelling), for making fire for heating up our bathing water and we will use the ash for our compost. In addition to maize we got almost 3kg of beans from the same field. /quote]
Fantastic! These are all great practices. I know we've mentioned this before, but this makes me wonder what sort of perennials you could plant to provide your own mulch. You'd be that much closer to closing the fertility circle and being sustainable.
Rufaro Makamure wrote:Trying to become sustainable is like peeling an onion, trying to solve one thing, makes you see more and more of areas that need fixing.
Rufaro Makamure wrote:I got feed back from my uncle in Hurungwe. He calls the raised beds fertility trenches and he chose that method because it is easier for him to feed his soil and also they are good for draining too much water. He mentions that it is not always too dry though it is getting drier by the years. He started his garden in the early 90s and then it was a lot different from now. I asked him how he makes a living out of this because in the rural area, money is not as common as in towns and usually people grow grains which they can feed on, the whole year. He said he usually barter trades his greens for maize and he sells for cash to teachers from nearby schools. He will send images of how he goes about his salling and of how much he can get in certain period.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:If you're looking to produce grain for your own food, why not try some of Africa's traditional crops of sorghum and millet? They are much more hardy and drought tolerant, and they are much less demanding on the soil.
Rufaro Makamure wrote:I have been enquiring a lot on why millet and sorghum are not popular since they are drought resistant and indigenous plants. The reason why maize meal overtook the two is because of ease in processing corn into mealie meal. There is also more time needed during its growing especially when keeping birds away. It is still being grown but mostly for brewing beer, maybe I will be able to get the processing of sorghum and millet and share this. If we are lucky we will get some from the market for the chickens and successful use could be a good enough reason for planting it in our field and its availability will make its use in our home limitless.
Our roses have not been flowering and I added water amounts now it's a matter of time till we see flowers
The people are sharing with the rain spirits the image of crops ripening and baboons coming down the mountains to feed on them. When the baboons have fed well they walk in style (kongonya, i.e. how the baboons walk) up the cliffs at the end of the day. Thus the people are looking beyond the provision of rain to the kind of harvest that should enable them to feed both their livestock and wild animals.
2018 September I decided to move out of a bachelor's flat that I was renting, and move into a tiny house.
Mostly it was inspired by my sister's stories of sustainable living, which led to my increased interest in alternative lifestyles. Watching amazing videos for example living big in a tiny house by Bryce Langston, opened my mind up and I decided to make some changes, starting with a realistic look at my financial position and taking charge, this is the reason why I had to move out of a bachelor’s flat.
Having done my small design (that suited my budget and schedule of materials), it was time to look for the items in the market. For a moment it looked like an impossible task and the temptation of reversing my decision seemed to be the only logical thing.
I had planned to use some reclaimed materials and I would get them from the nearest auctioneers.
That month prices of goods started to go up, they tripled and they kept going up at a shocking pace. So I had to rethink my design and find much more affordable solutions. The best solution ended up being a wooden cabin I bought from a friend. I moved in, during the rainy season, so water to use was readily available.
I was lucky that I had family to support me during my relocation, my mother and twin sister for financial support and encouragement and my young sister for moral support. I started my journey to a minimalist lifestyle. I had to get rid of most of my furniture , the comforting thing was that the money was really useful in my transition period. Other things I had to give up, included a convenient location, where I could get everything I needed at a walk-able distance from my home, including walking to work. It meant I had to change a lot of things.
I view my position as a chance to be innovative and to discover if I am able to create a comfortable and convenient home for myself, as I make positive steps towards financial stability.
Rufaro Makamure wrote:... I discovered the use of amaranth as feed for chicken and it grows uncontrolled on some patches. The leaves seem smaller though, than the ones I have been seeing on the internet, even the seeds are so tiny and they are black.
Is there anyone who knows if it is okay to feed any type of amaranth to chickens?
Rufaro Makamure wrote:I am also working on feeding our chickens with maggots. I have been successful in breeding the maggots using the chicken droppings. What is still puzzling me is how to have the maggots drop from a bucket I punched holes in, which I then transfer the maggot and chicken dropping mix in, I saw it online.