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You might like to listen to my latest interview in the Designers of Paradise series on #Regenerative culture and processes.
I spoke with Willemijn de Iongh of the Dutch based Commonland Foundation about her work and where she sees us going forward with community-based ecological restoration.

I think you'll enjoy the conversation. Please share widely, and subscribe (it's free) for more!

https://rasa.ag/willemijn-de-longh-seeing-with-new-eyes/
 
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Busy times, spring! I have my 'new' allotment garden and our community garden group is organising the 'PlantjesDeelDag' (plant swap day) again. It was supposed to be a yearly event, but last year we skipped it. Now I need to have seedlings and cuttings both for myself and for 'swapping'. I had the luck to find something I could change into a miniature greenhouse. See photo.  It was a toddler's play tent, I used transparent plastic to replace some of the sides. It works very well! And some more planters are in the window sil in my living room.

My miniature greenhouse!
 
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Hi! I am also new and I have not had much in common with herbs so far, but I would like to expand my knowledge and skills on how to take care of herbs.
I think it is better to delve into this topic and be able to heal yourself than to take medications that sometimes you don't know what's in them. Team only natural treatment!
 
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Patrycja Green wrote:Hi! I am also new and I have not had much in common with herbs so far, but I would like to expand my knowledge and skills on how to take care of herbs.
I think it is better to delve into this topic and be able to heal yourself than to take medications that sometimes you don't know what's in them. Team only natural treatment!


Hi Patrycja. I totally agree: herbs and natural treatments, that's the way! Did you find other interesting 'threads' in this forum on that subject?
 
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I happen to make some photos of flowers today. It's because I join a photo-competition, organised by some friends. For the competition I need only one photo, but here I can show more.
Enjoy!

This is 'good king henry' (Blitum bonus-henricus)

Not yet flowers, but soon to come. They are of a kale. The leaf is from a different plant (Chelidonium majus).

Wild violets (Viola tricolor) and dead nettle (Lamium purpureum)

More Lamium purpureum

Apple blossom (Malus domestica)

Some member of the brassica-family (I don't know which) in full bloom

Last but not least: a bumblebee on a wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)
 
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Hi, Permies in the Netherlands. How are you doing?
Sorry I didn't write a new post for some time. Too busy ...
A gift to you
If you live in the Netherlands (or have a post address in the Netherlands) you can get one of these small sachets of seeds, real Sepp Holzer grains! To sow in your own garden, or in a pot, or wherever you want. These are seeds I harvested from the Sepp Holzer grain that grew from the seeds I received last year. I only collected seeds out of the 6 best oars (the biggest oars on the longest /strongest stems).
Send me a PM (Purple Moosage) with your address (as I said: only in the Netherlands) and I will send you one of these sachets. About 20 seeds in a sachet.


 
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Sorry. Busy times. Forgot to write a new post here.
But here I have a video, so you can see one of those things I'm busy with:

 
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Thanks for the video (I must learn how to post on youtube!) I love to see what other people are growing, unfortunately I don't speak Dutch. What are the large pale leaved plants at  about 2:10-2:30, quite flat? They don't quite look like brassica?
I like your shelter. Is it to sit out in/ shelter or for growing?
 
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Nancy Reading wrote:Thanks for the video (I must learn how to post on youtube!) I love to see what other people are growing, unfortunately I don't speak Dutch. What are the large pale leaved plants at  about 2:10-2:30, quite flat? They don't quite look like brassica?
I like your shelter. Is it to sit out in/ shelter or for growing?


Hi Nancy. Those plants are a Verbascum species. Of the same family of what's called Mullein in English (or maybe it is the same species). They are not edible, but I like their flowers, beneficial insects do as well.
The shelter, which will be finished next year (I hope. My son works on it when he has time), has three functions: to sit (to hide for a rain shower), to put materials in and a little bit to grow plants too.
 
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Thanks for reply Inge, Stacking functions in the the shelter nicely then. I'd like to build a few shelters in my tree field. Not for anything else but sitting out of the rain and being....
I thought the plant might be mullein. The plant has a nice shape to it. The leaves are supposed to be good as toilet paper alternatives.
 
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Some days ago a very strong storm came along. They named it Eunice, a nice name, but not a nice storm!
This storm was só very strong, it completely blew over my (not yet finished) garden shed!
Now we need a solution: how to put it back up again??? It is really heavy!
And of course we'll have to 'anchor' it to the ground then ...

 
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Hi! I can tell you the garden shed ('tuinhuisje' in Dutch) has returned to its right position (with help of some nice people). More on that later.

I saw this article in Dutch on Sepp Holzer and his book (the Dutch version of it). Interesting (if you can read Dutch language)!
https://www.vonkuitgevers.nl/respectvol-omgaan-met-onze-leefomgeving/
 
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Hi. Did you see my allotment garden? Here's a tour of it I filmed (using my tablet, no editing, trying to speak English ...)

 
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