Tyler Ludens wrote:n my experience, "pests" are indicators of unhealthy plants and not a problem on healthy ones. Many other creatures depend on bugs for food, so we probably don't want to be vacuuming them up on a large scale (or poisoning them, or destroying their habitats, etc).
Burl Smith wrote:A fellow sailor fished a PennyFarthing bicycle out of a French harbor and used garden hose to make tires
Chris Kott wrote:Why is a full-grown human adult of average intelligence doing work that a souped-up zoomba can do?
Chris Kott wrote:One iteration I see is the following. Imagine a field dotted with regularly-spaced centre-pivot irrigation systems, with the edges of the circles separated by access paths. Now instead of sprayers, imagine the gantry of the centre-pivot system outfitted much like a CNC machine or 3D printer, but with heads with interchangeable tools well-suited to minimal, or ideally no-till, systems, such as seed drills, and perhaps a weeding tool.
This centre-pivot stationary cultivator could be programmed with an intensely complicated polyculture pattern that takes in every variable we can think of and accomodates for it, and could plant it's whole surface area according to square-foot gardening spacing and companion planting, could remember what seed is planted where, to reseed in the event of non-germination, or to transplant seedlings to empty spaces instead of thinning, to regularly eliminate "weeds" (I don't normally use the term, but in the case of something so intricately balanced, that's exactly what they'd be, or they'd be sewn intentionally), and to harvest faster-maturing crops from in-between slower-maturing ones and reseed with something else.