Flora Eerschay

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This is the new bed made with this cage. I covered it with elderberry leaves and there is a confused male actinidia in the middle (the female is outside, to the right). In this one I'll grow cucumbers, nasturtiums, columbine, evening stock, peas, pyrethrum, leafy goosefoot, beetroot, onion (which is chaos gardening of whatever seeds I still have left). And corn around for a future fence!

John Kava wrote:Just wondering why is it colored is there any reason for it or just likes to ?

I just had these coloured strings which were useless for anything else.
Also, I thought if I had quail I could put them there to clean up the patch, like a quail tractor. Not this year but maybe next - an idea for small gardens too.
I put this idea in "tips for awkward spots", because every spot is an awkward spot if you have dogs.
There is one that likes to dig up things, especially things that I just planted. Apparently he can't be contained, so my plants had to go into a cage instead :)
So I bought one of these critter runs and I made the mesh on top (took me way too long but it looks pretty!), and now I think it's a great idea not just because of dogs.
First I put wet cardboard underneath, and covered it with soil. The garden hose went under accidentally, but it was useful to have it buried there.

I sowed sweet peas, lettuce, kale and marigolds, and I put a thorny blackberry around just in case...

And they grew beautifully! The mesh was giving some more shade and it was protected not just from dogs.

Today I removed the cage to make a new bed elsewhere. They spread!

I'm making a garden bed in a shower cabin next...
I think, if there is a high quality meat (and organs) involved, the rest can be quite simple. Growing it also may be simpler than growing veggies, most of which are high maintenance crops.

Gray Henon wrote:While studying indigenous cultures, I’ve noticed several that survive on very simple diets, perhaps 3-4 staple foods.

I find this hard to believe. Maybe in very harsh environments, but considering the indigenous knowledge of various plants and animals, which surpasses the knowledge of average "civilized" people, I think they would eat more diverse foods than "us". When a friend of mine moved to the countryside years ago, she said that if she wants to know the name of any roadside plant, she just needs to ask a local child.

My simplification is more in the way I cook it. Often I don't have the time to serve something fancy so it's just broth, in which I throw whatever grew in my garden ;) plus ingredients I buy from local farmers.
1 week ago

Burra Maluca wrote:You want picturesque, how about this sight awaiting you when you arrive?

Haha I'm in! There's no way back :D
I love these stone houses too.
She's @PortugalfromScratch on Youtube. Her project is quite permaculture so she might know Permies too?
I don't know how far you are from her place but Portugal isn't huge anyway... so, I must go land hunting asap ;)

She inspired me to work more with stones, which I'm now putting around my garden pond, glueing them with mud. Next step will be something waterproof so I can raise the pond walls that way.

I heard goats are evil, will eat everything and no fence can contain them :D but friends have goats and they say that it's actually hard to convince them to go out of their enclosure, they barely need any fencing. "It's the how", I guess...

3 weeks ago
What a picturesque story! I'm following another person who moved to Portugal and is sharing her adventures on the internets and I'm now convinced that Portugal is one of the proper locations for me to become a crazy goat lady. Goat milk is my favourite too, although I also like sheep milk.
3 weeks ago
Was she still able to handle the added workload, or was it too overwhelming for her now?
4 weeks ago
Oh wow, you got a nice big polytunnel!
I'm seriously contemplating one too... my neighbours have two already. They made their newer one more pretty with some wooden frames. The plastic doesn't look pretty but it seems more practical... and definitely cheaper than other solutions.
It also gives you some privacy in a dense neighbourhood and a storage space for when you're not growing anything...
I would put a compost bin in mine to heat it, and maybe use it for quail too... and because of that I'm thinking of putting a mesh flat on the ground, and maybe on the floor around the tunnel too. To keep mice, rats and dogs out (we have one dog who is a digger...).
What I don't like about it is that you just have to water it... I'm not a fan of watering plants daily ;) so I wonder if people collect rainwater from polytunnels somehow, and maybe have it redirected inside or collect it in a barrel next to the tunnel?
1 month ago
Cool picture I took yesterday with a calculator, aka my phone! See the little tongue?? That's a tongue, right?
1 month ago
I'm sorry to hear that. A friend is going through cancer too. I'm glad you found something that works and isn't too unpleasant... hopefully.

And I've had to learn about a hundred times more about self-care than I ever wanted to learn.

That sucks. You learn about things you probably didn't want to learn about, even if they're good habits and stuff.
Some advice sounds crazy!
And people do crazy things when they hear about cancer.
Good luck.