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Urban Herbalist and Sundry Other Projects: A Reminder

Discussion in 'Off the Road' started by Faunus, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Faunus

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    I'm kinda putting together a note to self regarding what I'd like to accomplish wherever I am, wherever I end up; a lending library full of reading nooks and porch swings, with a food forest instead of a lawn (GardensNotLawns), with a bunk for whoever wants to help (HomesNotJails), a long table for feasting and fellowship (FoodNot Bombs), clean water, mechanical windmills, and an Urban Herbalist education program to teach the edible and medicinal uses urban "weeds." Raise pigeons for the eggs in a chabutro over the compost-pile, and a fishpond with ducks and turtles. Maybe a couple of Cashmere-Nigerians for the wool and milk, with a dyeing garden. A vardo workshop to tinker/scratch-build wagons and vans for my rubbertramp-loves. An aluminum-bronze forge for tools. A joinery table and a treadle lathe.
    Doesn't have to be a big place, just big enough.

    (Thought I could post this on my personal what-have-ya, that 140c limit's a bidge)
     
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    Notes on a Squat Farm:
    Companion Planting is some Fantastic-Shizz

    Beans: You Can Plant Them From the Boil Bag
    Friends with: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Squash, Strawberries, Summer savory, Tomatoes
    They Get Pissed-off by: Garlic, Onions, Peppers, Sunflowers

    Cabbage: Off With Their Heads
    Friends: Beans, Celery, Cucumbers, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Sage, Spinach, Thyme
    Shit-listed: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Strawberries, Tomatoes

    Carrots: Nature's Happy Little Shiv
    Buddies: Beans, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Radishes, Rosemary, Sage,
    Tomatoes
    Hatred: Anise, Dill, Parsley

    Corn: The American Grain
    Besties: Beans, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons, Peas, Potatoes, Squash
    Sunflowers
    Hold-mah-weev: Tomurders

    Cukes: Good for wat ails ya
    Friendly-like: Beans, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn, Lettuce, Peas,
    Radishes, Sunflowers
    Not-so-friendly-like: Aromatic herbs, Melons, Potatoes

    Lettuce: Leafy and Vitaminy
    Loves: Asparagus, Beets, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn,
    Cucumbers, Eggplant, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Strawberries, Sunflowers, Tomatoes
    No-love: Broccoli

    Onions: It Must Be Hard to Cook if you Anthropomorphize yo Veggies
    Digs: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Lettuce, Peppers, Potatoes,
    Spinach, Tomatoes
    Has bif with: Beans, Peas, Sage

    Peppers: Sweet or Spicy, you pick
    Friendleh: Basil, Coriander, Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes
    Tsy-friendleh ya digg: Beans, Kohlrabi

    Radishes: Red little Radicals
    Comrades: Basil, Coriander, Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes
    Detractors from the Republic's Glory: Kohlrabi, you bourgie fuck

    Tow-Mater: No further pun required
    Crew: Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Borage, Carrots, Celery, Dill, Lettuce,
    Melons, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Radishes, Spinach, Thyme
    Punk-Ass Bidges: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn, Kale, Potatoes
     
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    I just finished my garden work for the day. Unfortunately, I am only putting in work to create soil... with the hope that next spring we can actually plant food.
     
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    That sounds fantastic. :) Chickens, Doves, or Ducks are always helpful for soil prep, and in helping there be some food coming in during the fallow/prep years. What climate are you in?
     
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    @Faunus we're in the desert just over 5,000 elev. It's a rough place to start from scratch. We have a huge dream projects list too, with all the components basicly adding up to a hand-built home in a permaculture oasis.
    I want a library too! I figured it would be a good project to practice building with cob.
     
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    @BelleBottoms That sounds lovely! I'm a bit of a anachronism; I love the self-sustained nature of pre-industrial tech (Franklin, da Vinci, Gutenberg, and all those other Renaissance/"Enlightenment" tinkerers), and there's something about a revolution-style print shop and book-bindery that appeals to me. A digital printer is convenient, but requires lots of electricity, and proprietary ink cartridges... while wood, aluminum bronze, ash, and tallow are scrappable. :) The ability to produce and disseminate information in a relatively fast and tangible form is fascinating to me, and I think an image that stuck with me was a background scene in the TV-show "Revolution," where even in a post-apocalyptic landscape where electricity hadn't functioned for fifteen years, there was a manual print-shop churning out copies of "Deathly Hallows" lol.

    In building a library, might I suggest the research-rabbit hole of low-tech engineering tricks monks used in scriptoriums in preventing damp, and literal bookworms? :) There's a lot of rapidly-fading knowhow regarding the keeping of books in libraries of wood and ceramic architecture, which might be directly relevant.