Composting for Anarchists – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Composting for Anarchists – Organic Gardening – MOTHER EARTH NEWS.   This works with another idea I have had. Crops such as potatoes and tomatoes which can sometimes pass on diseases (like blight) are sometimes suggested to be binned and not composted but that doesn’t sit well with me. Crop rotation is recommended due to diseases in the soil being present and ready to infect the next crop if it’s the same plant family and also because each plant has specific nutrients it requires and the soil will be depleted after a crop. Better to plant something different that uses different minerals or even returns them to the soil (like legumes). Hence, I wondered whether tomato plants could be composted in the garden where they had grown, (aside from clearly diseased plants) thus returning the nutrients the plant has taken back into the soil from whence they were taken. :) If your crop was diseased the soil will likely already contain the pathogens so you shouldn’t plant the same crop again for some years anyway. If someone knows better, please let me know. It’s just a thought I’ve had. :)

Economic growth and climate change

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I’m sure none of this will even cross the minds of J Hockey and T Abbott.

Originally posted on Climate, People & Organizations:

With the coming G20 talks about to kick off in Brisbane, the focus of the agenda centres on economic growth as the panacea for all our troubles. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have been adamant in their focus upon the need to increase economic growth globally. It’s rare, if not impossible to find anyone in the mainstream public debate who questions the wisdom of ever-increasing economic growth. And yet there is a major underlying problem in our collective worship and addiction to growth – climate change.

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Broadly Speaking, It’ll Do

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Sounds JUST like our place! It’ll do. :)
Breaking away from the perception of perfect food is a hard one. Home grown tomatoes look different to the supermarket ones (and taste and smell different (better) too) and homegrown carrots are never as straight as the ones in the ships. However, does the straightness of a carrot affect its taste or just its packageability? They fit better in those plastic bags if they are all a certain size.

Originally posted on Union Homestead:

Self sufficiency is our ultimate dream but we’re not stupid; we know it’s an impossible one.  

There’s no way the Homestead, in this location and this guise, can ever be totally self sufficient.  There will always be the need for a weekly grocery shop, a monthly electricity bill to pay, and there’s no way we could ever grow all our own animal feed. What we can do is put systems and practices in place that limit our reliance on others; be they people, organisations or the planets resources as a whole. It all sounds very grand and egocentric but really it’s pretty basic when you boil it down.

It starts with growing some of your own food.  The scary thing is that gardening is an art steeped in rules of good practice and right ways to do things. There’s the proper planting times and seed depths, full sun verses semi…

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