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#1 PsyBearknot

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:49 PM

Hey all you gardeners of the oddly small spaces

Well it's almost been a year that the Urban Gardens have been open for our posting pleasures and my first foray into moderating a forum.

I'm looking for feedback, concerns and ideas to make our forum better for all of us.

Anything you would like to see different, changed or new?
Anything you feel would be good for a pinned topic?
Anything we could do as a fundraiser for the site ?
Any topics you are a master of and would like to develop?

One thing I have asked is that we should be combined with back to the land forum since there is sooo much that crosses over between the 2 and possibly breaking back to the land out of recreational persuits as it does not seem to fit recreation.

It's our forum and I'd like for your input on how to make better for us and our future members

I look forward to your thoughts.

Thanks
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:02 PM

I feel like plenty of our members must be in a good position to have a little garden, at least a little raised bed or something.  Even a 2' square raised bed is an urban garden, as well as landscaping w/ flowers in the yard.  It might be good to develop a Shit You Need to Know! thread with links to inspirational threads about urban gardening.  That way more people might get inspired to start something of their own.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:14 PM

I've brought up the idea of a small e-book for generating money. 

Straw bale gardening is taking ahold and gaining attention. No one has yet published the idea of deliberately raising gourmet fungi along-side the vegetable garden ..... (yet). 

 

Also working on some larger Lion's Mane projects. Am hoping to make some Lion's Mane sushi rolls - lobster/shellfish knock-off. (Recipe)

We could focus on food storage - fermentation, pickling, pressure canning (More recipes) 

Water conservation - making your water bill offset the grocery budget. Why grow a lawn? = water wasted unless you have grazing livestock. (Improved growing techniques).

I plan to expand upon beekeeping. Just like with all things, I'm reading and preparing. Beehive construction will be completed within the next month or so. It may take a couple of seasons but I plan to expand upon this subject after I learn a few things (or get stung to death). Wish me luck. 

 

Another idea is "social promotion" - "meet the neighbors"

We need to learn to endear our valuable neighbors. Front-yard garden sharing programs, teach the kids fungal and plant horticulture. I've said it before........it's hard for the man to drag you away when your beloved neighbors all stand in protest. 

 

We desperately need to bring back "home remedies" - pre Civil War medicine - lest these practices become forgotten. 

 

Mainly, my thoughts lean toward the preservation of Civil War era medicine and life skills. Things we'll need when the Affordable Health Care Act drives the cost of medicine and medical care beyond the means of the average citizen. 

Things we'll need when Big Agra forces GMO crops into the marketplace and we have no other alternatives.

Things we'll need when "money" no longer has any value. 

 

I speak from a position of having lived and done this. 

I have a severe, crippling back injury. The only solution modern medicine could offer is pain control (pain meds) and a "treatment" program where I get to spend my life savings visiting a "pain specialist" - aka - pharma/opiate dealer. I would be better off (and cheaper) buying my own heroin and cleaning it up in a lab in my fucking garage. 

Well, I discovered Acutonics and message therapy combined with a daily program of yoga. I went from being a crippled opiate addict who was always in acute pain - to being a "normal", rational human being. Shit, I don't even take ibuprofen these days. I changed my diet and revised my life habits (done alone - this was hard). With company, as in a village, these things are easier to accomplish. And with a support group, there is little which can not be accomplished. 

 

I Am the change. 

 

 


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:33 PM

Hi friends, I have a smallish garden, about 15 by 7, and also, a spiral herb garden, which I have previously used only for herbs of cuisine, but am expanding considerably this spring for herbs of healing and health.
I'm glad to run across this forum, and hopefully learn and share.
Thank you!
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:43 PM

Welcome Captin to the urban gardens!

Check out back to the land as well. There are a lot of threads on medicinal herbs that we will be organizing some time soon.
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Posted 12 January 2017 - 05:46 PM

I've brought up the idea of a small e-book for generating money. 
Straw bale gardening is taking ahold and gaining attention. No one has yet published the idea of deliberately raising gourmet fungi along-side the vegetable garden ..... (yet). 
 
Also working on some larger Lion's Mane projects. Am hoping to make some Lion's Mane sushi rolls - lobster/shellfish knock-off. (Recipe)
We could focus on food storage - fermentation, pickling, pressure canning (More recipes) 
Water conservation - making your water bill offset the grocery budget. Why grow a lawn? = water wasted unless you have grazing livestock. (Improved growing techniques).
I plan to expand upon beekeeping. Just like with all things, I'm reading and preparing. Beehive construction will be completed within the next month or so. It may take a couple of seasons but I plan to expand upon this subject after I learn a few things (or get stung to death). Wish me luck. 
 
Another idea is "social promotion" - "meet the neighbors"
We need to learn to endear our valuable neighbors. Front-yard garden sharing programs, teach the kids fungal and plant horticulture. I've said it before........it's hard for the man to drag you away when your beloved neighbors all stand in protest. 
 
We desperately need to bring back "home remedies" - pre Civil War medicine - lest these practices become forgotten. 
 
Mainly, my thoughts lean toward the preservation of Civil War era medicine and life skills. Things we'll need when the Affordable Health Care Act drives the cost of medicine and medical care beyond the means of the average citizen. 
Things we'll need when Big Agra forces GMO crops into the marketplace and we have no other alternatives.
Things we'll need when "money" no longer has any value. 
 
I speak from a position of having lived and done this. 
I have a severe, crippling back injury. The only solution modern medicine could offer is pain control (pain meds) and a "treatment" program where I get to spend my life savings visiting a "pain specialist" - aka - pharma/opiate dealer. I would be better off (and cheaper) buying my own heroin and cleaning it up in a lab in my fucking garage. 
Well, I discovered Acutonics and message therapy combined with a daily program of yoga. I went from being a crippled opiate addict who was always in acute pain - to being a "normal", rational human being. Shit, I don't even take ibuprofen these days. I changed my diet and revised my life habits (done alone - this was hard). With company, as in a village, these things are easier to accomplish. And with a support group, there is little which can not be accomplished. 
 
I Am the change.


Thanks awesome Myc! Thanks for posting...I like the Ebook idea.
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#7 ethnobotanist420

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 07:08 PM

Do we have a garden seed exchange? Like a seed ring? That could be cool... trading veggie seeds and such.

Just thinking out loud.

I REALLY wanna start an indoor veggie and herb garden with some peppers, greens(lettuce, kale, spinach), some fresh herbs for spices and teas, etc. But between all of the hobbies I'm currently involved in it's hard to find the space to put up a little grow area in my apartment lol
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Posted 27 January 2017 - 07:29 PM

I fully intend on doing away with the yard as a grass maker (did I mention I HATE to mow grass, well it's true) :biggrin: .....................if I am able I will have something growing from every available square foot of the ground, a pot, a bale, a barrel, bag, or a bucket.................so help me! I should have been a farmer!

 

 

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 08:22 AM

Arathu, your post reminds me of the bumper sticker: "food not lawns!"


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