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Putting Your Back Into It
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dclarion wrote in rationis
When I earlier wrote of backbreaking work, I wasn't kidding.  Here is the equipment I'm using to do the earthmoving necessary to get the farmstead ready:



I have written of using as few non-renewable resources as possible.  Not only is gluttonously consuming these resources expensive, it's insane.  Continuing on the path of the last hundred years will only make it all the harder when what is left is made unavailable to private citizens.  My back and my arms may not be as renewable as they were thirty years ago, but they are renewable, nonetheless.  The result of shoveling five gallons of soil at a time is this:



A planting bed well on its way to receiving tomatoes and beans, which in turn will become food for my table.  This is what I believe we all must do in order to survive, much less thrive.  This is what I ask each of you to join me in doing.  Wherever you may be, please survive and thrive with me.  It gets lonely out here, sometimes.


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This is amazing. I spotted you via one of the gardening communities and am utterly taken with this.

I'm moving in a few months into a house that has no gardens or landscaping done and have been given free range by the owners to do what I want.

Vegies and fruit trees here we come :) I agree that we need to be far more self sufficient in this day and age.

Thank you. I will try to be as humble as is possible when I say that I have accomplished more in the last six months than the local government-subsidized urban agriculture organization has done in the last three years. Of course, I don't have to follow any rules, either. I technically have no right to be doing what I am doing; the lot is not mine. I am doing this because anyone with any deed or authority has not and will not. So, one less blighted lot, and if I get dinner out of it, so much the better.

EDIT: Fixed a typo

Edited at 2009-03-22 01:41 am (UTC)

That plot you just turned looks so good I want to roll around in it. At least run my fingers through it. Its fantastic.

I started with sand and the infamous red clay, knocked together some boxes and had to start putting good compost in it to bring mine to life.

Since tomatoes are $1 each, I think you will get your work and money back many times over.

Come on over. We can have tomatoes and cottage cheese.

I still need to grab a few cinder blocks to dam the earth, and there is that much again (about 9') to go before I'm through preparing the planting bed. Then comes putting the food in.

What's nice about the soil here is that it's been under overgrowth for years. As each season's growth died, it returned to the soil, making it better and better. There are two lots' worth of overgrowth across the street, so I should be able to harvest and compost it, hopefully getting many seasons of growth from the lots.

It's looking great, well done Diana. :o)

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