Saturday, April 25, 2009

How does your garden grow?

Do you have tips on starting a new garden you would like to share?
Anything on Green Energy Projects,
Home improvement for do it your self,
Where to shop online or your favorite store?
What is your emergency plan,
Got canned goods?
Are you growing your own food,
Making your own solar or electricty?
Have a home based business?
Post your comment or blog link here.


Anonymous said...

Start small,

It can get easy to buy all kinds of seeds, and have big plans. When it comes to what starting a garden actually entails however, it can get overwhelming, Especially in the beginning.

Think of your garden like it is a seed. It starts small, but as time marches on, and as more resources are added, it will grow. Eventually, you will have something you can be proud of.

I recommend Gaia's Garden, by Toby Hemenway. I was into gardening before I read it, but even still it opened my eyes to a different way. I have started using many of the techniques he outlined.

Happy gardening,
Ken in Orcutt, CA

Bukko Boomeranger said...

Not so much a gardenint tip as a survival one. Have you ever read this Argentine survivalist's blog, P2? I use the word "survivalist" with trepedation, because that generally means nut-jobs who want to hole up in a homemade fortress so they can shoot anybody who comes near them. (The thing they've always wanted to do anyway, but they're hoping a collapse of civilisation will make it socially acceptable to do that.)

This guy does have a touch of "guns and ammo" to him, but that's because it's actually necessary where he lives in Buenos Aires. He's a 30-something architect who lived through the Argentine currency collapse in 2001. Within weeks, Argentina went from being a country that was relatively prosperous, whose money was good, to being a country where the money was toilet paper, assuming that you could find a branch of your bank open that would even give you some.

Life in Argentina didn't turn into an urban nightmare of roving zombies stealing everything they lay their hands on. But it got much shittier. Everything cost more because there was less of it. Services were still available -- if you were rich. The water and power still came on -- at times. People didn't have to engage in hand-to-hand combat every time they left the house, but crime rates went higher.

I can forsee this happening to the U.S. if there finally is the systemic financial collapse that the top bank maggots keep trying to prevent. If you go back to some of the guy's explanatory posts, you can get a good sense of what that was like. It's got a gritty, "you are there at the deluge" feel.

One of his bits of advice, BTW, is to not make a big show of what, if anything, you've got in reserve. If people don't know you have something, they can't think about taking it from you...