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  2. Consumer Rehab- Day 150!

    Hey Buddies!

    I have been really sucky with actually writing things for this Blog, although I do remember to put down the recipes and stuff I’m doing, just not the essays of info.  So here I go!

    Since early this year( Im talking January!) I have been searching out all the Permaculture design courses i could find that would give scholarships. Its been in my plan to kinda switch gears from being so( and only ) physical in my work. I totally understand that being involved with nature will also mean that I have to physically work hard but right now I work as a dance teacher/ dancer and personal trainer to pay my bills. I LOVE my jobs, I really do. But it can be very exhausting answering the same things, doing the same warm-up, thinking up numerous combos a week. 

    I have spent the last 23 years of my life pretty much just focusing on dance or teaching dance. I really hope that the next few years allow me to spread myself out more. As homesteading and permaculture become more and more important to me it would be nice for my “work” to follow suit.  I get a little bit like a giddy school girl when I learn neat little factoids about plants. For example did you know that sagebush and lavender are 2 of MANY flame resistant plants!! Makes sense, you always see them on the mountains of hot and dry land! AMAZEBALLS!

    But needless to say I got offered 2 scholarships for PDCs( permaculture design courses) and BOTH didn’t run due to lack of interest! Super disappointing!

    So I say FUCK IT.. I’m going to teach myself everything that I can and hope that I can somehow develop myself in this field. I’m still hoping that sometime soon Ill be able to take the course because our culture just LOVES little pieces of paper saying that you have completed some money sucking schooling. BS! 

    So Im starting my reading with GAIAS GARDEN by Toby Hemenway. I just happened to be walking by a used book store and there it was in the window. So far I’m on page 25 and I friggin love it. Lots of practical knowledge packed in there. 

    For those of you who have NO idea what permaculture is. Ill show you in pictures. 

    "Typical" gardening

    You’ll notice

    • Super neat and tidy
    • Waste of space( around the raised bed and in the rows)
    • Separation of the plants
    • Each plant fends for itself
    Now Permaculture/ ecological gardening looks like this!
    • Jammed packed with growing potential 
    • Great variety in plant growth 
    • It’s designed so one plant can help another. After time these kind of gardens require less labour, attract many happy insects, birds and animals. Most are edible. Its like a jungle you can pick and eat from. 
    • realized and used the fact that all plants have more that one use or function and tries to maximize it!
    Hope that helps?
    My partner and I have also been trying to expand our plant identification skills and their uses. Last weekend we did a nice little walk and started naming types of ferns, trees, shrubs and even found a few new ones that we were able to find in our handy dandy book. 

    Things I  have done the past few weeks

    • Took a bee keeping works shop! I love bees!
    • Renewed some cast irons
    • Knitted some scrubbies for my cast irons pans out of gardening twine
    • Been pretty obsessed with learning more about the uses of plants in my area. Food, medicine, twine.. ect.
    • Went on my first canoe trip with my partner and camped out.. it was amazing. Even if there was wolf spiders!

    Oh YAH!- I still haven’t bought anything else new. So I’m still at a mop head and a backpack!! SUCKAS!

  3. Here are some things I didnt know.. 

    (Source: kathryncamillefitness, via impulsivefarmer)

  4. Broccoli baby! (Taken with instagram)
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    Broccoli baby! (Taken with instagram)

  5. Nearly lost my shit when the seedling fell off the shelf. But good news, they look like they’re making a comeback!! (Taken with instagram)
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    Nearly lost my shit when the seedling fell off the shelf. But good news, they look like they’re making a comeback!! (Taken with instagram)

  6. The Impulsive Farmer: Soaring Food Costs Mean a Garden is as Good as Gold

    gardenup:


    Unless you haven’t eaten in the past several months, or you already grow all of your own produce, you’ve probably noticed that food prices have been rising dramatically. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index Data for March 2012, the…

    (Source: howdogardener.com)

  7. Newly developed side yard! So excited to grow more food!
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    Newly developed side yard! So excited to grow more food!

  8. I loves me some dandelion!
herbalhealing:

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Volumes could be written on the many uses of dandelion - indeed they have been! This common weed is often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of us in love with dandelion and its many uses happily support it taking over our lawns.  Every part of the dandelion can be used as food or medicine, making back door herbalism simple and easy, as it should be. 
When the first spring leaves pop up out of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with salads, made into a delicious pesto, or dried for tea.  The leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals. The French call this plant pissenlit, which alludes to its strong diuretic properties. A tea of dandelion leaves is a great way to flush excess  water from the system.  When eaten with meals, the bitter taste of the leaves helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.
The root is a great ally for the liver. It can be tinctured or eaten fresh in a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can help clear up acne and other skin disruptions with the root cause being a stagnant liver. Most herbalists agree that long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results.

    I loves me some dandelion!

    herbalhealing:

    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

    Volumes could be written on the many uses of dandelion - indeed they have been! This common weed is often hated and poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of us in love with dandelion and its many uses happily support it taking over our lawns.  Every part of the dandelion can be used as food or medicine, making back door
    herbalism simple and easy, as it should be. 

    When the first spring leaves pop up out of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with salads, made into a delicious pesto, or dried for tea.  The leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals. The French call this plant pissenlit, which alludes to its strong diuretic properties. A tea of dandelion leaves is a great way to flush excess  water from the system.  When eaten with meals, the bitter taste of the leaves helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.

    The root is a great ally for the liver. It can be tinctured or eaten fresh in a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can help clear up acne and other skin disruptions with the root cause being a stagnant liver. Most herbalists agree that long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results.

    (via impulsivefarmer)

  9. oldboychoi:

How to make a 2-liter SIP (sub-irrigated planter)
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    oldboychoi:

    How to make a 2-liter SIP (sub-irrigated planter)

    (Source: verticaltheory, via impulsivefarmer)

  10. Solar Dehydrators!! Great little video that gives you enough info to make your own!

    (Source: youtu.be, via )