In reality my generation has largely become immersed in speed, motion and excitement. This ledds to us ignoring a very human tendency of being a part of the food system that sustains each of us.
There are slower foods that will survive in the background of our lives and aid in human nutrition.
By doing this, People interested in helping themselves will creatively overcome consequences of the speed we all feel.
The best foods to nurture for high speed lifestyles are perennials and, decomposers like mushrooms and fermentated foods. Sun or shade, small or large spaces, these are real solutions that this post will eventually reveal. 3 months ago
i have scallions in the windowsill growing in water. sprouts (alfalfa, lentils, radish) are germinating in the closet. finally, despite prison-like skyscraper apartment complex conditions, i am cultivating healthy plants to put in my body. 3 months ago
i took a nibble from the cuttings and my is it quite flavorful! despite lacking fresh soil, the second growth seems to retain a lot of flavor. just added more supermarket bulbs (greens in the pasta sauce) to the cup. never enough scallions! 4 months ago
so i read this nifty little tip online. when you cook with scallions, put the roots and bulbs in a glass of water on your windowsill and watch them grow back! it’s supposed to take only a few days. once i’m cooking with something grown right here in my apartment, i’ll mark this as done. 4 months ago
long ago someone ranted to me about the wonders of growing sprouts in your kitchen. i was all ears, but time passed and life swept me up and i forgot. browsing the web i was reminded again! what a perfect way to grow food in my apartment. this fits perfectly with both my goal of being frugal AND i could use it to make sushi (another goal of mine)! it’s good when things come together. and it’ll be a fun hobbby.
i looked at www.sproutpeople.org and love the sound of radish! 4 months ago
The torrential rains are here again. I don’t know how things are fairing at the moment but the strawberry plant looked brilliant this morning. Hopefully the blackberries are fairing well also.
At least the blackberries are transplanted wilds so they are hearty as hell, I hope the strawberries are just as resilient, my daughter just loves eating a fresh one that she picked herself. I adore the look on her face as she sees the berries mature and asks daily, “can I eat it yet momma?” totally makes my heart happy. 11 months ago
So far I have grown borlotti beans, french beans, broad beans, carrots, radish, courgettes, acorn squash, pumpkin, potatoes, garlic, an apple tree, red and yellow raspberries, strawberries, alpine strawberries, rosemary, parsley, basil, globe artichoke, three types of hot pepper.
Everything apart from the raspberries is prone to slugs – and being a wet area, we have SO MANY slugs.
Need to think of a way to counter their destructive actions. They completely trashed all the beans this year – we have only had six broad beans (beans, not pods, that’s six BEANS), the potatoes are gutted, carrots and radishes never got off the ground. The tomatoes have survived because they’re in handing baskets, but not a big cop – small trailing plants rather than big, plum tomatoes plants in the ground. I don’t want to eat food second hand from slugs.
There is a pond with frogs in next door garden – predators.
We have so many stone walls with places for slugs to hide and breed. The garden at the back is very steep into the back of the house – north facing, not very light, very damp, not a good place for birds.
We could give the whole back to things that might grow better – blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, dry herbs like lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary – and concentrate on some key crops in the front that we raise off the ground in raised beds?
Trying to figure out how to use copper to help. Have tried coffee, sand, grit, env. friendly slug pellets, picking off by hand. 21 months ago
too bad i can never seem to keep even a houseplant alive. oh, all of the leafy tears that have decomposed in my series of tiny apartments. 1 year ago