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A couple of years ago I went down a rabbit hole debunking ethnobotanist James Wong’s assertion that putting your mushrooms on the windowsill is an easy ‘hack’ to increase their vitamin d content. When I tried to engage James on the subject (we’ve met a few times and were on good terms), he stopped talking to me.
Now I feel like I have to do it again, as I picked up some coffee grounds for the garden yesterday, and when I tweeted the pic I had people parroting James’ opinion that they will kill my plants, based on his 😡 shoddy research and a crappy ‘experiment’ he did in his backyard.
When are people going to stop listening to this idiot? He has moved onto nutrition now, and he has zero nutrition credentials. He has a BSc in Business Administration (seriously, how is that a science?) and an MSc in Ethnobotany, which is a social science, largely anthropology.
Since Hogwarts is not a real place*, I may just move to this totally badass climbing frame library in Vietnam. It has plants, and aquaponic system and chickens. And books, of course.
*By which, of course, I mean I'm a bit old for Hogwarts - unless they do Adult Education classes? If they do, I would totally build one of these in the Room of Requirement.
I've just bought my seed potatoes for my 2019 garden, and I've been pondering the wartime role of Potato Pete, and how that translates to more modern times.
This morning, in my new eco-living community, I am turning my thoughts to wartime hayboxes and fuel-efficient cooking:
In 1894, King Camp Gillette published The Human Drift – a pamphlet advocating a socialist urban utopia, based at and powered by Niagara Falls:
The latest post in my new eco-living Community has 5 wartime 'Potato Pete' recipes that have been given a 21st century makeover :)
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This is the last of LedByDonkeys guerilla ads.
They've crowdfunded £60,000 to have their messages stay up on billboards around the country, but apparently the ad companies won't let you say Fuck in your adverts, so they did this one themselves.
I’m enjoying watching the success of Led By Donkeys, who have been carrying out a guerilla advertising campaign exposing the bollocks politicians have been spouting about Brexit, and are now having no trouble crowdfunding their campaign to actually pay for billboards and ensure the posters stay up for a month :) https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/by-donkeys
I think Gillette’s advert raises issues that people need to think about, but if they were really worried about gender issues, they wouldn’t charge women more:
This is just bloody awesome, and I love the physical seed library they have made: http://www.connectedseeds.org/visit
“The Connected Seeds Library lives at Spitalfields City Farm in east London. A seed library works a bit like a regular book lending library. In order to borrow seeds from the library you will need to become a member. Members can take seeds home to grow, and are encouraged to return some of the seeds to the library at the end of the season, in order to maintain the stock of available seeds.”
In the UK the seed potatoes have arrived in the shops and people are holding Potato Days (seed potato sales) across the country. It’s too cold yet to plant them out, so it’s chitting time! https://theunconventionalgardener.com/blog/seed-potato/
In Nature in 2009, scientists were talking about 9 planetary boundaries, 'safe operating limits' for our home. When they wrote the article, 3 had already been crossed - biodiversity loss, climate change and the nitrogen cycle.
It's worth noting that although it looks as though we were doing fine on atmospheric aerosol loading and chemical pollution, those risks had not been quantified at the time.
I did design a garden once, though. It was round. All gardens should be round. None of this square business. And it has chickens, but you can do it without the chickens.
It's called the Circle of Life garden, and it's all about COMPOST and food.
I want to live in a cleaner, kinder, fairer world. Upset about Brexit, and raging about the state of the planet.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.