#Introductions 🌻 Professional plant person. Fled the city to a fixer upper property; set up a homestead/food forest in the mountains of #Appalachia with my partner and cats. Used to co-run a community garden. Nerd. Hort/ag/food policy is my jam, as well as soil science. Here to learn, and to share what I've learned. I mod r/solarpunk and the solarpunk discord. #diy #solarpunk #gardening #homesteading #foodforest #herbivore
GHOST APPLES 👻🍎
After freezing rain in Michigan, apples that hadn’t been picked got coated in ice. Many fell off the tree. Some had their insides turn to mush as apples have lower freezing points. The mush and skin fell, leaving these “ghost apples.”
📷: Andrew Sietsema
Fingers are sore from potting up 1000s of pansy plugs the past couple of days, but excited for spring! Love the way the pansies smell. #plants
It's kinda cliche in the US to celebrate George Washington Carver during #BlackHistoryMonth, but y'all I just gotta, the man is a complicated, relatable legend.
• #solarpunk - "We can synthesize materials for every human need from things that grow."
• huge plant nerd
• chronic health issues
• frustrated genius
• probably bisexual, possibly gray-ace
• orphan, survivor of slavery and endless racism
• radical Christian
• terrible at capitalism
• early champion of #homesteading, #sustainability
obituary for a friend #death #grief
Let me tell you about him, he was a sweet loving person even during those difficult teenage years. A talented musician with a gentle sense of humor. A humanist who cared about people. He became a pastor focused on loving everyone and interfaith dialogue. He also had a MS and taught children science. He was hit and killed by a driver who was impatient to get around a schoolbus. He leaves behind a grieving family, community, and anyone lucky enough to have known him. The thing is, he wouldn't want people to wallow in grief, he would want it to move them to make the world a better place, one filled with more love, more beauty, more understanding. Requiescat in pace, John.
About to go on a weeding rampage. This is my weeding/guerrilla gardening theme song . Even if you think you don't like this sort of music, try hanging around to Dessa's part (1:40) which is amazing. The lyrics are solarpunk af. "My girl gave me a bolt cutter / We love to break in / Reclaim all the spaces / They forgot they had taken / And all this is ours / It's gonna be what we make it / If only the stars were close enough we would paint them" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWDHxK_HfOw #music #doomtree
Some preview pages of EXISTENTIALLY DISTRESSING PLANT FACTS!
The whole 16-page zine is available free of charge right over here: https://exrook.itch.io/plantfacts
USA, politics, voting, Mitch McConnell
I read some distilling info online and everyone kept referencing this book, so I picked it up. It really doesn't have too much additional information for what you can find already, though there is a section in the back where they give tips on dealing with particular types of plants. #homesteading #diy #herbalism #witch
Found a basic guide for dressing in the cold, in case it is helpful for those enduring and about to enduring dangerously cold weather. Try to stay warm y'all! #weather
Ran across this article on r/solarpunk - https://www.fastcompany.com/90294948/what-happened-when-oslo-decided-to-make-its-downtown-basically-car-free - and thought it was so awesome I started to email local and nearby city council people (they all have online bios, you can figure out who is most left-leaning in case you don't already know). Unexpectedly, I already received a positive response back, they said they were excited and sending it to other council members! It never hurts to suggest good ideas to your local elected officials. They tend to respond best to ideas that other cities are already successfully doing. #speakup #urbanpolicy
Did some weeding, slung a bit of mulch. Feel 500x better about the world, nothing like some solid exercise to help beat the winter blues. This is a picture of our latest mulch pile before we tore into it today. Full size shovel for scale. The white grid bin thingy is a free object we found on the side of the road, it is used to sieve the mulch. #SunDIY #garden #homesteading