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One garden's pest is another creature's dinner.

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Sometimes life is fleeting.
Time flows differently at scales big and small.

Found both a bee and a damselfly that had used their allotment of time in this passing through.

Couple of macro shots.

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Today I was thinking back on how much @winduptoy and I have explored together since we met. Years ago we did a bit of letterpress printing, mostly just for fun, with the occasional wedding invitation job request mixed in. Here are a few throwback photos to our print shop days running the family's Baltimore Jobber. Most of the art here was linocut layered onto printed lego pattern.

The progress of our urban market garden from January 2020 until today. 🤗 It's not just us enjoying this place, but an abundance of wildlife - bats, birds, deer, groundhogs, squirrels, racoons, rabbits, toads, lizards, and insects all working together to make it an oasis of nourishment.

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We've migrated off of Github and Gitlab and now run git on a small home server to host all of our projects. Explaining how to `git init --bare --shared` over SSH while being mindful of all the gotchas and permissions details of running a Linux box isn't really something that everyone cares to master. So I made a simple CGI script to create new repos in one click, all served over our Gemini in-home dashboard. ~50 lines. #selfhosted #gemini

We've made a lot of progress on our rural plot in just a few weeks. We're working to turn this conventionally farmed space into a permanent no-till, biologically restored market garden. So far so good - I expect we'll get a run for our money this season on keeping plants happy. 😅

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A lot of small farmers reuse old clothes washers to spin and dry their greens. We don't have space for such a thing on our small urban plot, so I made this stupid thing. Total cost: $0.00.

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My wife @tickfoot and I harvested and sold our first ever produce this month while small farming as our sort-of full-time job. I'll be publishing the numbers every month as well as a year-end report. Obviously we're not in it for the money. 💸


"What we need is a great, powerful, tremulous falling back in love with our old, ancient, primordial Beloved, which is the Earth herself."

"Does the other person feel uplifted and lighter because they have been with us, or do they feel like something precious was taken from them?" -Deborah Adele, The Yamas and Niyamas

Absolutely beautiful interview with David Zilber on fermentation and so much more.

The Sanskrit word Apana represents the downward movement of energy. Udana, the updard movement of energy. These two opposing forces can be seen in everything in the natural world, micro and macro. Where there is an abundance of Apana there is sadness, darkness, hopelessness, decay. With an abundance of Udana there is positivity, hope, joy, light, and life. Restoring balance is simple - where there is excessive Apana, increase Udana. We can be the Udana in the Apana around us.

In order to have beneficial insects in the garden, they must be fed. And to be fed they need the destructive insects everyone wants to hose down with chem spray. If you want lady bugs, leave the aphids. Want parasitic wasps? Leave the loopers. Want good soil? Feed the worms a feast of bacteria and protozoa. Need bacteria and protozoa? Feed the wild birds. Growing organic food is all about feeding the right crew.

Yesterday I mentioned the use of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) in soil and plant health. Here are some photos of the creation process. Rinse white rice, saving the water (first rinse, poured through the rice a few times) in a jar and let it sit for ~3d. Spoon top residue off. Add 1 part rice water to 10 parts organic milk. Cover jar with cheesecloth and let sit on counter ~6d. Strain, compost curd, refrigerate the yellow liquid. Dilute 1:1000 w/water. Foliar spray or drench.

To encourage and nurture this new biology the steps following tillage included compost application, mulched pathways, mycorrhizal inoculation on transplants, application of LAB (Lactic Acid Bacteria) to soil and plants alongside consistent irrigation. These practices will continue as long as the soil indicates they are needed. LAB is one method of many in the Korean Natural Farming community that we are experimenting with this year. These mushrooms tell me we're heading in the right direction.

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