Straw bale gardening

It’s time to devote some time to learning (and practicing) straw bale gardening. I’ve been aware of this technique/system for a while but have not paid much more attention.

Here’s a great starting point, an article from The Dirt I Occupy “The Amazing Straw Bale Garden“.

And another from No Dig Vegetable Garden.

Here’s an article, “Human urine: An excellent and safe liquid fertiliser for your vegetable garden“, about human urine from Otepoti Urban Organics. It’s a great source of urea (the sraw bales need this added to help with decomposition).

Composting

Common-Sense Compost Making by the Quick Return Method

by Maye E. Bruce

Synopsis

This book describes a way of making compost, i.e. humus, which is simply, labour saving (no turning) and quick, both in ripening the compost and in getting results in the soil. It is adaptible to all conditions and to every size and type of garden, allotment or farm, the process being based on nature’s own methods.

Miss Bruce tells how to make use of the natural heat of disintegration, which liberates the vitality of the plants; how to retain that vitality within the heap, and how to quicken both the disintegration of plants and the energizing of humus by treating the heap with a simple activator. This is a herbal solution which contains in living plant form the chief elements necessary to plant life; formulae are given.

From Vegetable Waste to Fertile Soil affirms a belief in the universality of Life, this Life being manifest in varying ‘rhythms’ in the mineral, vegetable, animal and human kingdoms. Health, productivity and perfection of growth in the vegetable kingdom, says the author, can best be achieved by feeding plants within the ‘rhythm’ of this kingdom.

Common-Sense Compost Making by the Quick Return Method

A 1-acre self-sufficient small-holding

Start-a-1-acre-self-sufficient-homestead

We’re shopping for land in Hungary and while prices are relatively low, when compared to those in Scotland, it’s possible that our budget will only stretch to a 1-, or 2-acre plot. Ideally we’re looking for 4 or 5 acres minimum however 1 or 2 acres will be suitable.

With this in mind I’m collecting information and learning how to “survive” on smaller plots.

Download: Start-a-1-acre-self-sufficient-homestead