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Forest Garden Plants - Ground Cover Plants for Deep Shade

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2024/02/05
04:28 UTC

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Milk Crate Challenge

The challenge is to get 4 milk crates and have them stacked vertically onto each other, each growing a edible plant that grows out the sides of the milk crate, through the many openings. 4's the minimum but the sky's the limit.

I don't really care what plants or how it's watered, just that it follows that guideline.

I'm planning on doing potatoes and some other food, myself, but in research it got me curious what else can be done, so here we are.

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2024/01/11
17:58 UTC

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Growing food feels expensive and complicated

I want to try growing my own stuff at home—not for self-sufficiency but as a hobby. Every online guide I find emphasizes expensive materials and tools: fancy pots, fertilizers, special seeds, etc.

It turns out that growing a potato can end up being 100 times more expensive than buying one. Moreover, these guides often include links to purchase the recommended items, making it feel like navigating the internet comes with a constant sense of being marketed to or sold something.

The idea of growing plants shouldn't be expensive. Initially, I thought I could simply take a seed from a fruit, plant it in soil, give it sunlight, and that would be it. That's how I was taught plants work.

As an ordinary city dweller who has never grown a single plant in my life, how can I start without spending a ton of money?

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2024/01/09
11:32 UTC

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What’s everyone up to today?

January is such an exciting time! For some reason my fiance is convinced I never have to do anything until like march/April but I’m already planning starts, working on building soil and caring for my winter crops.

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2024/01/08
17:53 UTC

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Urban Farming - Business classification direction

Curious if anyone has done a cost/benefit analysis and strategy between going a non-profit and going as a social benefit corporation for long term longevity goals.

My areas of concern: Raising $$$; and then shareholder power and control.

Any for-profit entity can find various ways or easing funding; however you’re responsible to the lenders/financiers and the often strict terms of those agreements.

Being a non-profit allows donations/fund raising with much less legal risk regarding shareholder payback. Also allows for access to new government grant money. However you’re bound by the charter and have some limitations there. I need to research this further.

Social benefit corporations allow protections from shareholder lawsuits/repercussions from low profits as it’s easier to invest into growth endeavors while showing little to no profit. Also you have access to more avenues of businesses/lending that only associate with these businesses.

Anyone have inputs?

6 Comments
2023/12/05
02:17 UTC

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NEW TO THIS

Hello Farmers,

I am in Palm Springs, California. Rented our backyard from my husband @ $1 per year (around 7500 sq.ft and front yard is 2000 sq.ft) and got a farm number earlier in June. My goal is to build up the soil (the whole yard is compact dirt with Bermuda grass) before I do anything else. So, I layered some cardboard and layer of mulch. Haven't done anything after that. On the other hand, I am Sole Proprietor doing community composting and educating community.

I would like to work more on my urban farm using permaculture as my guide and establish a model of food forest in the middle of the desert

Any guidance on what to do or where to start will be great.

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2023/11/24
03:00 UTC

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Super new to gardening. Advice for my balcony?

Hello,
So I just moved into an apartment with a giant balcony (the length of my apartment) and it made me wonder if I can grow some sort of veggies/fruits that I can harvest. The problem is that 1. I'm new to gardening (I can take care of potted plants in doors but I've never cared for anything harder than a succulent) 2. the balcony only gets direct sunlight in the morning 3. I'm in Temecula, CA (10a hardiness zone- really hot summers and mild winters). What are some things I can grow in pots that I can harvest for food? (please no spicy pepper suggestions). What are some resources for me to read to start gaining knowledge on this subject?

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2023/11/18
06:21 UTC

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Super new to gardening. Advice for my balcony?

Hello,So I just moved into an apartment with a giant balcony (the length of my apartment) and it made me wonder if I can grow some sort of veggies/fruits that I can harvest. The problem is that 1. I'm new to gardening (I can take care of potted plants in doors but I've never cared for anything harder than a succulent) 2. the balcony only gets direct sunlight in the morning 3. I'm in Temecula, CA (10a hardiness zone- really hot summers and mild winters). What are some things I can grow in pots that I can harvest for food? (please don't suggest I grow chili peppers-I'm not into spicy things and that's what my friends keep telling me to grow). What are some resources for me to read to start gaining knowledge on this subject?

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2023/11/18
06:21 UTC

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12v 55psi (3.8bar) Misting Water Pump Question

I want to start feeding seedlings plants growing in a greenhouse using a misting system from a specialized liquid nutrient mix.

The liquid nutrient mix would be mixed and stored in a 20-litre bucket and dispersed through a misting system (see photos below).

20-litre bucket

misting system

misting heads

The misting system will eventually have up to 50 misting heads (0.4mm in size). The 1/4'' (ID 4mm OD 6.35mm 4/7mm) garden irrigation agriculture misting hose will be about 15 feet in length and will have to travel up to 6 feet in height.

I expect that the misting system may be triggered every 15 minutes for a run time of approximately 10 seconds each 15 minutes. With up to 50 misting heads, I don't expect a large volume of water to be pushed through the system.

Would this Seaflo Rv Supreme 55Psi/11.3Lpm 12V Water Pump be strong enough to handle my requirements (photo below)?

Seaflo Rv Supreme 55Psi/11.3Lpm 12V Water Pump

Any other advice would be appreciated.

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2023/11/09
23:50 UTC

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Bad idea?

So I want to attempt to breed and butcher guinea pigs for meat so yeah. That's it.

3 Comments
2023/11/04
01:54 UTC

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container farming question

I had seen an infographic (about 9 months ago) where it showed what vegetables to grow together in a container/raised planter. I did not save this when I saw it (stupid, I know). Does anyone have that infographic or know where to find it? I’m not having any luck finding it on my own.

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2023/09/28
21:42 UTC

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What are some ways urban farmers can actively participate in smart city initiatives?

Hey fellow urban farmers! I've recently been exploring the concept of smart cities and how urban farming can play a role in achieving their goals. I believe that urban farmers like us have a lot to contribute to these initiatives, but I'm not sure where to start. I'm curious to know if any of you have already gotten involved in smart city projects and how you've been able to actively participate. Your experiences and advice would be really helpful!

4 Comments
2023/09/28
14:29 UTC

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Excellent Example of a Polyculture Orchard with Alley Cropping - Datça Peninsula - Southwest Türkiye

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2023/09/26
09:53 UTC

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