Biodiversity in the Garden
Much like Seedy Sunday’s massive seed swap, the idea behind Potato Day is not just to celebrate the diversity of varieties available, but to actively promote their use—keeping this diversity as a living, evolving collective treasure. After all, potatoes are a highly nutritious staple in much of the world—with some experts even claiming that an increased consumption of potatoes could help us feed the world.
Food Security in Challenging Times
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given its focus on food security and resilience, the Transition Movement—a community-led response to peak oil and climate change—has embraced the Potato Day and helped it to spread. Below is a video of Potato Day activists in action as part of Transition Stroud’s efforts to increase food growing in the community.
It must be my British blood, but even the sight of seed potatoes makes me crave malt vinegar…
From NatureMill’s high-tech indoor composter, to building your own worm bin, there are plenty of options for the would-be composter who doesn’t have a yard, or who would just like to keep composting through the winter. The video below gives a very basic, cheap methodology for building your own compost bin. Apparently you need some thin mints to do it…
OK, so the thin mint joke is kinda goofy, but this is a classic example of just how easy composting can be. While you can get all worked up about the correct ratios of nitrogen to carbon, or temperatures, or any number of other things, I always appreciate compost enthusiasts who accept that compost basically happens.
Using little more than some leaves, some coffee grounds, some dirt and some water, Praxxtube shows us how to make smell-free, almost mess-free compost in a plastic bucket.
Anyone tried this at home?