Making your own bouquets is an inexpensive way to enjoy beautiful flowers at home or give them as a gift, but you don’t have to visit the florist to have them. Here are the flowers that will grow fast enough in your garden for you to enjoy beautiful, fresh, colorful bouquets all spring and summer.
This is an exciting project and I for one wished I lived in Guatemala!
Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. We accept bikes donated from the USA and Canada which we either recondition to sell, or we use the components to build a range of “Bicimaquinas”, (pedal powered machines).
Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity (which may not be available) or hand power (which is far more effort). Bicimaquinas are easy and enjoyable to use. They can be built using locally available materials and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of local people. They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to maintain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise.
We make water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders (for making soaps and shampoos as well as food products), trikes, trailers and more.
A while ago as part of GUCU we ran a woodland project that concentrated on finding work for young people. As part of the project we rented some woodlands and grew fruit and veg, managed the woodlands and looked after some chicken and ducks. It was good fun and a complete success with 29 young people finding work through our active involvement. This series of videos shows us looking to introduce a bore hole onto the land. We had a go at water divining. I was a complete sceptic until the rods twitched in my hands. It was amazing. Unfortunately we never got the hole dug. The project ended. Enjoy the videos from that day though.
The following video is me (Richard) having a go at divining water….
Smaller farms have significantly different needs from larger ones, but the right tools aren’t always available to meet those needs — a perfect opportunity for an open source project to step in and fill the gap. Such farms are big enough to need powerful specialised tools, yet may not have the budget or space for large tractors. Bicitractor hacks its way around these issues, providing a green, silent, healthy alternative.
Bicitractor is an open source pedal-powered tractor suitable for small to medium-sized vegetable farms. Created by farmers for farmers, it performs a variety of agricultural tasks, working the soil to a maximum depth of 5 cm, which is popular with the no-till farming movement. It can be used for sowing, weeding, hoeing, harvesting open lines, and carrying loads, among other applications.
What is Bicitractor?
The Bicitractor is a pedal-powered farming tractor with electric assistance, made by farmers for farmers. It is intended for small and medium vegetable farms. It allows for different agricultural tasks that require working a maximum soil depth of 5 cm. It can be used for example for sowing, weeding, hoeing, harvesting open lines, carrying loads, …
Compared to a traditional tractor, the Bicitractor gives the farmer ease of use by eliminating the nuisance caused by an internal combustion engine such as engine noise, the smell of exhaust fumes, vibration etc…
The Bicitractor is a tool that allows farmers with agricultural holdings of medium size to mechanically perform tasks which are difficult to perform manually and can cause physical strain.
In addition to being a tractor that does not release carbon dioxide, because it does not use fossil fuels, the Bicitractor is an open source vehicle. That is to say, these manufacturing plans are available for everyone free of charge and so everyone is able to make, for themselves, an effective non-polluting working tool, which is easy to manufacture at a cost of less than 1500 Euros.
The BITRACTOR B300 (POC21 Version) by Farming Soul is a prototype in progress. Even now, we are busy working on a new version of the prototype. That’s why we are explaining here all the steps to build a bicitractor B300. We will soon explain all the fabrication details of the updated and improved version of the Bicitractor, the B310 which is coming soon…
N.B. We provide detailed photos and dimensions of the current prototype in this Instructable. However, we do not explain every fabrication step in detail because we are currently making a lot of modifications to the prototype. A lot of parts are going to change very soon for the better, so stay tuned for the new version of the prototype with a manual due to arrive soon!
I love using pallets to make things so I was glad to have found this Instructable about 50 things to make with a pallet.
Including my favourite….
Pallets….what to do with them? Since 1998, I’ve been creating art with pallets, Pallet Art, everything from picture frames to armoirs. For this project I chose to go simple. A few cuts here and there, some screws and voila, Pallet Dogs. The perfect, fun art piece and….FREE!….almost.
Does anyone know about ducks please? Just contemplating next March and the re-introduction of Chickens and Ducks to our family. The ducks themselves will probably be in the garden as well as the pen behind. The chickens will just be in the pen behind. So the ducks will need to mix with the chickens.
You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency. — Bill Mollison
I’m told that ducks work well in gardens and certainly aid in a permaculture setting. Basically they love eating snails and slugs. They can nibble on young plants but are generally not as destructive as chickens! We don’t have the space in our garden – we do in the larger field but we don’t have any long lease on that land so we could lose it at anytime.
The question I want to ask is whether Aylesbury Ducks are any good in a permaculture environment? I wish I could go several breeds and see what works the best. I can’t though so I’ll stick with one breed. Probably go with Aylesbury unless anyone can offer other advice.
Whilst researching this I found this cracking post on Ducks in a permaculture setting in Scotland. Well worth a read.
The Aylesbury duck is a breed of domesticated duck, bred mainly for its meat and appearance. It is a large duck with pure white plumage, a pink bill, orange legs and feet, an unusually large keel, and a horizontal stance with its body parallel to the ground. The precise origins of the breed are unclear, but raising white ducks became popular in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 18th century owing to the demand for white feathers as a filler for quilts. Over the 19th century selective breeding for size, shape and colour led to the Aylesbury duck.
One of my favourite birds and also one of the commonest. However, in recent years their urban population has fallen dramatically. Social birds that tend to nest in colonies they are happy to mix partners. They love being around people and don’t tend to stray far from them. They don’t migrate just move to the country! Their biggest enemy is the cat. But they equally love moths although they tend to be vegetarian.
Anyway, I love them and I’m hoping to put on an event in conjunction with World Sparrow Day.
Generally, sparrows are small, plump, brown-grey birds with short tails and stubby, powerful beaks. The differences between sparrow species can be subtle. Members of this family range in size from the chestnut sparrow (Passer eminibey), at 11.4 centimetres (4.5 in) and 13.4 grams (0.47 oz), to the parrot-billed sparrow (Passer gongonensis), at 18 centimetres (7.1 in) and 42 grams (1.5 oz). Sparrows are physically similar to other seed-eating birds, such as finches, but have a vestigial dorsal outer primary feather and an extra bone in the tongue. This bone, the preglossale, helps stiffen the tongue when holding seeds. Other adaptations towards eating seeds are specialised bills and elongated and specialised alimentary canals.