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The Pee and Poo Show

The title of this video was just too great to pass up!

I about heard people using humanure before and i thought that would be really, reeaaally gross!! Like crapping into a field kinda gross. But the method the woman in the clip is using looks actually pretty straight forward. Not straight forward enough for me mind you, i’d prefer it if the grey water from showers and washing machines was hooked up to the toilet. Doesn’t make sense to me that that isn’t standard by now..

I think the clip is great though. Really hands on. Literally!(Watch it!) If you hear people talk about sustainable living, people mostly talk about growing a vegetable patch or re-using building materials, but you hardly ever hear people talk about crap. Now i know having a composting toilet would be pretty hardcore and you have to start somewhere and it’s not for everyone, but if you wanted to live sustainably and off the grid, that would be one of the major items to think about. Also, this is obviously not a subject people talk about as enthusiastically as for example how their new tomato plants are doing..

I heard about a filter system before, but i haven’t really seen how it works yet, where the human waste is filtered through different garden beds and the plants(obviously not plants meant for eating) filter all the shit out. If you know more about that or have any links to it post them in the comments! Also if you know of other sustainable ways of dealing “with your shit”, post them too! What method do you prefer?

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Baking bread and sweet potatoes

So i baked some bread today, i must have baked bread before, but i can’t quite remember it, other then making flat breads..

Anyways, it turned out quite nice i think, i used the videos in this post to guide me through, they were really quite helpful.

I put too much water in(my cups must be bigger then the ones in the recipe?) and then i had to compensate with quite a bit of flour, so the dough turned out massive and i made it into two breads!! Which is kind of handy, considering we went to the wholefoods shop today and they had run out of bread, so we should have enough maybe for a week.

I kind of feel like we should make our own bread most of the time from now on, we will see.. So yeah, i will try some variations soon with chia seeds and ..ah dammit, i just remembered i wanted to put rosemary in it. Ah well, next weekend..

So this is the bread

Pretty nice, right?!

We had it straight out of the oven with olive oil and salt and it was just delicious!

I was wondering how sweet potatoes are grown and looked it up for a friend. Apparently they like a warm, subtropical climate. So probaly not that great for most parts of Europe and North America, but I suppose you could grow them in most parts of Australia. They need a long growing season(4 months of warm/hot weather) and apparently they are a sprawling vine sort of vegetable. Also, don’t plant them too early as they don’t like the cold soil and you wanna have the potatoe sprout some shoots and then pick the shoots off and have them grow roots before you plant them. You can also get shoots from some nurseries. Anyways, that’s what i picked up from the videos i watched, i won’t try it, but i thought sweet potatoe is quite a nice vegetable for every now and then.

The video doesn’t really show much, but it’s the best one i found.

I wanna make some vegan spreads next, do you think i need a food processor for that? I hope not, coz i haven’t got one! What are you making this weekend?

Growing Stuff, Potatoes And Things

I was talking with one of my friends about his garden yesterday and he told me he thought potatoes are too difficult to grow. So i was like “They look like the easiest thing to grow ever! I watched some youtube videos about them! And it looks well easy!” Well, i haven’t got my own garden at the moment, but i know potatoes grow in a fucking plastic bag, with no soil in it, in the cupboard, that’s proof enough to me. They are like crazy!!

Anyways, i also watched some videos on them a couple of days ago and thought one thing that is so interesting about them is that once they are growing you just top them up with soil or compost or whatever and they keep growing and making more potatoes, it explains itself when you’re watching the video. Also the contraption used in the video makes them really easy to harvest, no crazy digging and shit. There are several different contraptions on the net that you can check out, but the one i will show you seems to be one of the easiest and cheapest. Check it out!

 

Okay, so i’m not an experienced gardener or something, but the topic interests me and yeah, here is a video of a guy self pollinating corn. Don’t forget, if you grow shit inside you might wanna check if it needs bees or something or how to pollinate those plants yourself. Thing to think about.

 

Then there is this video i found interesting, coz it shows you a different container option to grow your plants in, like if you live in a colder climate and have to move shit around or have a limited amount of space, that option might be good for you. Dude is growing some ginger.

 

If you grow food, like spuds and things and you wanna make your own seedlings, go buy the organic produce. Some people might think the chemicals vegetables are treated with aren’t so bad or wash off(like wtf?). Check out this video to see why. Such a sweet and clever video, well worth the watch.

 

And a little bonus, Zoe asked me about the charcoal discs and tree sap i was blogging about yesterday and how it works so i thought i post another quick video to show you how it works. I used to to this all the time and it is sooo much better then most incense!!! Really!(i didn’t use it with the salt, but i guess you can experiment with that)