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« on: December 07, 2005 12:28:47 PM »

A very long time ago, I posted a thread entitled Punk Gardening, with the intention to make a printed magazine for urban gardeners. Although I have made this (see it here at www.laurabarnard.co.uk/fork.htm), the production costs and risk were too high, so I have now made it into a online magazine, which you can all view for free....wooo!

Please have a look, and if you have any suggestions or thoughts about what you would like to see in future issues, please post here or email me.

I present to you .... www.forkzine.co.uk .... a magazine for gardeners who aren't pansies, and who don't grow them either.  Grin

« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2006 02:16:46 PM »

Thanks Laura -- great stuff!
Loved the links too... especially "selfsufficientISH"..!.. eeek I love it! That's me, all right.
In fact for many years I sooo wanted to experiment with going completely 'off the grid' somewhere out in the real genyoowine boonies-hinterlands.  Even if only with some teensy cheap vacation house with a little arable acreage.
Everyone who knew me thought it quite a bizarre idea for a fairly-high-maintenance gal (if also a fairly 'old' one by now, heehee) -- but hey, off-the-grid doesn't mean a girl absolutely can't EVER wear her good jewelry or polish her nails once in a while -- right?!

Anyway -- so instead I kinda-sorta settled for a kinda-sorta "selfsufficientISH" philosophy.  It ain't much but it helps to kind-sorta soothe my conscience a little, y'know?

Just for a few admittedly-"pansy"like  examples (hmmm guess I'm more of a datura, or maybe an orchid): 
~~ Our heat/AC is provided by an amazingly economical, efficient, & comfy geothermal heat pump system... 
~~ If we're a little too old to do any more heavy yardwork, at least we *can* support smaller organic growers by buying from them whenever/wherever possible...
~~ And, in addition to recycling whatever can be recycled, we also try really really hard to pay attention to those *other 2* oft-forgotten points of the triangle: Reduce & Re-use...

which reminds me...
Do you think maybe empty plastic Clorox jugs (or maybe even empty plastic cat-litter buckets?) would work for that interesting no-dig above-ground planter arrangement?
or does J use empty milk jugs for some particular reason? (maybe they're  somewhat 'translucent' instead of opaque? sorry if I seem extremely dense but hub & I are definitely not milk drinkers).
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2006 02:28:56 PM »

Ayn, firstly I'm really glad you enjoyed the website. I'll be updating it next week, so please check back then for some new articles!

You make some great points, and I think being self-sufficientish is great. Not all of us can (or want to!) live a completely organic self-sufficient existence in the sticks, so anything anyone can do is great. I think people get put off by the dramatic changes, and think, well if I can't do everything, I won't bother at all.

As for John's gardening system, I don't think there's any reason why you couldn't use whatever containers you had. If you're using something opaque, I would put the soil quite close to the opening, so the new shoots would get light (as it won't come through the sides like the milk cartons). Plant pots aren't see through, so I would probably just treat them as if they were pots. Oh and is Clorox bleach? If so, I would be a bit nervous of using them. If you do, I would wash em very well too - bleach flavoured vegetables probably aren't too tasty (or good for you)!
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2006 08:45:36 AM »

HI I just wanted to say that I really love the site. But, is it me or is the print really little? Yikes I am only 32, do I need bi focals already? lol
I am adding the site to my faves, its really cool.
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2006 11:01:48 AM »

I loved the site as well. I wondered if you will add a suggestion for articals section? Wouldn't it be rather punk to suggest edible flowers: "Pansies are alright... to eat!"

« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006 05:17:36 PM »

Thanks, apple and tomico.

Sorry the type's so small - it will be fixed for the next issue as a few people have commented on that.  Smiley

As for the suggestions for articles - that's a great idea. I'm not sure I'm up to running a forum, but some sort of guestbook might work. Thanks.  Smiley

The new issue is coming out soon by the way - I've got 5 weeks left of my degree left then I'll have the time to get it updated and working better, with more frequent updates and with things like the type size worked out.
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