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IndieGoGo Campaigning

So right now I am in the middle of an IndieGoGo campaign, and man is it tough and easy to get a little discouraged.  But never fear, it is still in the beginning of the campaign, only four days have gone by.  For those who want to know what it is, it is a fundraiser to help the NPO Help Cape Verde Africa to teach african families how to grow a garden in urban conditions. It is a great project and worth anyone’s time and effort, cause it not only helps educate african families, but this project we have students from UVU who will be helping us and contributions help them to develop their talents.

So far we have had over 200 people look at the campaign, today we reached $200 in which was put there by a seventh funder. What makes it kind of discouraging is knowing that if everyone who had saw the campaign gave $5 we would be over a quarter of the way to our goal.  I know times are tough and not everyone is in a position to give, and it could be the case that people want to give but need to wait until payday.  It is that kind of optimism that someone needs to do these things.  And I am confident that we can get there, we have 36 days left and are campaigning with the student group from UVU.

Wish me luck and please find a little to give, a little goes a long way in helping these families improve their nutrition and finances.

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The Fruits of Labor: Update on the Sustainable Agriculture Experiment

Things are coming along with the bucket garden, the zucchini plants are producing zucchinis now.  Today I picked two that were ready, and a little bit down the post you’ll see what I did with them.

First things the appearance of the plants are now really varied, some are doing quite well while others aren’t doing too hot. The ones that aren’t doing too hot are the ones that were planted in regular soil.  They are still growing but at a slower rate than the others that were planted in a medium that naturally absorbs water, not drains it.  Another thing worth noticing is how much the soil has compacted, or settled, in each bucket.  The bucket doing the worst right now is the regular soil with newspaper as the wicking medium, it has compacted a little over two inches.  This is followed by the regular soil with jeans as the wicking medium, this being compacted at around two inches.  The others are doing just fine with their compaction being between 1/2  and 3/4 inches.  Also now the plant in the cocopeat mixture that started out yellow is now a healthy shade of green and doing great.  The other cocopeat mixed with regular soil is the plant that is doing the best and has grown the most.  The potting mix zucchini has the darkest green leaves of all of them.

cocopeat mixed with bullcrap

Cocopeat mixed with manure

cocopeat and regular soil

Cocopeat and topsoil mix

topsoil with jeans

Topsoil with jeans as wicking medium

potting mix

Potting mix

topsoil and newspaper

Topsoil, newspaper as wicking medium

As you can see there were a few zucchini on there. I picked two that were ready today. And here is the best part of the experiment, eating them.  What I did is I turned one of them into long curly strands and used them as noodles.

zucchinisnoodles made out of zucchini

And finally the masterpiece, not quite vegetarian but still pretty good.  Garden fresh is the best.

zucchini spaghetti

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Update on the Sustainable Agriculture Experiment

So it took a while to get started I must admit.  My brother just couldn’t deliver the buckets so I went and got them myself.  And since I was in a hurry I didn’t get any compost for the cocopeat. But I did manage to get some good old fashioned bull crap to put it in it.  After planting the zucchini it took a while for them to come up since it was a bit difficult to keep the top layer of soil from drying out, so note to not start from seed next time.

They’re all doing pretty good, the potting mix was the last to sprout and the cocopeat I didn’t add enough nutrients so the new leaves start out yellow before turning green.  But all in all it is coming along.

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Rose Garden

Here are some pictures I took of my roses this week, I think they look pretty good.

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Not Tight With Time For Awhile

So now it is after Thursday and I shouldn’t have to fill any more extra shifts, so this means more time, WAHOOO!!!  I’ll be able to finally prepare some buckets for the sustainable agriculture experiment and get it off the ground.  I just barely checked and the cocopeat I ordered should be delivered today.  Now I just need to get my brother to bring home the rest of the buckets I need for this project.  Expect some videos on here in the next couple of days.

I also had some plans to take engagement pictures but that didn’t happen as you know how that goes, family is thicker than blood, and they aren’t a part of my family. Bummer.  But now this allows me to get to work on some other things as well, such as finishing planting the garden and flower beds, other yard work, fixing modes of transportation and of course drooling over equipment on the internet.  The latest item I added to my Amazon wishlist is a Canon 70-300mm diffractive optics lens.  It’s a big chunk of money I don’t have, but a man can always dream right.  Another lens I am thinking about is the Tamron 18-270mm superzoom lens, just because of it’s huge range, it would be the all around go to lens.  So maybe I’ll put that on the wishlist as well.

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Sustainable Agriculture Experiment

Have you ever grown food? Or are you one that thinks that milk, eggs and veggies come from the store?  There is more to that, everything you eat had to be grown somewhere, and it all comes from a farm(mostly).

So what if you wanted to grow things yourself? Good question, and here in the United States the resources are there to help you.  But what if you don’t live in the US.  That is what I’m trying to figure out is how to effectively use the resources at hand for use in Cape Verde for a humanitarian project.  So this might seem daunting but it shouldn’t really be that hard.  I already know that I will have mixed results, it’s just a matter of finding what works.

I will be using the sub-irrigation planter (SIP) method constructed of two buckets.  What works is a mixture whose main ingredient is either peat moss or cocopeat.  What doesn’t work is regular soil because the soil doesn’t absorb the water upwards so I need to find a way around that.  For the experiment I will have two SIP’s one peat moss based, the other cocopeat based, and 4 more SIP’s with regular soil each with a different wicking medium to draw the water upwards to the roots.

self watering container

What an SIP looks like

The peat moss and cocopeat have already been documented to work, the reason I’m doing this experiment is because cocopeat and peat moss are not readily available in Cape Verde and I want to help the people there grow food in the soil they have.  Right now it’s very difficult since only 11% of the land is farmable because it’s so dry.

Along this journey I’ll be documenting and putting up some videos of how all this is going.  So please wish me luck.  And if you wish to support Cape Verde consider making a donation to this linked charitable organization.

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