Right now I'm thinking of the part-time homestead... Something like what the carnies do in Florida during the off season.Leaving my garden was WAAAAAY harder than anything else. For now, I carry a tote with a few houseplants in it. It does help, especially when the 'Cleopatra' begonia starts to flower as it is now.
And am scheming on how to have a garden of sorts at the place where I spend most of the summer. There's no water there, so I'd have to find some plants to grow that require little, if any, summer irrigation. Thinking pretty hard about lentils and/or chickpeas. Even if they don't make a crop, they are legumes, and any growth they do make can be turned back into the ground for soil-building.
A while back, you could find on youtube a "truck garden". It was an old pickup that had soil and garden plants in the bed. Guy drove it around New York City, doing some garden evangelizing, especially for kids. I've thought about getting one of those trailers that are made from old pickups and making a garden in it to travel with. Problem is, I'd be subjecting plants to gale force winds every time I traveled on a highway. Haven't really hit on a good way to solve that problem. 2x2s and plastic wouldn't cut it. Sigh...
With live plants you need to watch it while traveling too... Don't want to lose everything because of an ag-inspection station or inadvertently be responsible for the devastation of <whatever> food crop because you accidentally brought in a breeding pair of parasites or viruses or something...I saw one of those eons ago! The part that really caught my attention was the cover. I was a couple of cars away, but it looked like he/she had formed an arc made of welded wire mesh (maybe 2x4"), covered that with clear sheet plastic, and then covered the plastic with another arc of the welded wire mesh. I seem to remember what might have been a plywood sidewalls about twice the height of the truck bed sides. I could see the tops of plants. I thought the plants were in pots, but your idea of growing the plants right in the bed itself made me wonder if what they were doing was what you just described. Wonderful idea!
The problem I have is that my home base does not get rain during the summer, so plants do indeed need tending during the summer. Hence I have been looking at commercial dry land farming for ideas of what to grow in the (long neglected) raised beds that are there. Water on the property is currently part of the plan, but the person who needs to take action is a) not me and b) known for having his ambition run far in advance of his ability to get 'er done. It's, um, interesting.Right now I'm thinking of the part-time homestead... Something like what the carnies do in Florida during the off season.
Basically some remote property that has a well where I can plant and harvest in spring/summer and
travel while the plants don't need tending and a good enough septic tank that I have a place to dump (or maybe I'll just finally get over my mental issue an go with a composting system and make my own). It's just that to really compost this well it takes 2 years in a high-temperature environment and you need to maintain the moisture. Maybe auto-watering on the compost heap or something?
Ugh. Too much to think about right now. Still a few years off at the quickest. Other priorities right now.
Yes, and I do - finally even replaced the hand lens that I lost in the Great Van Heist of '21, and am now evaluating a macro lens for my camera. But growing them remains important to me.^^^ I do not even want to own one of those Air Plants that do not need watering. My trailer has nice big windows. I can see all the plants around me whenever I want to and take a walk among them.
maybe you need rain barrels for when it does rain that way you save for when it doesn't.The problem I have is that my home base does not get rain during the summer, so plants do indeed need tending during the summer. Hence I have been looking at commercial dry land farming for ideas of what to grow in the (long neglected) raised beds that are there. Water on the property is currently part of the plan, but the person who needs to take action is a) not me and b) known for having his ambition run far in advance of his ability to get 'er done. It's, um, interesting.
That is pretty much impossible to formally organize as so called groups and tribes are constantly changing and evolving as to who is in them and what skills or willingness a person participating is going to have regarding trying to have someone push organization task on them.Have any of the groups or tribes out there organized an emergency plan for anything including first-aid? I realize it's great to be self sufficient but in real life, we are somewhat vulnerable when we rely on only ourselves.
Thank you for your response, you brought up some valid points. Letting others know particular medical conditions could save lives. As a friend once told me who was diabetic, if we noticed him in shock, to give him a piece of candy, he's rather his blood sugar was higher than lower until he got to a hospital.That is pretty much impossible to formally organize as so called groups and tribes are constantly changing and evolving as to who is in them and what skills or willingness a person participating is going to have regarding trying to have someone push organization task on them.
People do not come to this
Nomadic lifestyle looking for more structure and more responsibility. They want friends and fun. However what I have repeatedly see is that If someone gets sick or injured then people do tend to step up and help with very little if any need for
prompting. If a schedule of rides or help of various types such as pet sitting is needed that gets worked out as well.
So do not be too worried about it. These things evolve as needed rather than requiring any formal arrangements. If you have an ongoing medical issue that could create a situation such as diabetic shock or a possible heart condition, be sting severe reaction, asthma attacks, etc. then be open about it so people around you are clued in case something does happen.
A mystery unsolved, sounds spooky.Today when I went out before heading into town I did a walk around of my car and trailer. In the track of the sliding window we were talking through there was an 8mm Allen wrench. Very strange thing to be there. It is not mine, I worked on the outside of that window last week and it was not there so I know it had to have been very recently placed there.