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  1. I'd say I'll miss you guys more than you know, but that would be nonsense because you know perfectly well.

    MagicDuel is one of the deepest experiences of my life, especially given it exists on such a shallow plane.

    This is a place of real connection and it probably always will be.

    You're all a bunch of weirdos and I love you for it.

    There's lots I could say, but I'll spare you the sap.

    I will keep an eye on our garden from a distance so don't burn it down.

    Keep it real friends!

  2. http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/11048-community-garden-artwork-quest-1/

    Congratulations to neno veliki, winner of this quest and winner of a wishpoint. While none of the contributors competed the entire series, neno veliki's windmill design led to his successful design and implementation of the community garden tool shed.

    As the top contributing artist during my tenure as garden keeper, I am awarding neno veliki a wish point for all his artwork contributions.
  3. Listen to (not just hear) your partner.

    Make a point to say things in a way that doesn't intentionally upset your partner. (ie: don't be spiteful when you're hurt)

    Apologize and explain to your partner what you were feeling when you said things to intentionally upset them.

    Express your love and appreciation every day.

    Show physical love (not just sex) every day, like holding hands, hugging, any kind of comforting touch

    Be clear about your own needs and desires and don't sacrifice what's important to you to make a relationship work. You don't want to regret your loss and blame your partner. Some people are incompatible in a given time, place, set of circumstances.

    There's a start. I'll give someone else a turn to chime in.

  4. Flash apk is easily side loaded onto recent android devices, and works with most browsers including stock android browser (does NOT work on Google Chrome). Some browsers require superuser privileges to user flash.

    The problem is that touch screen flash is a poor mismatch, especially for MD. It's very difficult for instance to scroll through documents like announcements or messages.

    Android is mouse/trackpad compatible with either a Bluetooth or USB accessory (using USB OTG). However, with even a single accessory, you might as well be on a laptop. I have never tried android with a mouse/trackpad and I don't know how well it handles flash. From what I understand, there is an app that allows you to use a second phone (ie: your old obsolete one) as a Bluetooth trackpad.

  5. Mur's support in this way means more to me than he may know. The community garden as it is now is tied to me and my role. However, I spend little time in game interacting with people and most of my role as designer has existed in the forum, rather than in game. I'd still like to find a garden manager to fill this void.

    Much of my interaction with the MD Council has been a discussion of how to implement gardening into the MD network of resources. Mur's dedicating his energy in this direction is a big step for MD in my opinion, and the community garden as it is now can be a playground for this new work if you want it. Truly any place can be.

    Please continue to provide your feedback. Perhaps someone in the leadership of each land would consider offering feedback regarding how your land has related to the community garden and maybe how you might like your land to relate to the community garden. How can the garden support the end toward which you work as a leader?

    Thanks everyone.

  6. I don't know much (or anything) about coding/programming, but if there is even any little thing I can learn and do to support transition to html5, I'd be happy to support this action.

    In the year and a half since I've lived in my current home, my presence on MD has diminished significantly for many reasons, including the fact that I don't have wireline internet. Most of my internet use is via android, which doesn't provide a great MD flash experience. MD seems well suited to mobile and an update to html5 could (maybe?) even support an app interface which I would gladly pay for, given the opportunity.

    I'd be happy to take on some small task if it will help. Perhaps a whole community of us doing small steps could be just as useful as 2-3 people working 6 months? Food for thought :)

  7. Thanks for.offering up your ideas, thoughts, and criticism. It is obvious to me that my own lack of participation has been a real hindrance to this project gaining momentum. Unfortunately, I still can't promise participation, which is why I'm looking for other leaders.

    What kind of incentives would you want to become a garden leader? It seems we really need two leaders in particular, a manager and a quest creator.

    I have a few wishpoints to give out. If I ran a quest creation contest, with the best quest creation getting a WP and another WP to be given as quest reward, would you particpate?

    Unfortunately, my scripting partner no longer participates in MD and I have not been able to script the toolshed as I had planned. Would you be interested in writing script to help bring the community garden to life? What would such a script look like to you?

    Mur seems to support the development of the garden into the resource network in MD, and has also suggested that gardening can happen anywhere, not just the meeting of the roads scene. Do you think there is merit to a location-based community garden or would a looselg affiliated guild of gardeners make more sense.

    The community garden treasury is not excessively rich, but surely has enough resource to provide some participation incentives. How would you distribute these resources? I'd like to pass them to someone who will put them to use. They don't need to sit in my inventory.

    Please continue to give your feedback. If really like to hear from more members of the Community.

  8. Despite the typically mean way she expresses it, dst makes a valid point. As I mentioned, I didn't mean for this topic to be a rant... it just sorta came out that way. I suppose I needed to express my feelings and this is what rose to the surface.

    I'm not trying to force my project onto the community, but I do need to know if the community values this project. If a community garden is not something useful to anyone but me, then it's not really worth my trying to keep it going when I'm not available to use it.

    Over the two years, I have received an incredible amount of positive feedback from the Community, the Council, and Mur. When you include all the contributors to the design process, the quest participants, the community garden leadership, the contributing artists, plotholders, toolshed builders, garden roleplayers, council, coders, and Mur, there really are a lot of people who have gotten involved. Positive feedback has encouraged me to continue for a long time now, but it seems not to have been positive enough to form a leadership team that can function without my presence.

    Do you want a community garden? If so, is this the community garden that you want? What is most lacking? Information? Opportunities for guided participation? Quests? Integration with other activities in MagicDuel?

    It seems everyone is always looking for ways to develop a personal economy, harvesting resources, or trading creatures, or selling spell stones, or whatever. The purpose of the Community Garden is for players to generate resources through roleplay and hopefully through a more integrated system as MDscript continues to develop.

    I'll keep throwing these thoughts and questions out there, because I really need the feedback. So much of the development of MD in the past years (resources, cauldrons, etc) offers potential for the community garden. It can really be a great tool for the community if you're willing to learn to use it. At the moment, we're still stuck with the cumbersome community garden logs system. The script for the toolshed was supposed to fix that and it hasn't been worked out yet.

    If the community garden were a guild with more participatory decentralized leadership, would you join? I've always avoided a guild because I wanted members of all alliances to be able to join the garden leadership. Perhaps there hasn't been enough incentive to join without a dedicated guild?

    I suppose that'll do for now. I'll bring up more specific questions as I think of them. And please, do be so kind as to share your opinion. I know you're reading this ;)

  9. Greetings MagicDuel Community!


    So now we're in the middle of May and what's going on in the community garden?  I don't know!  I haven't been there!  Nobody has used the Community Garden Logs!


    Okay, here's the deal.  You've probably all noticed that I barely get online anymore.  I have gotten a new (old) MacBook so at least I CAN get online, but there's more to it than that.  When I started playing MD, I had a one year old and a two year old kid.  Now they're four and five, and I have another six month old baby.  When I am at home, I spend a lot more time playing with my family than playing at the computer.  In addition to that, I work long hours on an organic farm and I run a garden design business which actually has clients now (Yay!)  Long story short, I'm busy and I can't commit to making much time for MagicDuel.


    So that's the end of the garden, right?  NO! WRONG!  This is just the beginning!  I have said it before and I will say it again (perhaps more clearly or with more detail now).  WE NEED MORE LEADERSHIP!  WE HAVE UNFULFILLED ROLES! (yes, just waiting for YOU to fill)


    Let's look at three archetypes, creator, sustainer, destroyer.  I have for two years worked as creator for this project.  We have gone from an idea in the midst of a thousand passing ideas to something real and concrete (or pixelated, maybe is the right word).  RIght now, the community garden needs more than anything a sustainer.  A garden manager.  Someone who is going to play in the garden every day, and interact with people, and talk about all the fun events that are going on, and host quests, and give out wishpoints, and all the other fun stuff that goes on in a place in MD.  I will be there to support you 100%.  When you have questions or need any kind of guidance, you will get it from me.  I'm not leaving, but I need to step back and let someone else step out front.  New blood, new energy.


    Community Garden is on track to become a guild or receive other types of official recognition (I have suggested a flag instead of a guild as that allows people in other guilds to be garden leaders).  How this process plays out will depend on who steps up and how YOU want your community garden leadership role to function.


    Okay, I said it and I hope to see some new excitement in Community Garden Leadership thread.



    What about the update?  Well, maybe someone who has been there can provide an update.  Last I recall, we build an awesome shed filled with cool tools and we planted some trees.... and it rained.  And darkraptor is on track to win the Grow Your Own contest with no other active participants.



    Right, how about the feedback?  What do you all think of the community garden?  What would encourage you to use it more?  Are you aware that when you grow plants in the community garden, you get that harvest in your inventory?  What could work better?  What holds you back from using it?  I can ask a host of questions, but really, I'd much rather just hear from you.  You know what you want to say.  Please say it.


    I'd REALLY like to hear from a lot of people.  The council and Mur are listening and everybody (especially me) needs to know how much time and energy to put into this project.  Judging from the announcements, it seems like we are on the verge of being able to hard-code much more of the garden process.  If you all want gardening to be featured in MD, you need to make clear what you want out of it and let your actions speak as loud as your words.


    Somehow this came out a little more like a rant than I intended.  It's been a little frustrating to me that 200 people have participated in the development of the community garden, but at the end of the day it's still just me rolling the ball.


    Please give your feedback, whether you have participated or not.


    Thanks so much everyone.

  10. My computer went haywire today and will likely be out of commission forever. Until I purchase a new laptop, I'll be mostly unavailable. I can easily access the forum on my phone, but I will not really be available in game...not that I have been particularly present in game recently anyway...but I'll be gone until I find a replacement.

    Keep up with your community garden plots and grow your own contest. Darkraptor, looking good.

    Take care all!

  11. Tree planting during the Spring Festival

    [b]Day 78, Year 8[/b]
    [20/03/13 02:56] Sagewoman:Greetings Rumi
    [20/03/13 02:57] Rumi:Hi Sage
    [20/03/13 02:57] Sagewoman:That is quite an extensive inventory you have.
    [20/03/13 02:57] Rumi:It's mostly the community garden treasury
    [20/03/13 02:58] Rumi:a few things are my personal items
    [20/03/13 02:58] Sagewoman:You have no flowers.
    [20/03/13 02:58] Rumi:i think i gave them all to someone some time ago
    [20/03/13 02:58] Rumi:i haven't harvested herbs in a long time
    [20/03/13 02:59] Rumi:i'd love to get some more
    [20/03/13 02:59] Rumi:oh, i gave them to Bob the Tree
    [20/03/13 02:59] Rumi:i remember now
    [20/03/13 02:59] Sagewoman:Alas I just gifted mine to a Vertu just because.
    [20/03/13 02:59] Sagewoman:All I have left is sawdust and a piece of cake.
    [20/03/13 03:00] Rumi:do you want some candy?
    [20/03/13 03:00] Rumi:i think i have some green candy
    [20/03/13 03:00] Sagewoman:If you have some to spare. Thank you.
    [20/03/13 03:00] :Rumi passed Green Candy to Sagewoman
    [20/03/13 03:00] Sagewoman:I've added you to my friends list. Next time I get flowers I'll be sure to send you a message.
    [20/03/13 03:01] Rumi:We're having a tree planting party in an hour
    [20/03/13 03:01] Sagewoman:Oh how wonderful!
    [20/03/13 03:01] Rumi:Celebrating the first day of Spring
    [20/03/13 03:02] Rumi:I thought it was about to begin, and I realized america and romania have different daylight savings for a few weeks
    [20/03/13 03:02] Rumi:i'm just glad i didn't schedule it for an hour ago and not show up
    [20/03/13 03:02] Rumi:i'm going to take a bath and i'll be back in an hour
    [20/03/13 03:02] Sagewoman:I must go too.
    [20/03/13 03:03] Sagewoman:I hope you have a good turn out rumi.
    [20/03/13 03:03] Rumi:Come back for tree planting
    [20/03/13 03:03] Rumi:bring a sapling
    [20/03/13 03:03] Rumi:Or send me a message with the kind of tree you'd like planted for you
    [20/03/13 03:03] Sagewoman:I wish I could but other plans have been made.
    [20/03/13 03:03] Sagewoman:A weeping willow.
    [20/03/13 03:03] Sagewoman:I love those trees.
    [20/03/13 03:04] Rumi:That shouldn't be too hard to come by
    [20/03/13 03:04] Rumi:i bet we can get a cutting from willow's walk
    [20/03/13 03:04] Sagewoman:I should say not.
    [20/03/13 03:04] Sagewoman:Thank you for your kindess and committment.
    [20/03/13 03:04] Rumi:i think to plant some white sage too, i thought you might like that... being sagewoman and all
    [20/03/13 03:04] :Sagewoman blushes
    [20/03/13 03:05] Rumi:we'll probably plant a whole mess of salvias, but white sage is my favorite... it's really magical stuff
    [20/03/13 03:05] Sagewoman:Just make sure that Nightsage and wolfbane are not planted here, k?
    [20/03/13 03:06] Rumi:people can plant whatever they choose in their personal plot (with some exceptions)
    [20/03/13 03:06] Sagewoman:I have to go now.
    [20/03/13 03:06] Rumi:See you around
    [20/03/13 03:06] Sagewoman:Blessed be, Rumi!
    [20/03/13 04:04] Rumi:Hi Change
    [20/03/13 04:12] Change:Hello! (distracted atm, but I will be here soon)
    [20/03/13 04:13] Rumi:hi everyone
    [20/03/13 04:16] Rumi:i'll be back

    : Rumi walks up the path by the willow tree
    Rumi: Ah, here we are
    : Rumi walks over to the base of the tree
    : Rumi steps out into the water beneath the tree
    : Rumi reaches up and grabs the low hanging branch
    : Rumi examines the branch and breaks off a healthy young twig with buds
    Rumi: this ought to do
    : Rumi walks back up onto dry land
    : Rumi wrings out some of the water from his robe
    : Rumi walks back to the road and continues on toward Willow's Shop

    [20/03/13 04:24] :Rumi returns, carrying a small weeping willow branch
    [20/03/13 04:25] :Rumi walks up the hill to the toolshed
    [20/03/13 04:25] :Rumi stands beside the toolshed, looking out over the western slope
    [20/03/13 04:35] :Rumi walks across the hill to the mid-section of the western slope, below the apple and oak saplings
    [20/03/13 04:35] :Rumi takes out his A-Frame level
    [20/03/13 04:36] :Rumi chooses a starting point and marks it on the ground with a piece of raw glass
    [20/03/13 04:37] :Rumi sets one leg of the A-Frame level by the raw glass and begins walking it across the slope on contour, marking each contour segment with a piece of raw glass
    [20/03/13 04:39] :Rumi works his way a short distance across the hillside, roughly matching the swale and berm above
    [20/03/13 04:40] :Rumi finishes marking the contour and brings the A-Frame level back to the toolshed
    [20/03/13 04:41] :Rumi returns with a maddox, and a cultivator rake
    [20/03/13 04:43] :Rumi begins breaking up the earth on the uphill side of the contour line with the maddox
    [20/03/13 04:44] :Rumi slowly works his way from the eastern point where he started to the west
    [20/03/13 04:45] :Rumi listens to sparrows singing in the distance while he digs
    [20/03/13 04:49] :Nyx Xyn nods to those around
    [20/03/13 04:49] :Rumi notices Nyx Xyn down by the road
    [20/03/13 04:49] :Rumi stops digging and waves
    [20/03/13 04:49] Rumi:Hey there
    [20/03/13 04:50] Nyx Xyn:How d'you do?
    [20/03/13 04:51] Rumi:I'm well, and you?
    [20/03/13 04:52] :Change goes 'Phew!' for no apparent reason
    [20/03/13 04:52] Nyx Xyn:I'm well, thank you
    [20/03/13 04:52] :Rumi smiles at Change
    [20/03/13 04:53] :Change smiles back and frowns when she looks at her pouch of seeds and dried flowers
    [20/03/13 04:55] Rumi:Are you getting ready to plant?
    [20/03/13 04:56] :Rumi resumes his digging
    [20/03/13 04:59] Nyx Xyn:Goodnight *nods to Rumi and Change*
    [20/03/13 05:00] Change: *summons Miss Daimon and nods* I have a vague idea how but-
    [20/03/13 05:00] Change:Goodnight! *waves*
    [20/03/13 05:00] Rumi:Take care. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Spring!
    [20/03/13 05:02] :Rumi finishes working his way across the slope and sets down his maddox
    [20/03/13 05:03] Change:What to plant.. the seeds from the flowers will come loose if I shake them, right?
    [20/03/13 05:03] :Rumi picks up the cultivator rake and begins dragging the busted up earth from above the contour line to below it, forming a swale and berm
    [20/03/13 05:04] Rumi:Yes, that should work just fine
    [20/03/13 05:07] :Rumi works his way back across the hillside toward the east
    [20/03/13 05:11] :Change finds a purplish flower and shakes it onto one of the stones, smiling as some seeds come out
    [20/03/13 05:12] Change:Where should my plot be? *looks around*
    [20/03/13 05:14] Rumi:Why don't you take that plot next to Nimrodel's garden? *points to the fallow plot surrounded by an elegant fence and gate with vines*
    [20/03/13 05:14] Rumi:I really like her plot... It's kind of the center-piece of the community plots, right now
    [20/03/13 05:14] Rumi:You'll be in good company
    [20/03/13 05:15] Change:She did give me quite a few pointers before *smiles* , though I forget a few of them.
    [20/03/13 05:16] Change:Hmm, it seems right in the open though.
    [20/03/13 05:17] Rumi:Did you want something more secluded?
    [20/03/13 05:17] :Change points to the bend in the middle to the left of the leftmost rock
    [20/03/13 05:18] Change:Something like that kind of place. *nods*
    [20/03/13 05:18] Rumi:You mean down near the bottom?
    [20/03/13 05:19] Change: *blinks as she notices something* Yes, and to the side.
    [20/03/13 05:20] :Change brushes the purplish seeds into her hand and stands up
    [20/03/13 05:21] Rumi: (i'm having trouble seeing exactly where you mean... for the most part the community plots are on the hillside between the toolshed and the west arrow, but feel free to set up wherever you like)
    [20/03/13 05:22] Change: (Ah. Is it actually drawn there lightly?)
    [20/03/13 05:23] :Change scratches her head as she thinks of where to have her garden
    [20/03/13 05:23] Rumi: (no... but you can find it in the community garden design thread)
    [20/03/13 05:23] Rumi: [Forum link]
    [20/03/13 05:25] :Rumi finishes raking the dirt down from above the contour, making a nice swale and berm across the western slope
    [20/03/13 05:26] Change: (Still going to be the tree and pathway?)
    [20/03/13 05:29] Rumi: (the design map in post 17 is probably the best design overview i have available)
    [20/03/13 05:30] Rumi: (some design updates since then, but that gives the best basic idea)
    [20/03/13 05:31] Rumi: (big tree in the middle might be a fire pit instead... still up in the air)
    [20/03/13 05:31] Change: ( *nods* )
    [20/03/13 05:33] :Rumi goes back over the berm and swale one more time with the cultivator rake, doing some final sculpting and smoothing
    [20/03/13 05:37] Rumi: *finishes shaping the swale and berm* That ought to do just fine
    [20/03/13 05:37] :Rumi takes the maddox and cultivator rake back up to the toolshed
    [20/03/13 05:37] :Change looks over at Rumi in awe
    [20/03/13 05:39] :Rumi returns to the new swale, carrying the weeping willow branch
    [20/03/13 05:39] Change: (How big are the plots?)
    [20/03/13 05:40] Rumi: (they're just the right size for you)
    [20/03/13 05:40] Change: (So, they change depending on my mood? Heheh.)
    [20/03/13 05:41] Rumi: (my vision for the overall garden has developed along a specific framework, but your personal plot can follow your personal vision)
    [20/03/13 05:41] Rumi: (it's all relative, and it scales up and down easily)
    [20/03/13 05:42] Change: (Yes, but if I decide on a small plot, I'll want a bigger one next week. And I want my plot to be surrounded by other plots)
    [20/03/13 05:43] Rumi: (sounds like you have it all worked out)
    [20/03/13 05:44] Rumi: (all you need to do now is start working your plot and planting your seeds)
    [20/03/13 05:44] :Rumi walks to the center of the swale and sets the weeping willow branch down
    [20/03/13 05:45] :Rumi takes out his hori-hori and withdraws the blade from its sheath
    [20/03/13 05:45] Change: (So my plot can magically get bigger and smaller, bringing the others in around it depending on my moods?)
    [20/03/13 05:46] Rumi: (it's up to you how you want to roleplay.... i've seen some pretty wild things since I joined the realm)
    [20/03/13 05:47] :Change walks over to the left of where the grape arbor is supposed to be
    [20/03/13 05:47] Rumi: (you set your own parameters and just pay attention to the RP Reality requirement)
    [20/03/13 05:48] Change: ( *chuckles* )
    [20/03/13 05:48] Change: (Is the soil already tilled/grass removed?)
    [20/03/13 05:48] :Rumi digs a small hole below the berm with his hori-hori
    [20/03/13 05:49] Change: *beckons to Miss Daimon* Help me with this.
    [20/03/13 05:49] Rumi: (no)
    [20/03/13 05:50] :Rumi plants the weeping willow branch into the hole, mostly buried with just the tip of the branch sticking up out of the ground
    [20/03/13 05:51] Change: *watches as she slithers over to her. Change frowns as she looks at the grass* Now how to remove this stupid green stuff?
    [20/03/13 05:52] :Rumi kneels down low to the ground and bows his head and quietly says a prayer for the willow tree
    [20/03/13 05:52] :Rumi smiles and stands
    [20/03/13 05:52] :Rumi walks to the west end of the swale
    [20/03/13 05:53] :Rumi digs a tiny hole with his hori-hori
    [20/03/13 05:53] Rumi:Hiya Mya
    [20/03/13 05:53] *Mya Celestia*: *smiles* Hello Rumi and Change
    [20/03/13 05:53] :Change waves to Mya and looks between Rumi and Mya
    [20/03/13 05:54] :Rumi takes a small plum seed from a pouch in his robe and sets it in the hole
    [20/03/13 05:54] Change:Hello! Either of you know how to get rid of this grass? *points to the grass in front of her*
    [20/03/13 05:54] :Rumi covers the hole with dirt
    [20/03/13 05:54] Rumi:Why don't you burn it off with that drachorn?
    [20/03/13 05:54] *Mya Celestia*:You could work out your muscles and dig it out
    [20/03/13 05:55] Change:I'd ask Puff to claw it up but-
    [20/03/13 05:55] Rumi:Or you could grab a tool from the toolshed and bust it out manually
    [20/03/13 05:55] Change:Burn it? *blinks* Wouldn't that be dangerous?
    [20/03/13 05:56] Change:Shed, right. There should be something in there.
    [20/03/13 05:56] :Rumi kneels down and says a prayer for the plum seed
    [20/03/13 05:56] :Rumi smiles and stands
    [20/03/13 05:57] :Rumi walks to the east end of the swale
    [20/03/13 05:57] :Rumi digs a small hole in the berm with his hori-hori
    [20/03/13 05:57] :Rumi takes out a peach pit from a pouch in his robe
    [20/03/13 05:58] :Rumi sets the peach pit down in the hole and covers it with dirt
    [20/03/13 05:58] :Change tells Miss Daimon to wait as she walks towards the shed. She enters it and rummages around for a sharp tool. She finds a small spade and walks back to her plot to be
    [20/03/13 05:58] :Rumi kneels and says a quiet prayer for the peach
    [20/03/13 05:59] :Rumi smiles and stands
    [20/03/13 05:59] *Mya Celestia*:Looking good *smiles*
    [20/03/13 06:00] Rumi:I was going to summon the rain, but i don't want to mess up your plot cultivation
    [20/03/13 06:00] Rumi:i'll just water these in from a can today
    [20/03/13 06:00] :*Mya Celestia* waves and walks off
    [20/03/13 06:01] Change:Bye!
    [20/03/13 06:01] :Rumi puts away his hori-hori and walks to the toolshed
    [20/03/13 06:01] :Rumi goes inside and comes out with a watering can
    [20/03/13 06:02] :Rumi walks over to the rain tank and fills the watering can from the spigot
    [20/03/13 06:02] :Change stabs the spade into the ground and winces from the effort as tries to dig up the grass
    [20/03/13 06:03] :Rumi walks down to the new swale and waters the willow branch and each of the seeds
    [20/03/13 06:03] :Change sighs and lets go of the spade as she feels that it will break if she tries harder
    [20/03/13 06:03] Change:This is hard! *frowns*
    [20/03/13 06:04] :Rumi returns to the toolshed and drops off the empty watering can
    [20/03/13 06:05] Rumi:Why don't you get one of your creatures to manage that spade?
    [20/03/13 06:05] Rumi:Do you have a loreroot archer?
    [20/03/13 06:06] Change: *nods* And a sharper one. I feel like it should be easier though. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.
    [20/03/13 06:07] Rumi:Busting up sod can be fairly labor intensive
    [20/03/13 06:08] Rumi:You don't necessarily need to bust it up to plant... but other methods can be tricky in their own ways
    [20/03/13 06:08] Rumi:Don't get discouraged, just keep at it
    [20/03/13 06:09] Rumi: (I gotta go to bed, or i'd offer to help)
    [20/03/13 06:09] Change: *nods slowly* I want to make a small circle, about a foot in diameter. It's easy to pierce the spade into the ground, but hard to lift the dirt up.. impossible actually.
    [20/03/13 06:09] Change: ( *nods* )
    [20/03/13 06:10] Rumi: (can you keep a log of your actions? I'm going to post everything up to this point... you can add the rest to your personal garden log)
    [20/03/13 06:10] Change: *takes the spade out of the ground and makes another stab next to her first one* Hmm.. I could make an outline.
    [20/03/13 06:10] Rumi:I'm going to rest a while
    [20/03/13 06:11] Change: (Already have to a point, though I missed some so yours will be appreciated. Yup.)
    [20/03/13 06:11] Change:Okay. *smiles* See you later.
    [20/03/13 06:11] Rumi:I think your design is promising
    [20/03/13 06:11] Rumi:I look forward to seeing your progress when I wake *smiles*
    [20/03/13 06:12] Change:Thanks! I hope I make some. Sleep well.
    [20/03/13 06:12] :Rumi sits in his favorite spot, nearby Change's plot
    [20/03/13 06:12] :Rumi inhales deeply
    [20/03/13 06:12] :Rumi exhales slowly
    [20/03/13 06:12] :Rumi closes his eyes

  12. Spring is upon us and we're gonna get festive!

    March 20 is the first day of spring and we will celebrate in the Community Garden @ 4:00st by planting trees on the western slope of the Community Garden to continue the establishment of our forest garden.

    Bring your seeds, seedlings, and saplings that you want to grow as a shared treasure of the community. We especially love fruit trees, but we are by no means limited to just fruits and nuts. Lets make it beautiful, tasty, and fun! Some ideas have been already shared on the [url="http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/9588-community-garden-plant-list/"]Community Garden Plant List[/url].

    Anyone who wants to work on their personal plot is encouraged to come for our festival. It will be a great time to talk gardening with others and borrow each others tools and resources. Don't forget to use the [url="http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/forum/303-community-garden-logs/"]Community Garden logs[/url] if you want to reap what you sow.

    With the coming of spring, we start another round of the [url="http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/13696-grow-your-own/"]Grow Your Own[/url] contest. Those who started mid-winter should continue their work and photography and now is a great time of year to join the pool of gardeners. Next full moon is in about a week, so have your cameras ready.

    Provided we have time and participants, there will be poetry and story contests during the festival with rewards from the Community Garden treasury. I also have another contest in mind, involving recipe-making, so maybe study up on your cauldron scripting and bring a tea or cake recipe book.

    See you all in the garden!

  13. The Grow Your Own Sub-Forum is all ready.


    Contest participants should read the pinned thread and begin posting. Starting today, every full moon and new moon require a post to participate. More frequent posting is welcome.

    Happy gardening everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing your work.

  14. Welcome everyone to the Grow Your Own Sub-Forum.

    This is the place for posting your garden photography for the [url="http://magicduel.invisionzone.com/topic/13696-grow-your-own/"]Grow Your Own[/url] contest. Please remember to upload your photography elsewhere and use image links so your images will display in posts.

    Each player should make a topic for your own garden. You need to post a minimum of once every two weeks, on the new moon and the full moon. You can post more frequently if you wish, and I encourage you to do so. Some parts of this contest will be voted on by the community at large. The more you offer, the more we have to impress us. Participants who post daily and make a stop motion video of their work will be eligible for the wishpoint contest.

    Please use the following format for your Grow Your Own photography:

    Topic Title:
    [Playername]'s Garden

    Each day's photography belongs in it's own post. Please Begin each post with the date. Whenever you post with the new moon and full moon, give a little update on what's going on in your garden. It can be as simple as a caption to go with the photograph or as much detail as you like about the happenings in your garden.

    You are welcome to post comments on each others' topics, but please keep it pertinent to the photography or accompanying comments.

    Thanks to everyone participating.

    Happy Gardening!

  15. @No one

    Fire is an incredibly useful wholistic landscape management tool. However, the appropriate use of fire is not analagous to the resource depletion you promote in MD.

    Thr use of fire in ecological management essentially promotes healthy new growth while eliminating dangerous, stagnant, or diseased older growth. An example is regular use of fire in a forest to eliminate the understory buildup of brush and limbs. This is called the fire ladder and presents a threat to the mature canopy when not regularly eliminated. The lack of natural or managed forest fires over 100 years in the American West is the reason our forest fires today are so devastating.

    While the underuse of fire presents opportunities for the build-up of stagnant ecology, the overuse simply destroys that which you are trying to save. A first cannot survive a constant conflagration, which removes all moisture and eventually burns all living things to the ground.

    Some further examples:

    Pruning will extend the life of a tree or other plant by eliminating older and disease prone limbs. Proper pruning of a tree can extend the life by many years. Coppicing is an extreme form of pruning where you cut the tree back to the ground to allow complete regrowth. In Europe, coppicing of trees in hedgerows and around farm fields kept trees alive for centuries that would not have survived without being cut, all while proving farmers lumber and firewood.

    Again, pruning and coppicing have their limits. The general rule in pruning is take no more than 1/3 of the top growth in any year. For plants that can coppice and regrow, you cannot cut them back to stumps every year or eventually the root system will die back just the same as the top growth.

    In pasture or prairie management, growth is checked through the use of grazing animals. Managed rotational grazing of cattle herds mimics the natural herd migrations such as the wildebeest heed in Africa and the buffalo herds once found in North America. These animals move in established migration patterns which allow full growth of pasture grasses, followed by regulation of biomass through consumption. Fields where grazing herds are not present present fire a fire danger, and often lose mature ecological elements as other ecologies move into the space.

    The overuse of cattle on a pasture, or overgrazing, which is very common on farms and ranches across the world occurs when their it's no migration pattern. Pasture animals easily destroy the field ecology, leaving a bare stubble of growth. Without strong root systems, compaction occurs under the weight of the animals and the soil structure is destroyed. Regeneration of these fields can take years in the best of conditions, and decades or centuries in areas prone to desertification.

    So, back to you No one. The constant depletion of resources is in no way like the benefits of fire. Appropriate management would be allowing full regrowth after each depletion or daily "pruning" of resources from full down to the percentage that provides full regrowth each day. These are two ways that maximize harvest and mimic the general process of nature. Since the day the first herb basket was available, the Meeting of the Roads scene has not once, NOT ONCE, had 18/18 herbs. You and your companions have overgrazed it like a herd of stupid cows. You have yet to produce any decent milk or meat and instead you have provided this load of infertile bull**** :P

  16. @dst

    You have not missed the start. Where I live today is the best first day for planting cool session seeds. In fact, that's just what I did today. I started about 1600 brassica seeds in the greenhouse on the organic farm where I work.

    As for your questions, I told you there will be flexibility. Injuries and funerals are the very definition of flexibility in this case. If your work schedule makes it prohibitive, do your best. I don't want to exclude anyone, but the wishpoint contest really requires the best work. Your stop motion video will speak for itself if you've done well. Depending on how many people make these videos, we'll determine how many wishpoints (if more than one) we can award. If you're competing against someone whose video has been daily photography, they're simply going to have an advantage.

    I hope this clears up your concerns. Feel free to PM if you have questions specific to your situation.

  17. We just passed the first new moon and I have received questions about where to post your photos. I am adding a new sub-forum to the Community Garden forum where each participant can have their own thread, just like the community garden logs. A link will be added to the top post on this thread when it's ready.

    Until the new sub-forum is approved and set up by chewett, please just sit tight and hold onto your photos.

    A reminder as well, you will need to use another upload service as our forum storage remains near capacity. It won't hurt to think about this ahead of time and set it up if you're ready. As far as I know, storenow.net (Mur's upload service) links are supposed to expire, but don't. Maybe Chewett or someone else can offer a better recommendation. I having begun storing all my uploads on a hidden section of my business website.

    Happy gardening!

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