011 Cleaning, Long Crowing Roosters and Water Storage

Kosova long crowing rooster chick. Image: Wikimedia.

Kosova long crowing rooster chick. Image: Wikimedia.

In the eleventh episode of the Root Simple Podcast, Kelly and I discuss our new house cleaning routine, long crowing roosters and we answer a reader question about emergency water storage.

Apartment Therapy post on cleaning: How to Clean Your House on 20 minutes a Day for 30 Days.

Erik references the importance of processing your inbox, an idea learned from a book Getting Things Done by David Allen.

Long Crowing Roosters
The Wikipedia article on long crowing roosters.

A youtube playlist of long crowing roosters.

Musical break
“Banty Rooster Blues” by Charley Patton.

Listener Question: Water Storage for Emergencies
A correction to the podcast–the Food Safety Advisor is not free to download, but the information on water storage that I reference can be found here.

Amazon link to the water storage container we use.

If you want to leave a question for the Root Simple Podcast please call (213) 537-2591 or send an email to [email protected]You can subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store and on StitcherThe theme music is by Dr. Frankenstein. Additional music by Rho. A downloadable version of this podcast is here.

Biodynamic Composting Workshop


I’m teaching a hands-on biodynamic composting workshop at a local Waldorf school this weekend and looking forward to seeing some of you. We’ll go over the science of compost and the intention focusing thoughtstylings of Rudolf Steiner.

What: Biodynamic Composting Workshop
When: 8/9/2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Highland Hall Garden in Northridge, California

Learn how to create your own compost!

Compost builds soil, creates life, grows food and saves the planet! In this hands-on workshop we’ll build a compost pile out of materials commonly available in Southern California. We’ll also cover the use of and apply Steiner’s biodynamic preps.

Our workshop will be led by Erik Knutzen of Root Simple.

Erik Knutzen is the author, with his wife Kelly Coyne, of The Urban Homestead and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post Consumer World. He blogs and produces a podcast at www.rootsimple.com.

Cost: $20 per person. Space is limited to 20 attendees. Children are free and welcome to participate under the supervision of their parents.  Register in advance here.

What to bring: hat, gloves, sturdy shoes – be prepared to get your hands dirty!

Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Bridget Kelley for more information:[email protected] 818-398-6385

Sponsored by the Garden Gnome Society at Highland Hall.

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Saturday Linkages: Invaders, Sick Chickens and Adaptive Reuse

Armadillo invaders!

More Foreign Invaders: Possums on the Half Shell | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2014/07/more-foreign-invaders-possums-on-the-half-shell.html …

Water rationing for farmers? It’s on the horizon http://garynabhan.com/i/archives/2494 

When To Isolate A Sick Chicken | HenCam http://hencam.com/henblog/2014/08/when-to-isolate-a-sick-chicken/ … via @terrygolson

Can Edible Gardening Reduce Deforestation? – http://go.shr.lc/1lkI1wO  via @TenthAcreFarm

How to Kill Poison Ivy – http://tafarm.us/1kEpTgQ  via @TenthAcreFarm

“Does Beauty Still Matter?” A thoughtful article by @mharrisonhough http://goo.gl/WxIcmv 

Adaptive Reuse: Old Stuff, New Life http://wp.me/p4fosC-i8

The Tree of 40 Fruit http://feedly.com/e/oYHHyvzf 

Protected Bike Lanes Grow in CA as Cities Face Down Old Concerns http://feedly.com/e/3IuLGbkP 

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Introducing the Root Simple Podcast Tab


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A More Graceful Dome

Image: Adobe Alliance.

Image: Adobe Alliance.

Kurt Gardella, the gifted adobe builder and instructor who built our backyard earth oven, left a comment on our geodesic dome post pointing out that earth is a better material for dome building.

The problem with wooden domes is that plywood and other sheet-based building materials, in the US, come in 4 by 8 foot sections. You end up wasting a lot of wood to make a dome. Building with earth solves this problem.


It’s also beautiful. Earth building offers the opportunity to do more graceful forms than can be accomplished with sheets of plywood. The example Kurt linked to is a house built by Simone Swan. You can see more photos of Swan’s house at the Adobe Alliance.