Growing Your Own Soapnut Tree

The soap nut tree Sapindus Mukorossi aka Indian Soapberry is a very large tree that produces prodigious amounts of a soaponifying nut that you can use as a greywater safe laundry detergent, dish and hand soap. Mrs. Homegrown wants to rip out my beloved Mission Fig tree to plant the one that Craig at Winnetka Farms gave us last year. I’m going to chain myself to the fig.

That being said, I wish we had more room to plant our soapnut tree. Sapindus Mukorossi requires a fertile soil and a frost free climate. It’s a tall tree that can take as long as ten years to begin fruiting. A friend of mine has one growing in Altadena.

Sapindus Mukorossi needs lots of water. Craig has pointed out the perfect permacultural pairing for our dry climate–use the greywater from your washing machine to water your soap nut tree.

It can be a bit tough to get the seeds to germinate. Here’s some instructions on how to grow Sapindus Mukorossi from seed.

If you’re in LA you can buy a tree from the folks at Winnetka Farms.

I vote for Sapindus Mukorossi as LA’s next street tree . . .

Transition Founder Rob Hopkins in Pasadena


Monday, October 14: Pasadena, CA
“Just Doing Stuff”
Talk and Fair
10:30am–2:00pm
Transition Pasadena hosts Rob Hopkins speaking at 11:00am about climate change and how communities across the country and world are transforming their economic, energy and food systems from the bottom up. Welcome by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

At the Fair: Repair Café, Learning Garden tours, potluck lunch, and networking with local sustainability groups and neighboring Transition Initiatives.

Throop Unitarian Universalist Church
300 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Tickets: $10, pre-register for $5 at
www.justdoingstuffpasadena.eventbrite.com

Transition Founder Rob Hopkins in Los Angeles

TRANSITION MOVEMENTRob Hopkins, the founder of the international Transition movement is coming to Los Angeles for two events:

Sunday, October 13: Westchester, CA
“Just Doing Stuff” Festival
2:30–4:30pm
Fun for all ages: Live music, food, transition-related displays and interaction in the beautiful Emerson Avenue Community
Garden, at 80th Place, Westchester 90045

Festival is free.
“Just Doing Stuff” Panel
5:00–7:00pm
Rob Hopkins’ talk and conversation
with friends:
Andy Lipkis, founder and director
of TreePeople
D’artagnan Scorza, executive director of the Social Justice Learning Institute
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice-Mayor and core member Transition Culver City
Joanne Poyourow, Initiator Transition LA, Environmental Change-Makers

Westchester United Methodist Church.
8065 Emerson Ave, Westchester, CA 90045
Tickets: $10 pre-registration required at
www.thepowerofjustdoingstuff.eventbrite.com

Saturday Linkages: Passive Cooling, Cats and Three Mules

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A Passively Cooled House in the Tropics http://www.notechmagazine.com/2013/09/a-passively-cooled-house-in-the-tropics.html …

Catification: Beautiful Cat Climbing Shelves http://jacksongalaxy.com/2013/09/22/catification-beautiful-cat-climbing-shelves/ …

DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes http://inhabitat.com/diy-video-how-to-make-a-mason-jar-herb-garden-with-model-summer-rayne-oakes/

An Open Source Community Model to Save Seeds – a WordPress Seedbank Plugin http://permaculturenews.org/2013/09/25/an-open-source-community-model-to-save-seeds-a-wordpress-seedbank-plugin/ …

Permaculture Paradise at Alex’s PermaGarden – Part 1 http://www.naturalbuildingblog.com/permaculture-paradise-at-alexs-permagarden-part-1/ …

Growing the color blue: http://chickweedpatch.com/2013/09/24/growing-the-color-blue/ …

Handcarts on Rails http://www.notechmagazine.com/2013/09/handcarts-on-rails.html …

Brooklyn firm specializes in creating furniture from bowling alley remnants http://on.wsj.com/1fe86iv 

Compost warnings to follow Legionella outbreak http://barfblog.com/2013/09/compost-warnings-to-follow-legionella-outbreak/ …

LA’s bird killing buildings: http://curbed.cc/18nZ9h1 

Climate change: Reporting the Future http://www.notechmagazine.com/2013/09/reporting-the-future.html …

Chicken troubles: Lash http://hencam.com/henblog/2013/09/lash/ …

The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-19/how-germany-s-alw-got-busted-for-the-largest-food-fraud-in-u-dot-s-dot-history …

Our Right to be Outside: Three Mules http://www.notechmagazine.com/2013/09/our-right-to-be-outside-three-mules.html …

Roads Kill: Mapping the Automobile’s Global Body Count (Be sure to go full screen with the map for the interactive presentation.) http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/09/25/roads-kill-mapping-the-automobiles-global-body-count/ …

Eyes on the Street: the Ongoing Humiliation of the Spring Street Bike Lanes http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/09/23/eyes-on-the-street-the-ongoing-humiliation-of-the-spring-street-bike-lanes/ …

I just backed the film, BIKES vs CARS – WE ARE MANY on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1f7i1Xj 

@homedepot @lowes: 2/3 of our food crops need bees! Stop selling bee-killing pesticides! #BeeAction @foe_us http://www.beeaction.org 

Your Future in Farming & Homesteading: FREE 3-Day Webcast Event! (Oct. 1-3, 2013) http://permaculturenews.org/2013/09/25/your-future-in-farming-homesteading-free-3-day-webcast-event/ …

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