Washing Machine Greywater Resources

Pantyhose filter For those of you attending our Wednesday night greywater workshop at Good and for those of you who can’t, here’s a list of resources for using your washing machine as a irrigation source: The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems by Art Ludwig. This is the bible of greywater. Follow Ludwig’s instructions and you can’t go wrong. Buy a copy via the link, and yo...

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A Warning About Straw

Claude Monet used straw (or is that hay?) for art. We use straw to catch chicken droppings! Straw is a very inexpensive and useful material for composting, mulching and animal bedding (we use it for all of these purposes). If you use it for mulch you’ll probably get some seeds that will germinate, but I’ve never found it to be a big problem in a small vegetable garden. I get my straw from the feed store, but you can often get it fo...

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Book Review: What the Robin Knows

...n everything is the “20 Minute This” and the “4 Hour That.”  But I understand the appeal of a lifelong practice myself, and I have the deepest respect of long term practitioners of any art. I just finished the book and spent 40 minutes this morning in the backyard, utterly puzzled.  It’s a beginning. A note on the text: The book is not structured like a “how-to” manual. It’s full of anecdotes and ha...

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Free Laundry to Landscape Plans

Judging from our blog comments, the drought here on the west coast has people thinking about greywater. We’ve blogged about it many times before, but it’s worth repeating. Greywater expert Art Ludwig has excellent free plans on his website for putting together a laundry to landscape greywater system. I put this same system in at my neighbor Lora’s house a few years ago and just finished replacing our older g...

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Campfire Cooking: Fish in Clay (& Vegetarian Options!)

...You can also try cooking veggies and firm fruit in clay, though Pascal also showed us that for veggies, a layer of grass can also work quite nicely. The principle is the same: insulation. We’ll talk the grass/veggie technique at the end of this post. For cooking a fish in clay, the first step is to find clay either in the wild or, in the case of this workshop, from the local art supply store. If you’re buying the clay, it doesn’...

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Does Sourdough Offer Hope for the Gluten Intolerant?

...Lactobacillus sanfranciscensis. In the last 20 years bakers around the world have revived the art of baking with a sourdough culture. At first this revival was related to flavor, but increasingly bakers are turning to sourdough cultures in the interest of health. It’s possible that the unique qualities of sourdough cultures may offer hope to those who think they are gluten intolerant or have an allergy to wheat.  A very s...

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A viewing suggestion from the media arm of Root Simple

...d cheese, blast furnaces and sheep shearing to follow! One last take away: Because my undergraduate degree is in art history, one thing that really struck me was how much everyone in this show looked like characters out of a Bruegel painting. If you know Pieter Bruegel’s work, you might remember how all his people have this particular stocky, stuffed, oddly jointed, funny-footed sort of look. I thought this was an artistic affectation.  Tur...

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The Other Kind of Fencing

...t to maintain. I fear that someday it will be dropped from the Olympics due to its complexity and the unsexiness of the head to toe uniforms. That said, I hope the sport will grow in popularity. It has a lot to offer. Fencing around the world Nearly every culture in the world has some form of fencing. There’s the Zen art of Kendo, of course. And Bruce Lee incorporated western fencing moves into his Jeet Kune Do system. A Root Simple reader...

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Brewing Demo

...#8217;s formula: beer=good, gin=bad Homegrown Evolution will be conducting an informal beer brewing demo as part of an art opening in Eagle Rock this weekend. Curated by Nate Garcia, Needle in a Haystack brings together an eclectic group of artists exploring community and public space, including our comrade Ari Kletzky of Islands of L.A., with whom we’ll be interacting during the course of the show. At the opening, on Saturday January 24th...

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