Lord of the Flies Inspired Bike Rack

Homegrown Neighbor here. When I saw this unique piece of public art/functional bike rack I just had to stop and take a picture to share.  I was on my way home from the Central Library, where I had checked out some books on Belgian beer for a project I’m working on. I walked up Broadway to catch the bus home, stopping at Grand Central Market on the way. But outside the market I saw this truly strange sculpture with many bikes locked to it....

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Land Girls

...oth photos and graphics from the period are fantastic: U.K. women in working the plow, and workin’ some fine style, too. Women volunteering in an Oregon hops field . They look so happy (and stripey)! Were they paid in beer? We’d never heard about the WLA prior to today–which is astonishing and a little sad–and stranger still, of all sources, we have the louche Chap magazine to thank for this increase in knowledge. They r...

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Making It

...ctivities done in the home, in the garden and out on the streets. Provides step-by-step instructions for a wide range of projects, from building a 99-cent solar oven to making your own laundry soap to instructions for brewing beer. Making It is the go-to source for post-consumer living activities that are fun, inexpensive and eminently doable. Our goal in this book was to provide really stripped down, simple projects that use only inexpensive, ea...

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Busting open a Durian

Via Mark Frauenfelder over on BoingBoing, a trailer for Adam Leith Gollner’s entertaining book, The Fruit Hunters: Is their something about being an older white man of a certain age and exotic fruit? Mrs. Homegrown has become concerned about Mr. Homegrown dropping talk of durian into conversations at inappropriate moments of late. And look out Mrs. HG, because Mr. HG just heard about the Mimosa Nursery (thanks beer making Scott!), purveyor...

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Urine as a Fertilizer

...r house taught by Darren Butler, a big proponent of what he calls “pee-pee-ponics,” I thought I’d take a look at the science of urine use. Urine offers a free and readily available (at least after a night of beer drinking) alternative to organic nitrogen fertilizers such as blood meal. We’ve got a perpetual nitrogen deficiency in our vegetable beds and I hate buying industrial ag sourced items like blood meal. Urine is a g...

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Scott’s Pepsi-G Stove

...t make pancakes over one, and if you have a family to serve, you might want to consider carrying more than one of these stoves. My camping set up included the stove, a sawed off Foster’s can (you know, those extra large beer cans) as a cooking pot, a circle of chicken wire to balance the Foster’s can upon over the stove, and a bit of foil to block wind. It all tucked inside the Foster’s can for transport and weighted hardly anyt...

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Kelly’s 2012 To-Do List

..., thus I’m well overdue for a complete overhaul.) -Organize the labels or tags on Root Simple so our dear, somewhat abused readers can find information when they want it. -No processed sugar for the month of January. Or beer.  (sigh) -White flour, crackers, tortillas, pasta & etc. are designated as “treats” this year, as opposed to “staples.” -No internet surfing until after supper. No email in the morning. Emai...

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Our New Earth Oven and How We Built It

...Bottles acting as an insulation layer. We should have had Sierra Nevada sponsor this oven! Once the base was built we filled it with leftover gravel and adobe bricks. The top layer of the base is a mix of clay, straw and beer bottles. This acts as an insulation layer to keep the base from soaking up the heat of the oven. Laying the oven floor. The floor of the oven is made of standard red bricks set in a thin layer of sand. Fire br...

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