Saturday Linkages: Poultry Shaming, Horse Treadmills and Garden Snark

...ks to stop distracted driver legislation http://reut.rs/1h9V6Jx  Choosing a Secure Password http://boingboing.net/2014/02/25/choosing-a-secure-password.html … Physicists find a new ‘state of matter’ in the eyes of chickens http://io9.com/physicists-find-a-new-state-of-matter-in-the-eyes-of-1530484600 … For these links and more, follow Root Simple on Twitter: Follow @rootsimple...

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Pierce Disease Resistant Grape Vines for Southern California

ailures I decided to follow his advice. Here’s the vines we ended up with: Vitus Californica This monster has completely covered an ugly chain link fence. One of my garden duties at this time of year is beating it back, otherwise it would swallow our house and the neighbor’s. For some reason it has never produced any fruit (I think it may be male). From the Las Pilitas Nursery website: California grape is a deciduous vine to 30′...

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Defining a Garden’s Purpose

Organic Mechanic’s Garden in San Francisco I’m an idiot when it comes to garden design. To up my skills in this department I attended the annual Garden Blogger’s Fling last week, which took place this year in San Francisco. Thankfully the Fling did not involve sitting in a sterile hotel conference room. Instead, we boarded two buses and took a look at fifteen spectacular gardens in the bay area over three days. I’ll share...

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Arduino Homesteading Projects

...troller thingy. It’s got a bunch of digital outputs, analog and digital inputs and a programmable microchip. You download a program onto the chip (either one you’ve written yourself or one of thousands of programs others have written) and then hook up electronics to the inputs and/or outputs. The Arduino can then be disconnected from your computer to run autonomously. You can get a nearly infinite number of devices, called “shi...

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Permaculturalist Paul Wheaton in Los Angeles

...A’s food culture. Darren Butler of EcoWorkshops.com 3:30pm to 5pm Systems Gardening Does gardening have to be such hard work? Learn how to work with Nature’s systems to make your garden easier to manage and more productive than ever before. Paul Wheaton on Irrigation Free Gardening at Armory Center for the Arts 6pm to 8pm   Paul will discuss Permaculture strategies to eliminate the need for irrigation in our gardens.  An especially relevant...

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Saturday Linkages: Makers, Haters and Beekeeping Donkeys

Critters Beekeeping Donkey is a Honey Farmer’s Best Friend : TreeHugger http://www.treehugger.com/culture/honey-farmer-creates-beekeeping-suit-his-donkey.html … via bikejuju Rental Search, Caused by Storm, Is Complicated by Pet Chickens http://nyti.ms/VXoM3v Gardening Exactly what wildlife do we want overwintering in our beds? | Garden Rant http://gardenrant.com/2012/11/what-wildlife-do-we-want-overwintering-in-our-beds.html … Grounded De...

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The Urban Homestead

...Barnes & Nobel • Powell’s and your local indie bookstore This celebrated, essential handbook for the urban homesteading movement shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you t...

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To each hen her own egg

...ing chickens – Update on chicken integration: Regular readers may remember that we had to integrate Handsome, the surviving elder hen from our last flock, with this new flock. This involved many stages, but no violence, thankfully. At first, the new flock shunned Handsome. Handsome, a five-year old Ameraucana, who’d had only us humans for company for months, seemed sad. Then the tables turned and Handsome took over the coop. She had b...

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Our Keyhole Vegetable Bed: What Worked and What Didn’t Work

may have helped prevent skunk incursions. The compost bin in the center of the bed should have been sturdier. Skunks got into it eventually. The cheap bagged soil I bought had a lot of wood chips in it. Brassicas did fine but other veggies did not appreciate the high carbon content of the bagged soil. It would have been better to make my own soil with high quality compost, but I was in a hurry. Clover in the keyhole bed did well and produced som...

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