Revolution: A New TV Series About Extreme Suburban Homesteading

...we tell ourselves, magical flash drives can still save the day and maybe even power the whole world. It’s also telling that the voice over in the opening credits of Revolution reflects a fundamental confusion between an energy source and the means by which it’s delivered, “We used electricity for everything–even to grow food,” says the narrator. “Electricity” is not how we grow our food. Electricity is ge...

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News from the Kat Kingdom at Root Simple

...eases, and the newly identified one is very rare in young cats. The vet is fascinated by her case. But it doesn’t change her outcome much, just makes it all the more inevitable. Obviously she doesn’t have a lot of energy, but Trout does. The resulting dynamic between the two of them had become slightly worrisome. She could play with him for a bit, but then needed to rest. Trout didn’t understand that and would regularly disturb...

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Disconnect to Reconnect: Ditching the “Flushie” for a Composting Toilet

...of other organic waste and have the place to do so that will not create a nuisance (aka SMELL) for your neighbors or family. Waste should not foul potable aka drinkable water. Waste treatment plants use chemical and loads of energy (gas and electricity). Electricity by the way, depending how it is generated also uses large amounts of fresh water. Greywatering your house is a much more enjoyable way to stretch into your plumbing fantasies than de...

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World’s Largest Chard Grows in SIP

...grew back to full size. We took him  with us to our various gigs, both to show people what a SIP was and to blow their minds with the beauty of chard. I wish I had a pic of SuperChard in full leaf. In the photo above all his energy has gone into the flower, so the leaves are a sad shadow of their former glory. Basically, SuperChard used to look like an exotic, pampered tropical plant. One that did not mind rattling around in our hatchback and ge...

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Why I like being groped by the TSA

...take-out chicken for dinner and holding a hen in your arms as she dies. Human touch is always charged. Always important. During my first pat down, I stood there, arms outstretched, thinking about how the TSA officer’s energy and mine were combined at that moment. I wondered what secret communications were passing between our bodies–communications which would never rise to the level of the conscious. TSA Lady and I were in relatio...

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UMass Soil Testing

...ion. to protect the environment from contamination by runoff and leaching of excess fertilizers. to aid in the diagnosis of plant culture problems. to improve the soil’s nutritional balance. to save money and conserve energy by applying only the amount of fertilizer needed. to identify soils contaminated with lead or other heavy metals. The brochure they send with the results is geared towards New England soils, but begga...

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Climate Change and Personal Responsibility

...8217;m just frustrated. The last time that I can remember any president asking us to do something other than shop ’til we drop was Jimmy Carter, way back in 1977 when I was just a sprout: We must face the fact that the energy shortage is permanent. There is no way we can solve it quickly. But if we all cooperate and make modest sacrifices, if we learn to live thriftily and remember the importance of helping our neighbors, then we can find...

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The tale of the worm bin celery

...omegrown “cutting celery.” Perhaps commercial celery wants to revert to this? Months later, the hot weather arrived, the celery started to bolt (that is, send up flower stalks). When a plant bolts, it puts all its energy into flowering. At that point, its not much use to us as food. I was sad to lose my bottomless celery supply, but I was excited about the flowers. Pollinating insects love celery blossoms. Actually, they adore the who...

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We heal together

...217;ll disagree with anything I’m going to say–but we don’t agree on everything. His thoughts will come later. There is a French term, egregore, which is used to describe the spirit of a meeting, that unique energy that arises when a group of people come together to eat, work, or talk. It is almost a thing in itself, if you see what I mean. It rises out of certain combinations of people coming together for a specific purpose. Su...

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Piet Oudolf’s Enhanced Nature

...lants, sometimes by literally scattering seeds that will pop up seasonally and introduce spontaneity and wildness. Oudolf and Kingsbury favor perennials both for environmental reasons (popping in annuals every year supports a energy intensive nursery industry) and for aesthetics (perennials are more prevalent in the natural landscapes Oudolf is mimicking). Winter on the High Line. The tyranny of the rose Oudolf and Kingsbury stress the importanc...

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