Erik’s New Years Resolutions

Normally I don’t do New Years resolutions. This year my resolution is . . . lots of resolutions. Here’s the list. I expect you to hold me to it: get HAM technician’s license learn Morse code attend CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes build cob oven in the backyard organize messy office so it doesn’t look like an episode of Hoarders organize supplies in garage into labeled boxes turn the garage into the ult...

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USDA Zone Based Veggie Planting Schedule

...ne 10, here in SoCal, was accurate. I’d be interested in hearing what those of you in other USDA zones think of this tool. Give the Vegetable Garden planting schedule a spin and leave a comment. I’m hoping to post tools like this on a resource page that will appear on this blog later this year and would appreciate your input. Thanks to Root Simple reader Kristen of the Urban Farm Blog for this tip. You can also scroll to the bottom...

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Mud for the People! Building an Adobe Garden Wall

...d level. He also showed how you would integrate doors and windows into and adobe structure. Nearing completion, the wall is looking so good that I want to rush home and build one myself. Kurt brought along an assortment of tools that you would use for plastering, including some really nice Japanese trowels. He also explained, that for the first plaster coat, you can also just use your hands. Such is the sculptural quality and plasticity of ado...

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Building With Adobe

...obe FormsBrick Laying TechniquesDoors, Windows and Other OpeningsDetailingSeismic DesignPermittingAdobe for the Owner/BuilderInstruction Type: This is a hands-on class. Attendees will have the opportunity to get dirty and use tools and equipment typical of adobe construction. Due to the course format, enrollment will be limited to 14 individuals. Children under the age of 14 unfortunately cannot be accommodated. In the unlikely event of inclement...

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Greywater Workshops in Los Angeles

...simple ways to reuse greywater, common types of systems, what products to use, and take a tour of several existing systems. We will also be creating a mock-up of a laundry-to-landscape greywater system with all the parts and tools needed to install it. Greywater System Maintenance: Advanced Workshop When: Friday October 14, 2011 – 1:00pm – 5:00pmWhere: LA Eco Village 117 Bimini Pl Los Angeles CA 90004Cost: Sliding scale $25-50Registe...

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How To Design a Garden Step III: Pathways

...eelchair accessibility is an issue make the path no smaller than 3 feet. For two people to pass each other you need 5 to 6 feet, though a path that big would be for a larger piece of land than we own. Consider the size of any tools or wheelbarrows you might need to accommodate. Materials I’m fond of mulch. It’s free, easy to maintain and breaks down into soil. I’ve used gravel in the past–it looks nice but it can be hard...

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How to Make Soba Noodles

...ese flour we used in class is priced like cocaine and is not sold in the US. The buckwheat flour sold in Japanese markets in the states is grown in the US and will work just fine. In Japan soba is made with a couple of exotic tools. There’s a long and thin rolling pin with no handles. They have a martial arts vibe: Image from Worldwide-soba–they sell a soba making kit. I was able to improvise one of these at home with a dowel...

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Of Man Caves and Woman Caves

I spotted this magazine yesterday at the checkout line in Home Depot. According to Manland, the “ultimate man cave site,” this magazine is “a special-edition magazine from the publishers of WOOD Magazine.” Paging Dr. Freud–WOOD Magazine sponsoring Man Caves? Will Rigid Tools be an advertiser? The Man Caves editors get to have lots of fun coining new words like “mantastic” and throwing around headlines l...

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Saturday Linkages: Meditation Pods and Zombie Lawn Gnomes

Doesn’t everyone need a vintage 1970s meditation pod? DIY How To Build Your Own Trippy Meditation Pod http://www. popsci.com/diy/article/20 12-09/how-make-your-own-trippy-meditation-pod-1970  …   Robin Wood Makes Wooden Bowls With Hand Tools in UK http:// lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2012/09/robin- wood-makes-wooden-bowls-with-hand.html#.UGX1GKP6FNw.twitter  … Skate Villa: Skateboard-Friendly Hunting Lodge Conversion | Designs &...

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Saturday Linkages: Improvised Motocycles, Permaculture, Bear Attacks Man In Outhouse, Unicorn Poop Cookies–Yes, It’s a Strange World We Live In

Stuck in an African desert, a man improvises a motorcycle out of his Citroen with no tools. You can’t get more bad-ass than that! Homemade motorcycle improvised out of a Citroen 2CV in the middle of the desert: http://boingboing.net/2012/05/23/homemade-motorcycled-improvise.html Geoff Lawton on the Future of Permaculture | The Survival Podcast http://bit.ly/JRtgEb Outhouse bear attack survivor was grabbed from ‘throne’...

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