Backyard Orchard Culture

...veloped for your climate and soil. Dave Wilson has a hand guide to rootstocks on their website, with their advantages and disadvantages here.  Mulch like crazy! Mulching brings bioactivity to the soil, reduces weeds and saves water.Use 2 to 4 inches–according to research less than 2-inches is bad, more than 4 a waste of effort.  Fertilize fruit trees with with organic fertilizer low in nitrogen and high in potassium and phosphorus. Nitrogen...

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Climate Change and Personal Responsibility

...rn to live thriftily and remember the importance of helping our neighbors, then we can find ways to adjust and to make our society more efficient and our own lives more enjoyable and productive. Utility companies must promote conservation and not consumption. Oil and natural gas companies must be honest with all of us about their reserves and profits. We will find out the difference between real shortages and artificial ones. We will ask private...

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Online Adobe Classes With Kurt Gardella

...am to 4pm) and a 4-week online component (April 7 to May 4, 2014). The live part of the class will be held in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area and will be taught byPat Taylor. Pat is the go-to person for adobe preservation and conservation in the USA and a lot of the techniques he covers can also be applied to (smart) new construction. Registration for all 3 of the above classes is open right now and can be completed directly online here: http://a...

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Saturday Linkages: Stealth, Mules and Opiates

Stealth Pickup Camper http://frommoontomoon.blogspot.com/2013/10/stealth-pickup-camper.html … Rocket Stove Heating http://www.notechmagazine.com/2013/10/rocket-stove-heating-systems.html … Conservation You Can Taste http://garynabhan.com/i/archives/2327  The Very Different Nomadic Lifestyle Of John Sears And His Three Mules… http://theflyingtortoise.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-very-different-nomadic-lifestyle-of.html … Restaurants in China s...

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Essential System #4 – Illumination

...act fluorescents are far better than incandescents since they consume less power and hence create less greenhouse gas. Remember that power plants are America’s single greatest producer of greenhouse gases. And as far as conservation goes, it’s estimated that if every American replaced one bulb with a compact fluorescent it would be the energy equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road. But back to LEDs. For emergency purposes...

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The Homegrown Mailbox: How and Where Do I Get My Soil Tested?

...ersoils.com Test results very scientificNo recommendations Soil and Plant Laboratory, Inc.1594 N. Main StreetOrange, CA(714) 282-8777 FGL Environmental853 Corporation StreetSanta Paula, CA(805) 525-3824 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service44811 N. Date AvenueLancaster, CA 93534-3136(661) 945-2604 Here’s a dirt cheap (pun intended) test for soil ph that you can do yourself. UPDATE: 7/7/09: Visiting journalist Michael Tortorello tipped...

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LED Light Bulbs

The geeks over at BoingBoing have jumped on the LED light bandwagon with a post about the C. Crane Company’s CC Vivid and CC Vivid+ LED light bulbs. While it’s great that folks are beginning to think about conservation, it’s disappointing that this interest seems to be about chasing the latest new techno-gadget. As concerns about impending climate and ecological disaster increase, it’s prudent to greet all new technical s...

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Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

...l spirits,with some sources saying it’s the herb Ulysses took with him to deal with the treacherous sorcerer Circe. It’s a useful, striking and beautiful plant. It’s also classified as an invasive. The Plant Conservation Alliance (PCA), a consortium of ten federal government agencies and 260 mostly non-profit organizations, has Verbascum thapsus in its cross hairs. How the non-profit “cooperators”, as the PCA terms t...

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Grassfed Turkey Cooking Tips from Shannon Hayes

...ime to know what you are buying! “Pastured” is not necessarily the same as “free-range.” Some grass-based farmers use the word “free-range” to describe their pasture-raised birds, but any conventional factory farm can also label their birds “free-range” if they are not in individual cages, and if they have “access” to the outdoors – even if the “outdoors” happens to be feces-laden penned-in concrete pads outside the barn door, with no acce...

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