Hay Boxes or Fireless Cookers

...rcook and it will keep warm until you’re ready to eat. I’ve heard that in general you would use less water than with stove top cooking because there’s no evaporation.   Here’s some of Jessica’s tips: Suggestion: put the beans/lentils/wheat/rice/peas in a thermos flask together with the absorbable amount of boiling water/stock. Do this in the morning. In the evening you have a thermos with still warm and well-cooked...

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No-Knead Artisinal Bread Part I

...ake place in a plastic tub or large bowl. 1. The night before I mix my dough I take some starter, add flour and water to create the “levain”. Starter is made by mixing dough and water and letting nature do her thing. I’ll blog about the process in detail in a future post. Right now I’m working with a starter that has the consistency of bread dough, but I’m going to switch to a more liquid starter to avoid the dough...

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June: National Bathroom Reading Month

...yways with a look at what journals, catalogs and books grace the Homegrown Evolution throne room reading stack. Water Quality Report ’07 from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Every year we get this and pledge we’ll study up on the science behind water quality. Another year has passed and all we can critique about this report is the fact that LA DWP doesn’t seem to know that Silver Lake is two words not one. We cou...

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My Brand New Homebrew Soda Carbonator

...ust going to gush. I’ve been wanting something like this for a long time, because I use a lot of sparkling water. For various health reasons I drink very little caffeine and almost no alcohol and I try to avoid sugary drinks as well, so that leaves me with a total drinks menu of water, herbal teas, sparkling water and for big thrills, sparkling waters with add-ins like fruit juice, shrubs, a bit of homemade syrup, etc.  I go through quite a...

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Can our landscapes model a vibrant future? Not according to the LA DWP.

...). Last year’s rainfall total was under 6 inches. The governor has asked California residents to cut their water use by 20%.  Apparently, we’ve only managed to cut it by 5%. There’s a strange sense of unreality about the drought. I think that’s because we’re just not feeling it in the cities. Our water is cheap, the taps are running, food prices aren’t terribly affected– yet.  So we keep washing our cars...

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How to Deal with Extremely Root Bound Plants

...ot bound plants are often dehydrated plants, because the pots are mostly full of roots, making the soil hard and water repellant. If this is so, it helps to give the plants a good soaking before you un-pot them by placing them in a bucket of water for a few minutes. Method A) Mildly root bound plants can be helped along by gently massaging the root ball with your hands just before planting to loosen the roots and open the ball if it has become ha...

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Organic Seed Growers Webinar

...ty; Zea Sonnabend, CCOF and National Organic Standards Board Saturday, February 1, 2014 1:30-3:00PM: Pollinator Conservation Strategies for Organic Seed Producers This session will support organic seed producers with the latest science-based information on maximizing crop yields through the conservation of native pollinators, while at the same time helping them to reduce the risk of outcrossing with non-organic crop varieties. Specific topics in...

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Looking for the Union Label

...derwear on the internets recalled a highly catchy ad jingle from the roller disco era, “Look for the Union Label” (youngsters can watch it on youtube here). We looked for the union label and we were surprised to find it via a company called Union House which carries a functional, if unexciting line of apparel. Unless hipsters take to golf shirts in an ironic fashion judo move, these offerings will never be cool like the domestically m...

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Mistakes we have made . . .

...e top 6. I’m sure there are many more that I’ve forgotten, but here’s a start. 1. Installing a water garden. That water garden looks great in the picture above. That was before the neighborhood raccoons spent several nights a week treating it like rock stars used to treat hotel rooms, and before scum and slime clogged up the pump. While the pump was solar powered, the profligate use of water was not the best example to set here...

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Propagating herbs via cuttings

...ture, and/or attract mold.) –A bottle of rooting hormone powder (available at nurseries) –A glass of water –A small dish or tray –A plastic bag or two, or a plastic lid for your tray, or some plastic bottles. See below –Maybe a spray bottle full of water–for watering later How to to do it: This is your set up: On your worktable you’ll want a glass of water and a dish or tray with a bit of the rooting...

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