What Preparedness Lessons Did You Learn From Hurricane Sandy?

...d by 50%. The two big things I did right though was I have a Berkey gravity filter, so in the event there was no water, I could have easily gotten untreated water from a stream (you could also get water from a fire hydrant. A few days before the storm I saw someone filing up buckets of water from a hydrant for unknown reasons), I had an alternative means of transportation so if need be, I cold have traveled a large distance, and I was good on foo...

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Farm in a Box

...8221; in the same sentence, but an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (For a Green Thumb, Just Add Water) connects the dots between the two with a new product line called Farm in a Box Aquaponics from Earth Solutions. Farm in the Box is a combined fish tank/planter box. Waste from the fish circulates into the planter box via a pump to provide fertilizer for the plants as well as removing nitrogen and ammonia from the water. From the...

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The Mystery of the Zero-Irrigation Squash

...ecause I am amazed how well this squash did without irrigation. And to be clear, that means they’ve had no water for months. The chairs in the picture above are holding over 100 lbs (45+ kilos) of food grown with zero water inputs! To top that, this was one of the healthiest squash plants we’ve ever “grown” or rather allowed to grow. How did that work? And more importantly, how can we make it happen again? I have three tho...

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Saturday Linkages: Water Shaming, Scotts and Robot Houses

Smarter urban water: how Denver turned to ridiculing waste http:// gu.com/p/4va3t/tw   Grid-It: Knoll your everyday carry http:// boingboing.net/2014/08/20/gri d-it-knoll-your-edc.html  … In Our Garden: Four Surprising Fruits http:// thehorticult.com/in-our-garden- four-surprising-fruits-that-are-now-in-full-swing/  … Sneak peak of a LIGHT-UP ROBOT-FACE Tree House http:// relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2014/08/sneak- peak-of-light...

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Permaculture Design Course at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano

...s of design, presentation graphics, interview, site analysis, group brainstorm, mapping with graphics APRIL 12 / WATERWater in context, water systems, homescale vs. large scale, appropriate scale technologies. Presentation on rainwater and greywater basics, fundamental earthworks basics, observation and mapping water excersize, greywater workshop, rain barrel building demo APRIL 13 / WATER OFF-SITE – including larger scale home sys...

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Stern Sprouted Wheat Vegan Cookie or Health Bar Type Things

...nus: How to Sprout Grains Start by measuring your grain into a bowl and giving it a good bath with lots of cold water. Skim off any floating chafe. Drain. Cover the clean grain with lots of fresh water and let it sit for a good spell. I’ve heard recommended times ranging from 6 hours to 24 hours. Basically, let your schedule determine the soak time. Overnight. From breakfast til evening. Whatever. After the soak, pour of the water and give...

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Growing Strawberries in a Self Irrigating Gutter (SIG).

I got this idea from Larry Hall, who made a video showing how he uses gutters as self watering containers. In the first part of the video Larry shows how to use a gutter to supply water to a row of pots. In the second part he shows a two gutter strawberry growing system. I decided to build Hall’s self-irrigating gutter (let’s call it a SIG) to grow strawberries. Here’s how I did it: With some scrap wood I ma...

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Showers to Flowers

...trap door or some other configuration), install a three way diverter valve like the one pictured above, so that water can be shifted back to the sewer, if needed, such as during a long rainy period. Keeping the minimum fall rate in mind, run the pipe out to where you want to water. 3. Choose plants whose watering requirements match the amount of water coming out of your shower. To do this you’ll need to estimate how many showers and how mu...

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Chop and Drop: Leaving Plant Residues in the Garden

...perations (following wheat silage harvest and before corn seeding), we estimated that 0.89 and 0.97 inches more water was retained in the no-tillage soil than in the tilled soil. In three field studies on residue coverage, we recorded that about 0.56, 0.58 and 0.42 inches more water was retained in residue-covered soil than in bare soil following 6 to 7 days of overhead sprinkler irrigation. Assuming a seasonal crop evapotranspiration deman...

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