Monthly Archives: December 2012

Course Wrap-Up

It is that time.. the end of the semester and the completion of my long awaited bachelors degree. In sum much learning was gained throughout the senior project course. In specific I… *Learned how to create and maintain an online … Continue reading

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On Compost, Covercrops and Soil

Composting is a bit like garden alchemy, you take a bunch of your “junk” and “waste”, you throw it into a pile out in the yard and, eventually, with the help of time and some tiny biological helpers you end … Continue reading

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The Pro’s and Con’s of Green Building

I have been somewhat obsessed with green building and for the past few years have read everything I can find on cob, cordwood, and strawbale. More specifically Rob Roy’s books on Cordwood, Strawbale building books by Bill and Athena Steen … Continue reading

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Book Reviews

For my school work I have been reading quite a few books and wanted to share  a brief review of the books I found to be most helpful: Gaia’s Garden written by Toby Hemenway This is without a doubt the … Continue reading

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Permaculture Mapping Project Part II

This post is a breakdown of the final permaculture map. I broke it down into the four quadrants of the property with details of changes, plant lists, and stacking functions. Northwest Quadrant This area encompasses the west facing backyard as … Continue reading

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Permaculture Mapping Project Part I

My last few weeks have been spent creating a permaculture map of my property. Thought I would share how I did this along with photos of the end results. I started by mapping the lot and all existing features to … Continue reading

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Harvesting Rainwater

I just read Brad Lancaster’s books, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume’s I and II. They are brilliant and completely relevant to everyone regardless of where you live. Volume I gives a broad overview of the why’s and how’s … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Chickens

Before raising my first flock of backyard chickens I rarely ate eggs.. unless they were cooked into something. Fresh eggs just did not taste all that great to me. I can still remember collecting the first eggs and wondering how … Continue reading

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Cobbing Project

Whew.. after three weeks of work I finished the last bit of cobbing on another cob cold frame just in time for winter. This time it is for a local community garden. I outlined the steps I took and added … Continue reading

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Cold Frame Update

Finally an update on my cob cold frame. My goal in building the cold frame is to have fresh greens throughout the winter. This is the first winter and a big test to see how well plants will grow. To … Continue reading

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