March 2015 Blog Posts (6)

Some interesting facts about Comfrey

Hi all I just kicked off a research program that seeks to realize the untapped potential for comfrey, an ancient Russian herb.  If you’re interested in supporting my efforts, a grass roots citizen science project, and have a few bucks to spare please support my pledgeme…

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Added by Tim on March 22, 2015 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Passive solar

House design is an integral aspect of permaculture with passive solar and other low energy input designs. The conundrum is that we really need different designs for winter and summer. In Japan we have cold dry winters and hot muggy summers so the Japanese approach was that it was better to be cool in summer and freeze in winter. If I paint the west facing wall matt black the concrete will absorb heat during the day and radiate half of it back into the house at night. In summer a white wall…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Arid micro-climate

Water melon and cucumbers have done well in the searing heat by the west facing wall of the house. Everything else seems to struggle. It's all about trial and observation. I want to avoid being dependent on hand watering if possible. I'm considering another grape or peach against this wall as they seem to be able to find water.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:52pm — No Comments

refusing to die

The banana roots and taro I chucked in the soak hole to die have revived and are doing well. It's the lowest point of the site so they must be getting water. Should have put them there in the first place. As Jacques Cousteau said 'Life is very persistent.'

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Symphony of the Soil

2015 is the International Year of Soils

Added by Mariana on March 2, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments

How to Make a Human Being

Added by Mariana on March 2, 2015 at 9:42am — 2 Comments

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