Lessons on swales and fence posts

It feels great to sustainably harvest our own wood for projects!

The branches are also being used on contour for water retention swales. Considering the slant of land; this one comes from two angles so we make an U with thicker posts to catch the water.IMG_20150501_104735588This disperses the water holding it uphill.

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Ecolicious House Conversions [For the eccentric]

My last article, I wrote about traditional house conversions to create an eco-conscious space. Although these are great methods to cut energy use and money I am about to share some more ecolicious conversions that are not for the faint hearted.

These alternatives take more determination and may require small lifestyle changes.

Ecological Literacy: Ecosystems, Patterns, and Society Part 1: Introduction to Interconnectedness and Cyclicity

 “Being ecologically literate means understanding the principles of organization of ecological communities (ecosystems) and using those principles for creating sustainable human communities.” -Capra, The Web of Life,… Read more “Ecological Literacy: Ecosystems, Patterns, and Society Part 1: Introduction to Interconnectedness and Cyclicity”

Your weeds are telling you something…

Weeds are looked at as nuisances especially in food gardens. “There is just too much grass!…What are we going to do about all of this ragweed?!” Introduced into organic gardening myself, I find myself with the same problem.

I began to ask myself “Why are these weeds here?” As I researched this, I found out that weeds are great indicators of soil quality! From getting a collection of weed species in your garden you can infer:

  • Soil acidity (Ph levels)
  • Fertility of soil
  • What nutrients your soil has OR is lacking
  • How well your soil is draining

I have complied a table of info of some common weeds and what they indicate.  At the bottom of the table there are a few crops that like different soils.  You can either choose to work with these weeds or fix your soil!

Cheers (:

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