Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Hydroponics is defined as “the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil”.   Vertical hydroponics is simply put the vertical distribution of water. It takes up wall space instead of floor space and works much like normal hydroponics. Many people opt for...
Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable packaging design is one viable way of providing packaging that is environmentally smart and responsible. Ideally, minimal to no packaging is ideal, but not always practical. So alternatively, choosing carefully choosing packaged products for purchase can make a difference in how we preserve our resources. Sustainable packaging, like the...
Traditional Yurts as Sustainable Homes

Traditional Yurts as Sustainable Homes

It seems that yurts are popping up everywhere – campgrounds, spas, vacation homes, guest quarters, even a home office.  And why not, yurts are low impact and comfortable. Traditional yurts, called a Mongolian Felt Tent or Ger, are designed to be portable, carried by a single pack animal, and set...
The Local Food Movement is More Than Carbon Footprint Reduction

The Local Food Movement is More Than Carbon Footprint Reduction

Locavores are usually defined as people who practice eating foods harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100 mile radius.  Some define the concept as utilizing a concentric circle; utilizing the most local area, such as the backyard garden, for common food items, buying from regional farmers’...
How Can We Recycle Cardboard?

How Can We Recycle Cardboard?

Cardboard comes as the packaging and shipment container from almost all the goods we buy. Your food and all other home and personal products, (unless bout locally or directly) utilizes cardboard to help get the product to you.   At this time, cardboard is considered one of the biggest singular...
Saving Seeds 101

Saving Seeds 101

Seed saving is a sustainable practice and an aspect of the permaculture movement.  Some plant varieties are easy to save the seeds and replant next season but other plants are rather difficult and improperly selecting and saving seeds may result in diseased plants or lack of germination altogether.   First...
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Use Chicken Tractors for Eggs, Fertilizer and Bug Control

Use Chicken Tractors for Eggs, Fertilizer and Bug Control

If you have thought about raising chickens, but were concerned about how to start and where to store them, stop worrying. The chicken “tractor” is an easy tool to help maximize your ability to protect and move your chickens while simultaneously caring for your garden or property. Caring for chickens isn’t so tough- humankind has...
What is Spring Water?

What is Spring Water?

Spring water, ahh, the natural beauty bubbling from the Earth’s ground. Often associated with myths and folklore, springs are welcomed on any landscape for providing a fresh and delicious source of potable water. What is spring water really? Is the stuff in bottles truly from a spring? Is there environmental harm caused by the spring...
What is a Water Table?

What is a Water Table?

If you’ve decided to go off grid and become a modern homesteader, you’ll likely need a well. While rainwater harvesting methods can help conserve and reuse the Earth’s precious blue gold, a well is a reliable source of water. Before purchasing land, you’ll need to assess if and at what approximate depth exists the water...
What is Water Conservation?

What is Water Conservation?

Water is a precious resource often taken for granted in developed countries where water is regularly supplied through a municipal source. Potable water flows into your toilets, is used in massive quantities for industrial cooling and cleaning, pumped from ancient springs into plastic bottles, and continuously wasted by individual and corporate use. Many believe that...
How to Grow Garlic from a Clove

How to Grow Garlic from a Clove

Garlic has long been used for its medicinal qualities as well as for its pungent taste and distinct flavor. Long known as a “poor man’s medicine” this hearty plant was available for the masses during the Roman empire and was the used to help improve the immune system and ward off disease. Today, potent garlic...
How Many People are in the World?

How Many People are in the World?

The ever expanding world population arises the greater question of how the planet’s limited resources will be used among so many people. We already know that resources are not distributed equally. The wealthy populations in the West use far more oil based resources than the combined people of developing nations, despite their greater numbers. Will...
Examples of Biomimicry

Examples of Biomimicry

Nowadays we face many problems in trying to develop sustainable technologies. This has led to the field of biomimicry, where we learn from systems that have evolved to suit perfectly their environments. Biomimicry is basically biologically inspired engineering. Below you will see just a few examples of Biomimicry including Velcro, gecko tape and the lotus...
What is Water Well Drilling?

What is Water Well Drilling?

Water is generally taken for granted for people living in highly developed countries. Potable water flows effortlessly from the sink, shower or to the toilet. The exception of course is people living in rural areas or in undeveloped countries where connecting to the municipal water supply is simply not an option. In this case, water...
What is Potable Water?

What is Potable Water?

Potable water is the most valued resource in the world. What is potable water? Simply, it is water that is safe to drink. You drink it daily, possibly without giving it a thought. Potable water comes in many forms, clean and crisp spring water to heavily treated tap water. Although some drinking water is more...
What Is Biomimicry?

What Is Biomimicry?

Charles Darwin proposed the theory of evolution in 1859, though most of us believe the process of evolution to be millions of years older than antiquity. Natural selection has been carefully refining living organisms to ensure that the ones which still live today have intricately adapted to suit their surrounding environments. Now you may be...
How to Save Water at Home

How to Save Water at Home

Water is a precious resource, without it life would cease. People like to see water around them, flowing in a fountain in a yard or hear the waves at the beach. The Romans went to great lengths to direct water into their cities’ centers for the public baths. Yet today, when environmental challenges are very...
What is a Woodland?

What is a Woodland?

Woodlands have been used as a mystical setting for fairy tales and folklore for centuries, as in Midsummer’s Night Dream and Snow White. Yet ecologically speaking, what is a woodland really? A woodland is an area dominated by trees that cast a shade upon the understory of other plant species that thrive beneath it. A...