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How to Make Soap Sustainably

Soap is the most common item we use in our daily hygiene routines. There is a huge variety of soaps with different characteristics and fragrances that might not be as healthy for us or the environment as we think. There are some reasons why people change their regular soap bar with a more natural, human and environment-friendly soaps, that can easily be made at home. A sustainable lifestyle involves choosing […]

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Awesome Ways to Make Seed Balls with Kids

Growing plants from seed is not always an easy task. It requires careful planning and proper follow through to germinate and survive long enough to send their nascent roots down into the soil. Though seeds are amazing structures designed to provide everything for a plant to start growing, most of them still need a bit of help to keep them secure from their surroundings. Seed balls, also referred to as […]

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How To Use Squash Pits To Get Bigger Garden Yields

How To Use Squash Pits To Get Bigger Garden Yields

If you’ve never heard of a squash pit then you might be thinking “but squash have seeds, not pits!”. True, true, but check out this fun video. To see more great compositing ideas check out the extreme composting videos by David Goodman at the Home Grown Food Summit. Over 7 full days, you’ll enjoy 50+ hours of video interviews with the “who’s who” of the sustainable food movement. They’ll be […]

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Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

If you’ve been wondering about the whole barefoot movement than we’ve got a video for you. Doug Simons has been walking barefoot for over 20 years. In the video below Doug and Marjory Wildcraft discuss the pros and cons of walking barefoot. And there are some “con’s”; when and where do barefooters need to wear shoes? And what kind of shoes do barefooters wear when they wear shoes? If you […]

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Plastic Bottles: Recycle or Repurpose?

Repurposing old and used objects is a great way to help clean up the environment. Repurposing adds creative flair to a garden and offers the satisfaction of doing your part for the environment. Plastic bottles can be a nuisance. Piled in landfills, filling up garbage dumps, and littering the roads, these items like many other garbage items are tossed aside and allowed to pollute our environment. Recycling is the process […]

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Converting a Swimming Pool to Grow Fish

Aquaponics is becoming an increasingly popular method of permaculture, probably because it can start with a backyard swimming pool. While creating an ecosystem on one’s own may seem like a daunting task to many, one of the most appealing aspects of aquaponics lies in the fact that nature can do most of the work. For suburban couple Les and Annette Mulder, the first step to farming one hundred fish in […]

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Easy to Build Polypipe Greenhouse

Every productive urban garden needs a greenhouse. Whether you need a way to isolate an airoponic/aquaponic system, or just want to give your young seedlings a better chance at survival, a greenhouse is, beyond a doubt, your best option. It protects crops from birds, insects and pets, while also allowing you to fully control their habitat by eliminating unwanted rain, harsh sunlight and strong wind. The problem is, a small […]

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Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Ah, an archetypical permaculture zones of use chart. So elegant in its simplicity, yet bewildering to those who wish to transpose it. Just what are permaculture zones of use and why do they matter? Permaculture zones of use are at once an organizing force during the design process as well as a management tool. They directly aid our efforts by offering simple, but effective logic to the positioning of design […]

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The Transformative Power of Pizza: Eating Your Way Towards Eco-Integration

The Transformative Power of Pizza: Eating Your Way Towards Eco-Integration

The proof is in the pudding. The same can be said for a functional permaculture system. When you integrate cultural and community diversity into your landscape, you are offered the privilege to experience firsthand the valuable combination that social permaculture offers every individual on our rich, blue marble. One surefire way to create a synergistic blend of people and the environment is with food. Pizza is an especially good dish […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter, Part 2: The Easy-Does-It Instructions

So, it would seem with one mountain of humanure now behind us—that, without a doubt, we should be composting human feces and urine (and, some would say, will eventually have no real choice in the matter)—it is now time to address exactly how this movement should begin. For those who missed last week’s article, please feel free to hit the pause button for a recap or simply press on knowing […]

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Charting The Sun’s Motion In Relation To Your Home And Permaculture Site

Image source: NREL.gov Understanding the sun’s motion relative to a site is an important aspect of a good permaculture design, as various elements like plants, animals and solar devices depend on sun for their functionality. A good appreciation of the earth’s rotation about its axis, its revolution around the sun and the consequences of these motions on the sun’s position and availability at a given location on the earth’s surface, […]

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How to Harvest Your Own Seeds from Fruit and Vegetables for Propagation into Nursery

Harvesting your own seeds from fruit and vegetables for propagation into a nursery significantly reduces your costs by over 50 percent. In order to reap the maximum benefit, you must give your plants the help they need to produce healthy seeds. Harvesting and storage techniques require particular attention because they impact seed quality. To achieve the best results, one must harvest at the right time, clean with the proper techniques, […]

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