Category: Water

Nature Did It First (and best).

Nature Did It First (and best).

Aquaponics are a very interesting development in the world of permaculture and offer some great benefits and advantages. Let’s take a look at hydroponics and aquaponics to see what they offer, and how aquaponics functions in comparison to hydroponics. Hydroponics – the ingenious and highly optimized system of growing plants in water. Commercially available nutrients provide all that is needed for the reservoir and after these nutrients have been added the growing begins. This is really great for those who want to hit the ground running.

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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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Mercury Found in Fog a Threat to the Eco-system

Mercury Found in Fog a Threat to the Eco-system

During a recent research meeting with the American Geophysical Union on Dec 16 2015, an announcement was made regarding the increasing amount of coastal fog coupled with increased amount of monomethylmercury being found in the fog which has caused a lot of concern among the scientists. A lot of fog is acidic and it converts some of the gaseous mercury that escapes during ocean upwelling, commonly seen in Northern California’s […]

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The Four Fish We are Over Eating – And What to Eat Instead

The Four Fish We are Over Eating – And What to Eat Instead

The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

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Multi-Use Rain-Garden Plant Lists: Invitations to Deeper and More-Connected Relationships

Multi-Use Rain-Garden Plant Lists: Invitations to Deeper and More-Connected Relationships

I grew up in the suburbs of Tucson, surrounded by lush desert vegetation. I would climb it, hide in it, and play around it. But I rarely knew any of the plants’ names, and I did not have much of a sense of what their roles (or mine) were in our shared community. It was a pleasant, but fairly shallow relationship, as the knowing of the other, the understanding of the other, was just at the surface level.

It didn’t help that my family had moved here from elsewhere. We were all greenhorns with no shared history or understanding of this place and its life.

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California Drought Update. A Way Forward

California’s drought woes are well known. One Central Valley farmer thinks he might have at least a partial solution: flooding. While most farmers would steer clear of what seems like a counterintuitive plan, Cameron thinks the ambitious scheme could help put “millions of acre feet” of water back into the valley’s underground aquifer. Doing so in the winter, when El Nino runoff is in great supply, can help replenish the […]

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Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

If you have a site specific problem or just a question you would like to have answered from an experienced Permaculturalist, please read on.

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After the Rain, Wait Before You Harvest

According to a new research finding published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, farmers should wait at least 24 hours to harvest, after a rain or irrigation event, to protect consumers from food borne illness. A growing body of evidences suggests that, there is strong link between foodborne outbreaks and fresh produce. In the United States it is reported that, 46 percent of the foodborne outbreaks between 1998 and […]

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Christmas Island Gets It’s First Dam

Transforming an old mining pit into a 5 million litre dam has proven to be quiet the mission and has required moving about 10,000 tonnes of soil. Considering we are moving 3 tonnes in a single scoop with a 30 tonne excavator it was eventually achievable. The dam has to be lined due to the geology of the island. Christmas Island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean of […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter

It’s something that becomes more and more unsettling for me the deeper I look into the issue. With every morning constitutional, with every quick run to the bathroom, the majority of industrialized humanity is carelessly waging war on the environment. In harsh but accurate terms, we are pillaging and polluting the planet in the most idiotic of ways. The way we’ve come—and much of the underdeveloped world still seems to […]

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Can a Tableful of Food be Produced Economically in an Urban Environment?

The reality has always been that it takes land to grow crops…no matter the type of crop. People need certain nutrients (protein, carbohydrate, roughage, and others) to thrive and all come from crops that are presently grown on arable land. The problem is that as the population increases, the amount of land available for crop production decreases. But, more people also mean the need to produce more food. It is […]

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Groundwater Re-charging

It’s a rainy Monsoon day. Today, it’s water, water everywhere, but soon there will not be a drop to drink. Think forward to April & May. Dry times ahead. And for some, water problems could come as early as February & March. Every monsoon, Goa receives around 3000mm of Monsoon rainwater. That’s a lot. In fact, it’s plenty, and more. So why are we faced with dwindling water tables, empty […]

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