background preloader

Oasis Design: Grey Water Books, Ecological Design Information & Consulting

Oasis Design: Grey Water Books, Ecological Design Information & Consulting
Related:  Off the GridWater

Urban Agriculture: A Guide to Container Gardens A Guide to Container Gardens With inexpensive containers and suitable soil mix,you can create an urban garden virtually anywhere - on roof tops,vacant city lots, borwn fields, and unused portion of parking lots Job S. Ebenezer, Ph.D.President, Technology for the Poor, 877 PELHAM COURT, WESTERVILLE, OHIO - It is estimated that by 2030 AD nearly 50% of the world’s population may live in urban areas. As a consequence of this many millions of acres of productive farmland are expected to be lost to housing and other usage. Due to the recent terrorist attacks, food security and safety are seriously compromised. Migration from rural areas also brings into the urban areas many persons with very little formal education. Urban agriculture has the potential for creating micro-enterprises that can be owned and operated by the community members without too much of initial capital. Urban farming is not new. Wading pools should be set on a level ground.

Hugelkultur Raised Bed Garden — Home & Garden | Make: Turn an unused corner of your backyard into an impressive DIY garden with the hugelkultur raised bed garden technique! According to permaculture expert Paul Wheaton: Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc. Intrigued? Then, you can find even more information on permaculture and building the best hugel bed for your specific gardening needs from Paul Wheaton on Rich Soil. If you’re looking for a DIY home project that will yield long-term rewards, you can hardly do better than a garden that harnesses the power of nature and the science of smart eco design to keep improving year after year! Working with a smaller space?

Learn How to Keep Water Clear in Fountains and Ponds A green and healthy garden is every gardener’s dream. But in some cases too much green can be unpleasant and we are looking for easy to get rid of it. It is the case of algae from fountains or small ponds. If you have some kind of water in your garden you will have to deal with algae at one point. If the amount of floating green slime in your pond is a small one, you can call yourself very lucky. But a larger amount of algae in the water can damage filters and disturb fishes. Natural Barley Straw no chemicals used Safe for your fish Will help to eliminate algae bacteria The use of Barley to safely and effectively clear water has been well documented for over 100 years. More details here…

The U.S is building secret underground site in Israel The U.S is assisting Israel to build secret underground sites .This information causes a wave of speculations around the world. Last year it was announced the U.S. was looking to build a secret underground complex in Israel. On February 13 a contract was awarded to Conti Corp Federal Services in Edison, NJ to complete the project. Their bid of almost $63 million came in well below the possible $100 million set aside for the project. Conti’s bid went toward building five underground levels and six above ground buildings that they have 900 days from February 13 to complete. The U.S. government then issued another request for proposal December 28 to construct Site 81 Phase II. Walter Pincus from the Washington Post exposed the original Proposal construction project, called Site 911 in November last year. That nearly $63 million project awarded to Conti can be built only by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Like this: Like Loading...

Pigs, Hogs & Boars: Facts About Swine Pigs are mammals with stocky bodies, flat snouts, small eyes and large ears. They are highly intelligent, social animals, and are found all over the world. Pigs are in the Suidae family, which includes eight genera and 16 species. Pigs were among the first animals to be domesticated, about 6,000 years ago in China. Size Pigs usually weigh between 300 and 700 lbs. (140 and 300 kilograms). This wild boar is a real porker. Wild pigs vary greatly in size and weight. The smallest boar is the pygmy hog (Sus salvanius). Habitat Boars, pigs and hogs live all over the world, except for Australia, Antarctica, northern Africa and far northern Eurasia, according to the Encyclopedia of Life. Wild pigs typically live in grasslands, wetlands, rain forests, savannas, scrublands and temperate forests. Habits Pigs are very intelligent animals. They are also very social. Pigs communicate with a variety of grunts and squeaks. Diet Pigs, boars and hogs are omnivores and will eat just about anything. Offspring

AQUS WaterSaver Technologies Design with Intent Toolkit The Do It Yourself World What's the Best Time of Day to Water Vegetables? It's best to water in the morning. If you water in the middle of the day, much more of the water you apply evaporates, so it's wasteful. If you water in the evening, the plant's foliage may stay wet throughout the night and that creates an ideal environment for disease. So morning is best. Most of your fruits and vegetables will thrive on one inch of water per week, although some crops, like melons, will use more water than that. Container vegetables have shallower root systems, so they'll need to be watered more frequently than vegetables planted in the ground—up container plants to 2-3 waterings a day, especially in dry, hot conditions. It's best to water deeply and infrequently rather than shallowly every day, so use a sprinkler rather than a watering wand.

Biomimicry Institute - Home The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators of all ages who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. See Janine’s TED Talk video for her groundbreaking introduction to biomimicry. Today, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute focuses on three areas: Developing our online database of nature’s solutions, our annual, international Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners. See examples of biomimicry in action! Meet executive director Beth Rattner, our staff, and the Institute board.

9 Awesome Vintage Buses Converted Into Beautiful Mobile Homes These vintage buses have all been converted into beautiful mobile homes! Mobile homes come in all shapes and size, so do vintage buses. In my opinion, you can calling anything a mobile home as long as the unit is mobile and has an area for sleeping, eating, and/or living and buses are a great option for anyone wanting their own mobile home. Buses are perfect for those that want to live in or just travel in an affordable home. Bus 1: Hank Bought a Bus The first bus was bought by Hank so it was fitting that he call his website ‘Hank Bought a Bus’ at With a living space of 225 sq ft, Hank created convertible furniture to make the most of every inch. Bus 2: 1997 Bluebird International The second bus is a 1997 Bluebird International for sale on Tiny House Listings. This bus can be yours for $15,000. Bus 3: The Cosmic Collider The Cosmic Collider is one of the most unique and beautiful vintage bus conversions I’ve ever seen! Bus 4: Enchanted Gypsy Bus 5: Life As a Bus May 23, 2012