Permaculture Courses One of Permaculture’s Holy Cows: the Death of the Swale - Permaculture Courses ‘The best place to store water is in the soil.’ When I first heard this saying, early on in my permaculture education, it was like a light bulb coming on. It just seemed so obviously true. After a couple of decades of practicing permaculture I realise that any blanket statement like that is almost certain to be wrong or at least only right in certain places and at certain times. For me the essence of permaculture is to tune in to the unique characteristics of a particular piece of land and of the people who are inhabiting or using that land. From this flows a design which will meet the needs of both land and people. I’ve already written a blog post about mulch. How Swales WorkA swale is the opposite to a ditch. Much of the inhabited part of Australia is in the sub-tropical zone. Here in Britain the situation could not be more different. A newly dug swale. Swales in BritainNow I wouldn’t rule out the use of swales altogether here in Britain.
The Living Machine A living machine. Sounds suspiciously dangerous. Science fiction is full of those confused computers who threaten astronauts' lives and rebellious robots that require Arnold Schwarzenegger-types to save the human race. But at the Penn State Center for Sustainability, a living machine is not a fictional antagonist. When the Class of 2000 voted to restore the greenhouse on Old Botany Building as its gift to Penn State, the Center's vision of an ecologically sound water-treatment facility became a reality. A Living Machine (capital letters, it's a patented invention) is a series of tanks teeming with live plants, trees, grasses and algae, koi and goldfish, tiny freshwater shrimp, snails, and a diversity of microorganisms and bacteria. The class gift greenhouse will contain a Living Machine designed to treat the effluent from the greenhouse and Old Botany, which houses the College of Engineering's Science, Technology, and Society program.
Akamai Learning - A home school adventure in free learning. Life is the School, Love is the Lesson Tamera Healing Biotope 1 Wasser ist Leben. Doch weltweite Abholzung, falsche Beweidung, Monokultur - Landwirtschaft, Flächenversiegelung stören den ursprünglich "großen Wasserkreislauf" (Schauberger). Sie hindern das Wasser daran, vom Erdkörper aufgenommen zu werden. Große Mengen von Wasser fließen zu schnell ab, führen zu Erosion, Überschwemmungen und Trockenheiten. Das geschieht global, auf allen Erdteilen. Hierin liegt ein wichtiger Mitgrund für Wüstenbildung und Klimawandel. Mit der Hilfe und Visionskraft des Österreicher Agrarrebell und ökologischen Visionärs Sepp Holzer hat Tamera darauf eine Antwort gefunden: Die Wasser-Retentions-Landschaft. Bernd Müller: "Eine Wasser-Retentions-Landschaft ist eine Landschaft, aus der kein Regenwasser mehr abfließt, sondern nur noch frisches Quellwasser. Ein gesunder Mischwald mit beschatteten, humosen Böden ist eine natürliche Wasser-Retentions-Landschaft: Pflanzen und Humus nehmen das Wasser auf, im Erdkörper reift es und und kommt als Quelle wieder ans Licht.
Living Machine Virent, Inc. Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies - Permablitz Melbourne Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Sometimes an unhealthy plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency or even too much of any one nutrient. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as foliage discoloration or distortion. The following chart outlines some possible problems. Be sure you eliminate the obvious before you kill your plants with kindness. Check first for signs of insects or disease.Foliage discoloration and stunted plants can easily be caused by soil that is too wet and drains poorly or soil that is too compacted for good root growth.Extreme cold or heat will slow plant growth and effect flowering and fruit set.Too much fertilizer can result in salt injury. Plants require a mix of nutrients to remain healthy. There are a handful of additional nutrients that are required for plant growth, but in much smaller quantities. All of these nutrients are taken in through the roots. Plant Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms Macronutrients Calcium (Ca) Nitrogen (N)
Graywater Reuse and Rainwater Harvesting Graywater Reuse and Rainwater Harvesting by R. Waskom and J. Kallenberger* (5/12) Quick Facts... Graywater reuse may not be a permissible use of water under a domestic well permit or a community water supply system. Graywater Systems Graywater refers to the reuse of water drained from baths, showers, washing machines, and sinks (household wastewater excluding toilet wastes) for irrigation and other water conservation applications. Graywater is of lesser quality than tap water, but generally of higher quality than blackwater, or water from sewage systems. The most obvious advantage of domestic graywater use is that it may potentially replace other water used for landscape irrigation, although many interests are now advocating the use of gray water for toilet flushing. Graywater use may offer financial savings to already overburdened municipal sewage treatment facilities because graywater use diminishes sewer flows, thereby lessening the need to expand such facilities. Rural Applications.
Fractal Field Breakthru-Technologies SCHEDULE and Online Links Starting Agroforestry on Your Farm with Mark Shepard Upload Markus Laumann Loading... Working... ► Play all Starting Agroforestry on Your Farm with Mark Shepard Markus Laumann6 videos1,109 viewsLast updated on Dec 15, 2014 Play all Sign in to YouTube Sign in History Sign in to add this to Watch Later Add to Loading playlists... Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster » Blog Archive » Harvesting Air-Conditioning Condensate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Beyond or If You—and Your Drink—Sweat, Then Harvest Condensate By Brad Lancaster, www.HarvestingRainwater.com, ©2010 I am finally getting to the sharing of my travel gleanings. This is the first of a series to follow – so keep checking back. This piece is from my U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Jordan and Saudi Arabia in 2009. April 2009 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, receives only about 2 inches (50 mm) of rain a year. In this hot and humid coastal desert climate, air conditioners abound and their condensate steadily and wastefully drips into the street, pooling where mosquito populations then mushroom. Bucket and condensate creek, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Hoses directing air-conditioner condensate to courtyard plantings, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia How much condensate can you harvest? IN A DRY CLIMATE/SEASON: • A home air conditioner can generate 0.25 gallons (1 liter) of condensate/day • A large commercial air conditioner can generate 500 gallons (1,900 liters)/day Where does your condensate go?
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