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Seed Starting with the "Baggie Method."

Seed Starting with the "Baggie Method." | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Another seed starting method that can compliment or be used in place of the Ghetto Greenhouse is the Baggie Method if you don't have the space or de...
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Permaculture - No-drain pot

The prevailing belief is that pots without drainage holes are bad for plants because the roots will drown in water-drenched soil and will suffocate
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Fill with water once and forget the pot for six weeks. Do not forget to watch the results of the No-drain pot on the update (link in the end of the video).
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Rain Rain Go Away & Many More Kids Songs | Nursery Rhymes for Children By All Babies Channel

Rain Rain Go Away & Many More Kids Songs | Nursery Rhymes for Children By All Babies Channel | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Watch Nursery Rhymes By All Babies Channel, Click Here: http://bit.ly/1LTXwi2 Rain Rain Go Away is One of the Most Popular Nursery Rhymes enjoyed by Kids
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The small-scale Hugelkultur Bed Construction

The small-scale Hugelkultur Bed Construction | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
  Composting allows us to recycle plant materials so they can be re-used in the garden, but the materials need to be broken up into small pieces for the composting process to work efficiently. Traditional composting works fine for for soft green plant matter, twigs and small branches, but what do we do with thick…
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Air Pruning

Here is an interesting and simple-to-manage technique that will promote better root growth for your potted plants - air pruning.
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Garden Gadgets: The Solar-Powered Edyn Sensor Is Now Monitoring Our Raised Beds | The Horticult

Garden Gadgets: The Solar-Powered Edyn Sensor Is Now Monitoring Our Raised Beds | The Horticult | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
It’s pretty clear that we enjoy teching out our terrain. Exhibit A: Our screen-filled Super Bowl garden party. Exhibit B, our outdoor robot heater.
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SOIL Haiti Publications available for download

SOIL Haiti Publications available for download | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Publications by SOIL: The SOIL Guide to Ecological Sanitation. Sasha Kramer and Co-authors. SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods), 2011. Available in English and Haitian Creole available for download... and more...
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8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden | The Prairie Homestead

8 Ways to Use Chickens in the Garden | The Prairie Homestead | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Gardening with chickens provides ample benefits to both you and them! This post highlights 8 practical ways to use chickens in the garden.
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5 gallon bucket self watering planter

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Biochar Workshop Part 1, How to Make Biochar

Biochar making workshop led by Bob Wells, soil scientist Jon Nilsson and Patryk Battle. There are 5 parts:

1- How to Make Biochar

2- Why to Make Biochar

3- The Carbon Cycle

4- The Biochar Facility

5- Biochar & the Greenhouse

 

Additional Resources link http://www.livingwebfarms.org/resources/4560000658


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Vivalist's curator insight, December 13, 2014 6:02 PM

Biochar sequestrates CO2 (1kg of biochar is equivalent to up to 3kg of CO2), retain water and nutrients. It also promotes micro-organic and fungi life.

 

You can make biochar with any living material (bones, wood sticks, corn stover, sunflower stalks...) but if you're looking for carbon per mass, the heavier the input, the more biochar you get (1/3 of the initial weight). While making it, you can re-using the energy generated and reduce emitions. Justmake sure the water content is as minimal as possible.

 

Out of the kiln cheminee, you have water vapor and CO2 so it could be sent to a greenhouse.

 

For one unit of input (wood) you get 50% char, 10% volatiles (CO, Methane, Hydrogen...) used during the process and 40% you can turn into heat/energy > heat water tank, facilities & greenhouses, dry wood...

 

You also get a by-product called wood vinegar, used diluted 200-1 with water and sprayed on plants. It is a bio stimulant for germination and a pest repellent because of its odor. 

 

To build the kiln you need an outside chamber with a cheminee and bottom air holes with additional top tiny holes and an inner chamber where the biochar is done. The inner one is sealed with tiny holes on the side.

 

The outter chamber can be insulated with ciment walls or ceramic fiber.

  

You can add urine to biochar to sequester its phosporus while not being too bothered by salt issues.

 

LIving Web Farm has (among other great series) a series of video detailing the system used in this workshop:

Part 1 - intro https://youtu.be/FCmASuDusSY

Part 2 - Feedstocks https://youtu.be/NTvOsnP6uy0

Part 3 - Production https://youtu.be/10wdqjT3w9Q

Part 4 - Enegry Use https://youtu.be/8HL5JAHaKOU

Part 5 - System Design https://youtu.be/0A3te1B62OI

Part 6 - Applications (to be released)

Vivalist's curator insight, September 8, 2015 10:54 AM

Living Web Farm produced a couple of video series on Bob Wells and Jon Nilsson's company CharGrow, LLC and its biochar system.


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Food is Free Project: How to Build a Raised Wicking Bed! - YouTube

Food Is Free Project is amazing, engaging, sustaining and entertaining!! Learn how to get all your neighbors to grow food in their front yard. Listen to John...
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Gardening Resources, Cornell University

This publication describes some of the more familiar organic materials available to home gardeners, their effect on soil, plants, and soil life, and how they are commonly used.

 

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Hugelkultur Hoop Houses, Hugelbeds and Fukuoka Style Hugelkulturs

Hugelkultur Hoop Houses, Hugelbeds and Fukuoka Style Hugelkulturs | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Hugelkultur Hoop Houses, Hugelbeds and Fukuoka Style Hugelkulturs Retain and Release Water and Nutrients for Plants. How to make them.
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Development and construction of an air-pruning propagation bench, and its proper use

Development and construction of an air-pruning propagation bench, and its proper use | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
An in depth approach on what is and how air pruning should be used.
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PERMACULTURE / high-yield production in limited space / The raised bed - YouTube

PERMACULTURE / high-yield production in limited space / The raised bed - YouTube | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Video showing the building of a composting raised bed in the south of France (hugelkultur r...
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Container Gardening-15 best vegetables that grow well in a container or pot | The Self-Sufficient Living

Container Gardening-15 best vegetables that grow well in a container or pot | The Self-Sufficient Living | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
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How to Make Garden Beds from Scrap Timber

How to Make Garden Beds from Scrap Timber | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Here's how we made some quick garden beds from scrap timber with everyday tools. Is there anything more fun than vegetable gardening? I think not.
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The Facts about Dynamic Accumulators

The Facts about Dynamic Accumulators | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Within the world of Permaculture we often find reference to plants known as Dynamic Accumulators that help the soil, is it science or fiction...?
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Stacking Functions: The chicken compost run

Stacking Functions: The chicken compost run | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
How to reduce your costs on chicken feed whilst also producing your own compost! The compost chicken run!
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the downsides of composting (composting forum at permies)

the downsides of composting (composting forum at permies) | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
I think the world is rich with the ideas of the upside of composting. Mostly that the resulting product is almost magical in what it can do for soil
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Gardening with Ecobeds: Making Garden Ecobeds.

Gardening with Ecobeds: Making Garden Ecobeds. | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Making Garden Ecobeds
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 Combining a Wicking bed with a worm composting bin and aerated compost tea.

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Turning compost into lifelines | People and technology | Practical Action

Turning compost into lifelines | People and technology | Practical Action | Think Like a Permaculturist | Scoop.it
Thousands and thousands of holes, each no more than a metre across, dug into the sand bars, then filled with compost. Into these, farmers are able to plant between four and six gourd seeds per hole – from which can grow up to 10 gourds that the families can eat, store, even sell to make money they can put towards medicine, clothes, livestock or schooling for their children
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