Last January I wrote about the possible effects of Peak Oil and Climate Change on landscaping. The effects will extend well beyond landscaping, of course. However, what better place to start doing something about these problems than the landscape just outside our door? Read more
Posts from the ‘Toward Sustainable Living’ Category
Why it will never be quite the same
What if I told you Climate Change was only one half of the biggest problem we face today? What’s the other half? Kim Kardashian? There’s some truth in that but I was thinking more along the lines of Peak Oil? It hasn’t been on the radar of the general public since Read more
To tie in with my article on the $42 million toilet,
here is a funny video created by Ric Sternberg
Organic growing is about working with Nature. And I don’t mean beating drums in the middle of the night within a circle of candles at Read more
Part I: The Real Deal, Organically Speaking
Is Organic farming really just about a getting in touch with Nature? Does Organic farming mean getting out your Gaia drum and beating a rhythm while march through the crop rows? Do tomatoes grow better to a salsa beat, potatoes to a Celtic jig? Does burning incense add flavor to crops? Read more
Part 1 of this series was about love and good feelings for Native Plants. In part 2, hold on to your garden pants, there’s going to be a bit of a native plant smackdown. In this article the unwarranted hype surrounding planting natives will be body-slammed in a Read more
Here is an interesting project that is looking for funding. The Kickstarter program officially ends today but you can still donate after the close.
In the category of ‘what’s old is new’, coppicing may become an important part of our near future as fossil fuel sources are reaching their peak availability. Coppicing can provide fuel crops for masonry stoves as well as material for sustainable crafts and many other uses. Read more
The story of Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon river provides a master class on landscaping large scale. It presents an exceptional look back through the history of the industrial revolution as well as a forward looking example of modern urban landscape design.
The Colbert Report taped this bit about a local company called Rent-a-Ruminant. They rent goats to eat your landscape!
|The Colbert Report||Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|People Destroying America- Goats Steal Landscaping Jobs|
I’m not just interested in how landscape design can improve our home lives. Our cities can do a lot to improve public landscapes to enhance quality of life for everyone. The following are two examples, near and far, about how our lives can be improved by simply making our urban environment more friendly to people instead of automobiles. Read more
Nice article in the Seattle Times (original source: Daily Press) about the healthy effects of chemical free gardening. In case you missed it, link here:
Ed Alexander is 84 years old and has lived longer than both his father and grandfather by 23 years. He attributes his health to gardening and Read more
I was reading an article about Leslie Blodgett, a CEO of the cosmetics company, Bare Escentuals (of all things not landscaping). The article is summed up with her words: “I don’t want to be a business, I want to be a community”. This struck a cord with me. It is similar to why I went into landscaping as a business. Not for profits but to fulfill a need that our community has for a connection to Read more