May 27th, 2015
Spiral Herb Garden
Whether you’re a city mouse or a country mouse — with a high-rise patio or 1000 acres — building an herb spiral near your kitchen allows you to partake in the sustainable permaculture revolution and have fresh organic culinary herbs at your fingertips. An herb spiral is a compact vertical garden built on specific principles allowing for individualized management of wind and water flow to create the ideal garden in a limited amount of space.
The spiral is a natural form that provides an efficient method for managing space, storing and sorting. Using the natural universal design of a spiral, the forces of gravity and water flow are utilized to their fullest allowing for proper drainage downhill. Herbs that thrive on drier soils live at the top, whereas those needing more moisture reside at the bottom where water collects. This form allows for planting of a widely diverse number of plants, and creates natural, sunny and shady areas — a perfect miniature microclimate landscape environment. The herb spiral as a permaculture form that allows you to create your own ecosystem and become self sufficient. The format can be adapted to large gardens if space is available.
Stone or block building materials allow for retention of heat and insulate plants in colder weather or at night, while acting as the backbone for the structure. Collect water at the bottom and have a small fish or frog pond or even a bog and grow edible water plants. An herb spiral can be built even on a concrete foundation and filled with the richest biodynamic, organic earth to support any plants included.
The spiral should always be built to move in the direction of water drainage in whatever hemisphere it’s located in — for example, in the Northern hemisphere, water runs off in a clockwise direction and the opposite is true for the Southern hemisphere. This allows for optimal positioning of the pond at the bottom and reduces evaporation. The spiral can be built as a round or oval shape to take advantage of the movement of summer sunlight.
15 reasons to build an herb spiral for your permaculture garden
1. Maximize growing space to grow more food.
2. Multiple microclimates available for optimal plant growth.
3. Healthier plants where growing needs are met and companion planting is easy to reduce insect problems and foster beneficial plant relationships for better growth.
4. Aesthetic garden focal point.
5. Maximizes space even in very small areas on top of concrete or in high-rise buildings.
6. Harvesting access is easy and all plants are effortlessly accessible.
7. No bending, everything is at waist height — hooray!
8. Save money by growing your own food.
9. Eat organic, using heirloom seeds and avoid pesticides and genetically engineered seeds.
10. Reduces maintenance, little weeding and easy to turn and mulch.
11. Manage water amounts and use natural forces to perpetuate the growing season.
12. Reduce building costs when you use local available materials.
13. Use drip irrigation or a small sprinkler for easy watering and irrigation.
14. Create a bio-diverse habitat for creatures who come to visit.
15. Build an herb spiral to grow medicinal herbs to avoid Big Pharm drugs.
Posted by JB Bardot
April 26th, 2015
I would like to run up to you and shout “I Love You”… but I can’t because it would be unethical.
I would like to kneel in morning grass and praise a god that does not require doxologies and hymns with words I do not understand…. but I can’t because it would be sacrilegious.
I would like to run in bare feet through endless sands and grassy hills and throw my face up to the sun…. but I can’t because it would be insane.
I would like to live my own way and not bother about the rules society makes up to protect themselves from themselves…. but I can’t because it would be illegal.
I would like to roam through meadows of grass and pick daisies hand and hand naked with you… but I can’t because it would be immoral.
And so I stay in my own little shell, quite ethical, quite religious, quite sane, quite legal, and cramping my soul because of a decree of societies that to be myself would be wrong.
Janice Handel (age 14 when this was written), Ontario, Canada
I’ve been cleaning out old files” (in every sense of the word) and came across this piece that “spoke” to me many years ago. I’m not sure how it originally came to be in my possession, but did so while I was living in Paris… a very “soul freeing” time for me.
Today I felt the desire to share it to those who are ready to “let go” of those limiting beliefs and “bust loose”. It’s time to shatter the shell and let your soul free.
January 22nd, 2015
Le Bouvier is the french name for the Bootes constellation, where the star Arcturus is. This song contains light codes for the listener.
“At the end of seven hundred years, the laurel will be green once more.”
Anonymous Cathar Troubadour, 13th Century
January 17th, 2015
Conditioning the Bales:
Steps for Creating a Straw Bale Garden:
Planting a Straw Bale:
November 29th, 2014
This video reveals how profound ancient knowledge inherited from Egypt has been encoded in units of measurement, in famous works of art, in the design of major buildings, in the layout of city streets and public spaces, and in the precise placement of obelisks and other important monuments upon the Earth, the viewer is led to perceive an elegant harmonic system linking the human body with the architectural, urban, planetary, solar, and galactic scales.
March 9th, 2014
March 9th, 2014
March 4th, 2014
Homes Built Using Hemp All Over the World
How to Build a Hemp Wall – Mixing the Materials
How to Hemp- Lime Render a Wall
Visit Culberra Hemp House for insights into the building of a home using hemp. Lists of resources used might be helpful to your project.
February 20th, 2014
“I’m not aware of any other social movement going on in the US today that has the power to challenge and win against corporate rule, push back and dismantle corporate rights, and enshrine rights for actual human beings,” asserts Community Rights educator and organizer Paul Cienfuegos.
Local Community Rights ordinances are not only stripping “rights” from corporations, but asserting that nature has rights. Two Oregon counties have submitted a “Right to Local Food Systems” ordinance which forbids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and protects heritage seeds. Even more, it asserts the right to fully-functioning natural communities, even requiring a corporation to restore whatever it has disrupted.
Are these ordinances being challenged? Yes they are, but Paul explains how corporation leaders who want to sue are forced to do so on the community’s terms – a brilliant strategy. Episode 259. [paulcienfuegos.com, celdf.org, YouTube channel “Community Rights TV”, communityrightspdx.org]
November 17th, 2013
SOLN1 Version 3 – Solar made easy!
SOLN1 Version 1:
Most current info on forum here: http://laserhacker.com/forum/index.php?board=2.0
Parts List and wiring diagram for SOLN! Version 3: http://laserhacker.com/?p=92