To prevent the water held in the soil from evaporating the soil needs a cover. In fact you should feel uneasy when you see bare land-it’s like skin with a layer missing. The most effective way to protect soil is to use mulches. Mulch is a layer over the soil which protects it from the damaging effects of wind, sun and water. Mulches have several special functions and multiple benefits: They reduce soil evaporation and therefor inhibit soil salination and general water loss, thereby saving water They increase water infiltration […]
Category Archives: Water Consciousness
Now is the time to harvest your rain water and use it in your home. The simplest way to do this, is to use your harvested rain water in the toilet and washing machine. In this way you can cover two thirds of your house hold water usage during winter, the balance being your personal washing and drinking water. The basic requirements are: a roof a gutter system a down pipe and filter screen a water tank a small pump, pressure controller and filter and pipe work to connect it all […]
Hot Composting, Step By Step DAY 1 Mix together ingredients by laying then in alternating thin layers of “greens” and “browns”. Wet the compost heap down very well so it is dripping water out of the bottom and is saturated. § Can put activator in the middle of compost heap to start off composting process. Activators include comfrey, nettles, yarrow, animal, fish, urine, or old compost. DAY 4 Turn the compost heap over, outside turned to inside, inside turned to outside. To explain in more detail, when turning […]
Cold vs Hot Composting Regular composting, also known as “cold composting”, involves placing a variety of organic materials in a compost bin, enclosure, or even just in a large heap, and leaving it there until it breaks down several months later. It’s a very slow process and typically takes 6 to 12 months. It can be sped up by turning the compost. That is, moving around the material at the bottom of the heap to the top and vice versa to mix it up and get more oxygen in there […]
Can we rely on our government providing us with basic services like security, energy, water and food?
Does living sustainability also mean being independent in our primary needs from government? As it is, many people are already hiring their own security services, investing in solar energy and more recently investing in their own water security by harvesting, storing and purifying rain water to reuse in their homes. The next frontier now may very well be producing their own food. An efficient government/producer providing these primary services in large qualities of scale should be able to do so very cost efficiently. Logic would dictate that smaller individual installations […]
Water Rhapsody Atlantic: To hand wash or not to hand wash? When it comes to saving water, it seems some people firmly believe that the dishwasher is one of those things that need to be sacrificed. Too much water and energy is the argument. A new study firmly refutes this idea and revisits the debate on dishwashers. According to the study, London alone could save as much as 16 billion liters of fresh water a year if every household used a dishwasher instead of washing by hand, and as the […]
Just go to any beach or body of water, and you will most likely see some form of human litter. This really struck home for me when my 4 year old noticed it and started picking it up. We now cant go to any beach without a plastic bag to pick up the beach litter. So the young are showing the way for the older generation to follow. Its time for us to listen, and to clean up our act.
TYPICAL STEPS TO AN INSTALLATION: Dig and locate the sewer line to establish a datum height Confirm location for pump chamber and excavate pit Remove bricks or concrete siding to accommodate grey water (bath/shower/basins) lines Dig grey water pipe trenches to required depth Install a 50mm grey water drain line, connecting all grey water points Connect overflow from pump chamber to sewer line Connect pump Layout 30m of black irrigation hose and connect sprinkler head Test system Close up all trenches and holes Replace brick and concrete work Demonstrate system […]
Masaru Emoto is an internationally renowned Japanese researcher. Emoto’s research has visually captured the structure of water at the moment of freezing, and through high speed photography he has shown the direct consequences of destructive thoughts and thoughts of love and appreciation on the formation of water crystals.