laughingatmynightmare:

So excited to share my first column with The Morning Call. I worry that I might have a hard time making it as a writer, but this is a first step that I’m very pumped about.
Take a read right here: http://www.mcall.com/health/mc-laughing-at-my-nightmare-shane-burcaw-20140418,0,6267324.story

laughingatmynightmare:

So excited to share my first column with The Morning Call. I worry that I might have a hard time making it as a writer, but this is a first step that I’m very pumped about.

Take a read right here: http://www.mcall.com/health/mc-laughing-at-my-nightmare-shane-burcaw-20140418,0,6267324.story

startwithaseed:

biodiverseed:


Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur, meaning “hill culture” in German, is a method of raised bed gardening that uses decaying wood as a basis for building up a berm. Berms are useful in directing the flow of water, and protecting more delicate plants from prevailing wind damage.

For this simple hugelkultur garden, I have piled sticks and wood, covered them in compost, planted my shrubs, and mulched the resulting berm first with a layer of newspapers, and a second with a layer of wood chips. 

As the wood breaks down, it will create a rich soil with plenty of air pockets, allowing for excellent drainage and root penetration for the plants planted in the mound.

Hugelkultur raised beds are an excellent form of “no-dig” garden (like the straw bale gardens) making them a good choice for those with impaired mobility or strength. They also sequester carbon, and provide a handy use for all of the trimmings from pruning and hedge maintenance.

My yard has poor drainage, so building up the soil it the only sustainable way to utilise the space without creating a pond. Hugelkultur beds provide excellent drainage for plants that don’t like “wet feet” (ie. waterlogged root systems).

Diagram: Permaculture UK - The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur

#garden hacks #DIY #permaculture #hugelkultur #compost #mulch

This it what I was talking about regarding my extra native soil. Little hills or berms work well with native plants. At my former place, I had one with succulents and wildflowers.

insteadofwatchingtv:

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

mamisgarden:

i’ve finally gotten the walls of my combined living/bed/workroom done, so been able to put it all up as i originally intended…a dedicated plantwall on one side, two big Expedit bookshelfs for my books on the other and in between i dwell, in my own lil indoor paradise. Good music and wine…what else is there!

mamisgarden:

i’ve finally gotten the walls of my combined living/bed/workroom done, so been able to put it all up as i originally intended…a dedicated plantwall on one side, two big Expedit bookshelfs for my books on the other and in between i dwell, in my own lil indoor paradise. Good music and wine…what else is there!

(via startwithaseed)

Feds Double Down On Developmental Screening - Disability Scoop

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” With a new initiative, the Obama administration is looking to expand developmental and behavioral screening for children across the country.This screening initiative will help identify warning signs early so that more children get the support they need as soon as possible.”


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