Monthly Archives: November 2012

Passive Annual Heat Storage

When talking about saving energy, the tippy-top topic, that trumps all other topics, is the heating and cooling of the home. Can a comfortable temperature be obtained year round with far less energy use? Can we get it down to … Continue reading

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Reversing Desertification

Man-made desertification impacts climate change more than the burning of all fossil fuels. This includes contributions to greenhouse gasses, and overall warming. The good news is that this is pretty easy to mend. First, the problem: the deserts in America … Continue reading

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Is Black Locust the Ultimate Permaculture Tree?

You can spot where the old homesteads are in Montana as you will likely find a stand of black locust trees.  I’m surprised we don’t see more black locust here as they have to be one of the most useful … Continue reading

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Washing Dishes by Hand versus Dishwasher

I had a painfully awkward week.  In one week five different people told me “the fact” that dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand.    I  wanted to say that I think I use less water than a dishwasher, … Continue reading

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Horticulture of the United States of Pochahontas

This is fiction.  I made it up.  Mr. Rogers said it was okay to do this. My fiction starts with fact.  In 1608 a boat comes to the shores of what is now known as the United States of America.  … Continue reading

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