A few years ago, I enlisted some friends to design and build two raised garden beds* for a local nursing home. The goal was to design a raised bed that would be easily accessible for elderly people who were working while standing or seated. I haven't given this a lot of thought since then, but … Continue reading Accessible Raised Garden Beds
It's time to bring this year's garden season to an end. There's really nothing left to do inside the garden besides pick a few carrots, so I need focus the remaining weeks before snowfall on raking leaves, tending grapes, and whatever else I can manage to do to get ahead for next year. But, before I do … Continue reading 2015 Gardens in Review
Pop quiz: What’s the most heavily irrigated crop in the US? If you deduced from the title of this post (because you’re smart like that) that it’s our collective lawns, then you’d be correct. A new study estimated that more than 40 million acres of land are some type of lawn. Yes, lawns are great for looking nice, … Continue reading Kill Your Lawn
I was able to borrow a friend's Solar Pathfinder so that I could get a better sense of our property's sun exposure. The center of the Pathfinder shows the path of the sun throughout the day for different months of the year, while the bubble-top device has a reflective surface that shows the location of any … Continue reading Good Day, Sunshine!
Summer is always such a swirl of activity. There's a long progression from March all the way through June as the weather slooooowly gets better (wait for it... wait for it...) and then (bam!) suddenly it's ridiculously hot out and July is half over. I haven't been writing much because I've been trying hard to actually get outside … Continue reading Slow Down Summer
What might your office or apartment have in common with a NASA spaceship? Unfortunately the answer may be poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health: Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be … Continue reading 9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill
Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough. I am once again finding my tendency to go dormant in the fall hard to overcome. La … Continue reading Project Get Out: Week 7
Project Get Out is my personal challenge to spend at least a half hour a day outside for the fall. Because even though I work in natural resources and write about the outdoors, I don’t get out nearly enough. Woo-hoo! Just the fact that I've kept at this for two weeks is pretty impressive to … Continue reading Project Get Out: Week 2