Monthly Archives: September 2012

Chicken Coop Tractors

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Chicken coop tractors are portable, wheeled pens with an open bottom and a nesting/roosting area.The tractors allow chickens to be moved throughout the landscape–keeping them enclosed and protected from predators as they eat weeds and insect pests,  aerate the soil, … Continue reading

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COMPANION PLANTING

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Companion planting is the organic gardener’s alternative to pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers.  Combing diverse crops of plants that have mutually beneficial relationships, companion planting gives rise to natural conditions which provide habitats for beneficial insects and animals, deter pests, enrich the soil, and increase productivity. Within … Continue reading

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Food Forest Layers

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Permaculture seeks to mimic natural ecosystems.  –So, when creating a food forest, a permaculturist aims to duplicate the diversity and distinct spacial layers found within nature’s forests.  In doing so, beneficial relationships emerge, and the result is a healthy, functional … Continue reading

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HOW MANY RAIN BARRELS

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Part of designing a rainwater catchment system is determining how many rain barrels will be needed to catch the majority of run-off from your roof.  To do this, you first need to know the following: *How many gallons of water … Continue reading

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SIZING A SOLAR ARRAY

Last week I meet with sustainable design & renewable energy expert Troy Van Beek, of Ideal Energy in Fairfield Iowa to discuss what size solar array will be needed to meet the Khare family’s energy needs. Troy informed me that … Continue reading

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