composts

Hey guys, i’ve got another text post here for you all: 

im eating hot soup with a fully compostable plastic spoon and i think it’s melting right into it as i type

Thanks for reading.

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Hügelkultur

Hügelkultur, 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, Ihave piled sticks and wood, covered them in compost, planted my shrubs, and mulched the resulting berm first with a layer of newspapers, and 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 a 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 is the only sustainable way to utilise the space without creating a pond. Hugelkultur beds provide exceptional drainage for plants that don’t like “wet feet” (ie. waterlogged root systems).

Diagram: Permaculture UK - The Many Benefits of Hugelkultur

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

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take my tablet away from me

i like the “cassandra’s still highkey crushing on hawke” fanon hypothesis

Coffee lovers may have noticed a new offering in their local cafés. Cascara is a tea-like drink with a fine, fruity flavor and plenty of caffeine, and it’s popping up everywhere. For this new addition to chalkboards nationwide, credit Aida Batlle.

Batlle is a fifth-generation coffee grower in El Salvador, whose coffees have won international awards. One day a decade ago, she arrived at a coffee cupping —where coffees are sampled for flavor — and detected a pleasant, hibiscus-like scent in the room. When she asked the other coffee tasters about it, they pointed to the husks from recently milled coffee.

“So immediately I got curious with it,” says Batlle. “And I just picked through it, cleaned it, and then put it in hot water, to see what it was like. Then I called my customers at the time, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, you have to try this. I’m going to send you a sample.’”

Cascara 'Tea’: A Tasty Infusion Made From Coffee Waste

Photo: Murray Carpenter for NPR

Ways to reuse teabags!

1. Take a herb bath.

Run warm bath water over several tea bags for a tea bath. Here are several beauty benefits of bathing in tea.

2. To feed your garden.

You can even add the tea to your compost!

3. Use it as a hot compress.

Use the teabag as a hot compress to help pinkeye, plantar warts, canker sores and fever blisters. 

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Nest We Grow - College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley / Kengo Kuma & Associates


Built in Hokkaido, Japan, as part of an international design competition in 2014 (the 4th annual LIXIL design-build competition), Nest We Grow was conceived with a shared vision of bringing the Californian style of growing to new Japan. With a focus on renewable materials, the design is the first public-access space built for the competition; designed to allow people to grow, store, prepare and share local foods. 

The heavy timber frame was also inspired by more western building approaches, with a plastic corrugated sheets allowing natural light to flood in, whilst also protecting crops from the winds during colder months. Sliding panels can also be opened during warmer months to better ventilate the interior space. Snow and rainwater are also harvested; reused in the production of food within. 

The whole space functions in a constant cycle. Food is grown, harvested, prepared, cooked, and finally composted; restarting the process anew. In this sense, the nest is intended to function the whole year round. 

See more at: ArchDaily