I just saw a recent post of your garden over time and I just have to ask -- what do you do to your garden so that you don't have to water it?
Mulch! Lots and lots of mulch! Between that and super-dense polyculture plantings, the soil is always covered. That year I used a lot of straw and newspaper in between seedlings as they were getting started. Mulch keeps the soil cool and reduces surface evaporation.
I also don’t till my soil anymore, so it has a much more comprehensive life web (fungi, etc.), which also aids in maintaining moisture.
All my beds are made out of rotting logs, which are ambient water reservoirs. They swell up with water when it rains and slowly release it.
Moreover, I tend to pick hardy or perennial plants, and pluck out/transplant self-seeded offspring, so there’s a bit of chaotic selection going on there that favours the plants that can tolerate things like water stress.
Obviously my situation is unique in that Denmark has a high level of precipitation, so “no watering” isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but you can dramatically reduce your watering needs by protecting your soil and using a tonne of organic matter in various states of decay.
The investigation team asked the Nordics what their most embarrassing moments were…
Here are the results:
Denmark: my most embarrassing moment? Uhhhh… Oh right, gotta be the time when I climbed to the top of a mountain with Norge when we were younger and ended up stranded… That was an interesting experience…
Norway: hm… I think the Norwegian Butter Crisis itself was embarrassing enough…
Iceland: when Norway and Denmark kept babying me in front of Hong Kong. It was so embarrassing and annoying…
Sweden: … Mm… I think that one time when I tried to flirt with Fin and ended up almost giving him a heart attack because I was glaring at him so much… He thought he’d done something wrong…
Finland: oh, probably the time when I forgot to plug in my headphones to the stereo! That’s when the other Nordics found out about my… Unique… Taste in music!
Denmark’s kitchen was
made for a lot of people. He had been very insistent when building it
that it would be big enough for his whole family to be comfortable
in. That didn’t mean it didn’t get crowded when everyone moved
about, opening cupboards and stealing beer from the fridge. It got
warm, loud and sometimes a little too crowded around the hob and oven
– but that was what he liked.
Shoppers in the Danish capital will soon be able to buy groceries without paying for them - if they write a review about the products.
Copenhagen’s first “free” supermarket is scheduled to open in a few days, The Copenhagen Post reports. Once customers register online with Freemarket, they place an order and pick everything up at the shop.
But shoppers have to review their products quickly - they might have their profile shut down if they take too long, or have to pay a fine if they want it reopened. Freemarket also charges 19 kroner (£2.02; $3.40) a month to pay for the “physical operation” and has a monthly limit of 10 products.
“Experienced consumers switch off or even get angry about the commercials, ads, banners and pop-ups foisted on them,” says Cutting Edge PR. “‘Tryvertising’ is an innovative way to reach them.” The concept isn’t unique to Denmark, but has been gaining popularity as companies try to harness the power of customer reviews online. Big brands from the car to coffee industries have been offering perks such as free use of cars at hotels or complimentary coffee to commuters at bus stops in the same spirit.