Archive for the ‘Water Saving / Harvesting’ Category

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I’m not aware of any parts of the UK that have had any reasonable rain over the last four or so weeks, this has not been a major issue for plants in the ground but potted plants and crops have been suffering! I now have to be 100% sure to do a watering session almost everyday at home and at least 2-3 times per week at the Allotment – BE CAREFUL with newly planted seedlings / plants !!

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During June we are officially in Summer, but this doesn’t mean your seed germination should halt.

This is a great time of the year to work hard on your compost production! The extra warmth is great in getting the beneficial microbes going in order to break down biomass quicker, adding in just enough grass clippings twice a week will ensure your compost will be ready by Autumn or Winter depending on what was / is in there to begin with …

Outdoors:

  • Frenh / runner beans
  • Sweetcorn
  • Root crops: carrots, beetroot, turnips, and also swedes for the winter
  • Swiss chard & leaf beet
  • The last of the summer salads, then after the middle of the month including oriental salads (mizuna, mibuna, mustard greens etc)
  • Herbs including parsley, coriander and others
  • Fennel

On a windowsill or germinator (this is your last chance for these):

  • Courgettes, squashes, cucumbers and melons (start of the month)

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border

  • Basil & coriander
  • Plant out summer crops started indoors

Before I forget, remember to always check out the Companion Planting Guide so that you can eliminate the need for pesticide, Herbicide and Fungicide use – why not let nature just do the work ?

Every month I will be posting the Monthly Sowing Calendar and these will always remain in the archives for future reference.

 

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As promised before and a common theme on my blog, (posting short interesting videos and tours of Permaculture Sites and Projects globally) I have found this Short Video of a really cool Permaculture project in San Marcos Sierras, Argentina, the Audio is both in English and Argentinian Spanish with a decent description from the interviewees of what the focus and aims of the community have.

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Shamballa Permaculture Project Argentina

The whole video is less than 7 minutes long and features Horses, beautiful gardens and a very beautiful house / dwelling.

Enjoy!

Here in the UK, research statistics provided by water saving product companies that produce products like specialist shower heads show that the average bathtub needs around 80 Litres of water, the average 8 minute shower consumes around 62 litres of water…

According to the study, the average eight-minute shower used 62 litres of hot water, and some power showers can use up to 136 litres, compared with an average bath’s 80 litres. These findings have been widely reported – in the Daily Mail, The Independent and the BBC, among others.
They are claiming that their special shower head, coupled with a short 4 minute shower will consume almost half of this (32 Litres of water) and that it could take you less than a year to make your money back from the purchase if you are on a water meter.

 

Enter the Tabo method of the Philippines (known as Tabo-Tabo):
  • 1x Bucket (normally 10 – 12 Litres which is around 2.6 UK Gallons),
  • 1x handled Jug (Tabo) of any shape but we like the ones used in kitchen measuring,
  • Water source and area you can splash around (bathtub or shower)

Most people use about 1 – 2 buckets worth of water to finish a normal Tabo session, I use less than One! (1) no jokes! It’s quite simple, fill the bucket with the right water temperature you are comfortable with, use the Tabo to wet yourself (takes two usually if you pour slowly), then just rub your soap around with whatever defoliating cloth you use or sponge etc, then rinse once complete. Note: This is a body only shower, does not include shampooing, hence why some people with long hair seem to use 1.5 to 2 buckets worth of water per session (Which still, is not that much at 20/24 Litres Max / 5.2 Gallons)
It takes me around 7 minutes to finish if I am busy and need to get onto other things asap and I always have about 1/6th of the bucket left over still.

In comparison:

Tabo: 12 Litres or Less / More
Water Saving Showerhead and short 4 min Shower Session: 32 Litres or More
Bathtub (UK average): 80 Litres or More
Power Shower Head (Time unknown but might be 8 min standard): 136 Litres or More

The Tabo Tabo method Still saves an additional 7,300 Litres of water versus the Special Water saving shower head Per Year! …

You could even obtain or have a nice wooden treated Bucket and Ladle made if you wanted to get a bit fancy or to avoid being embarrased when guests visit, just remember to turn the wooden bucket upside down to preserve the wood and prevent rot once not in use.

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Wooden Water Bucket and Ladle – Tabo Tabo

I just came across this interview on Alchemy Radio (An online alternative podcast / show) a couple of days ago, Dr. Wayne has good plans and future transition options for a better future for worldwide society.

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Dr. Wayne speacks about various subjects such as water retention / sustainable regeneration, aquaponics, land regeneration, Permaculture, Free courses online etc.

Find the interview Here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/alchemyradio/episodes/2017-04-27T10_54_41-07_00

 

 

Woodchip is a great soil amendment and adds nutrients into the soil slowly, I have observably proven this to myself last year on my Allotment where I stashed a few wheelbarrows of woodchip on a section of my plot because otherwise the communal woodchip would likely have been finished by the time I needed some.
Once I dug my pond out, I covered the mound of woodchip with the soil from within the pond, about 6 months later I finally started a new project in the place of the mound of soil where I discovered the very well composted woodchip and noticed when digging that the topsoil layer was darker within a few inches under the topsoil line, when I compared this to a section just a meter away, the soil was lightly coloured and only darker very close to the surface line…

Below is a great video proving and showing from day one to 8 years on, the soil is even dug down seriously deep to prove how far the amendment reached until the soil quality becomes poor again.

 

Important Note: If you obtain free woodchip from your local Tree Surgeons, always ask what tree/s were chipped! Basically, Broad Leaf are usually Alkaline or Neutral PH (Oak is Acidic though) and Coniferous are Acidic PH, So use Conifer Woodchip for pathways as less weeds will germinate amongst the mature rotting chips as well as a mulch for Acid loving plants like strawberries and Blueberries. Use the Broad Leaf for your beds and as a soil amender!

Video courtesy of youtube channel OneYardRevolution

I am an avid fan of the Holzer Permaculture methods, I find Sepp Holzers outlook and methods to be closer to nature than his Australian counterparts but I am in no way saying that the common Permaculture is in any way wrong. I merely like his approach and understanding of nature better, it resonates with me, in one way, I feel he is more spiritual and feels the energy or information that nature gives him than the more scientific approach that the others show us.

I highly recommend reading his books and also following his works online, there are many videos you can catch on various media sources such as youtube, I do not however, claim that his work is all that you should research and follow, by all means do follow the works of Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, John D. Liu, Geoff Lawton, the late Patrick Whitefield (UK / Temperate Climate Permaculturist) and many more

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Desert or Paradise by Sepp Holzer

 

In the last couple of months, in my own very home I have rediscovered how important a true, good healthy supply of Water is for us, my family and also the world as a whole, I have invested in a system that provides us with the right structured water which is also high PH (Potential Hydrogen) as well as extremely low Oxidation Potential.
After attending last Sundays London Permaculture Festival and purchasing my second book by Sepp Holzer titled ”Desert or Paradise – restoring endangered landscapes using water management, including lake and pond construction” where I am only now on page 28, one realises how good Living natural water is so important to every living being as well as the planet as a whole! He describes how our man made changes to the landscape has caused certain issues which come back to us through nature as so called ”Natural Disasters”.
People like Sepp Have The Answers but it will take people like us to force our Governments to take note and seek out their expertise and the time is NOW!

They don’t call this guy ”The Rebel Farmer” for nothing …

Ok so I thought I was just going to be writing one paragraph explaining why you should watch this 12 minute video (below) … just goes to show how Sepp has the ability to captivate those who are truly awake to the issues we have in this world!

Sepp Holzer and Bernd Muller explain about their project in Tamara Portugal where they took a soon-to-be desert landscape and constructed a lake for water retention and preventing desertification of that particular area, he has done this in other areas around the world as well, this is a must watch for anyone interested in restoring land or wanting to create an abundant landscape for the sake of wildlife and human life.

I have another Video Home tour, this one is from Johannesburg South Africa (I chose to find another one from this city as my previous one has had the video removed or deleted and I cannot find another copy).

This one is particularly exciting as he goes through his property’s greywater recycling system/s, bio digester, bio diesel refinery, whole garden and fruit trees including a little bit on tree grafting. This all is in a Townhouse Complex to top it off!
Enjoy the video and Happy Holidays to us Unfortunate ones who still have to work full time for a living! ….