I was letting these plants grow under the courtyard fig tree. They had interesting foliage & tiny daisy type flowers – until – the flowers turned into a burr that disperses it’s seed on a sharp barb – porcupine style. Now I’m encouraging everyone to pull it out & dispose of it in the green bin. Anyone know it’s name?
I’m 2 years late on posting this article by George Villanueva but we are in it for the long run. So here it is: http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/columns/engaging-spaces/la-eco-village-20-years-as-a-model-of-sustainable-living.html
Thank you Mr. George Villanueva and KCET!
Even though I do this several times a week, setting the conditions for kitchen waste to become fertile soil is still the most amazing transformation.
We planted nightshades: tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos here last year, and it was cover-cropped with clover during the winter. After another round of cover crops, how about some corn? Will we get enough light? Not the best exposure, but let’s experiment
Now that I think about growing corn, i think i’ll toss in some lentils to boast the nitrogen in this cover-crop mix. I’m using “seeds” that we stock in the food lobby bulk room.
I imagined a decadent scene: a Nasturtium riot spilling onto sidewalk and into the street. Irma and I had to curb their enthusiasm ’cause they were crowding out the neighbor-ladies seats.
Visitors to the ecovillage are encouraged to help with our projects.
ernesto (visitor) and irma (member) dug holes for potatoes in composted lower level site. Potatoes will alternate with sunflowers for an interesting visual, and clover cover-crops will protect the ground while everything is growing.
ernesto practiced hilling potatoes using un- composted straw from the hot compost bins. the large leaf pale green (fuzzy) plant is mullein. It will send up a stalk with yellow flowers that bees love
bulb out garden on Bimini. revived by carol and irma last year; maintained by visitors: ellary, daniel, carla supervised by carol and watered by shaila.
This area of the courtyard gets scant sun from end of Nov., so what better time for garden construction? Motivated by recent draught and desire to conserve water, i’m experimenting with sinking the garden beds below the paths. i figure it’s like hair – if i don’t like the haircut, it’ll grow back in.
When you think of toilet water, you don’t necessarily associate it with clean hands, but the water flowing into the tank is not the same as the water sitting in your bowl. It’s much cleaner. In fact, it’s the same water that flows out of your sink faucets. So why not make use of this water before it gets dirty?
In Japan, most toilets are equipped with water saving features such as a little flush/big flush options and toilet lid sinks. This allows clean water to flow through a faucet before it fills your tank for your next flush.
Here in the states, you can buy a toilet lid sink, which is fairly pricey, or you can make one yourself for a small fraction of the cost. Here’s one that federico made with repurposed materials (see photo).
The Materials. We found the bowl at a local thrift store for $3.99. The wood for the lid was from a discarded piece of furniture donated by our friend Josh. The copper was harvested from an old broken refrigerator. We lined the bottom with rocks I had saved from an old lucky bamboo pot. The other parts (1/4″ plastic tubing, rubber rings, short pipe piece) were lying around from other projects. You can buy all of these parts fairly easily.
Here are a few photos of the building process.
And here’s a video of the water saving device in action. Happy flushing!