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Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.

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Sources:

Ode To The Dandelion

http://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/ode-to-the-dandelion/

Taraxacum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum

Taraxacum officinale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taraxacum_officinale

University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops

http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=september_cover

Large populations of dandelions can actually offer such a strong floral cue to pollinators that the forego visiting a majority of other plants on the landscape. This can be especially damaging to rare plant species or those that cannot self pollinate.

via indefenseofplants:rkherman

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Extraordinary 10m² Micro Earthship

After watching the film Garbage Warrior, kiwi couple Nathan Rushton and Jess Fitzgerald were so inspired by Earthship architecture that they actually travelled to New Mexico to study Earthship Biotecture with pioneering architect Michael Reynolds. 

After returning to New Zealand and finding an ideal location, the couple then began the process of designing and building a downsized version of an Earthship at their property in Raglan. 

Read more at: www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com via earthkeyper

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Crinkle-Crankle wall, England. (From Wiki)
The crinkle crankle wall economizes on bricks, despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.
Both crinkle and crankle are defined as something with bends and turns (Webster’s), but the term is also thought to come from Old English meaning zig-zag.
Many crinkle-crankle walls are found in the Fen Country of East Anglia.
[There are some in the States too: Thomas Jefferson (1743 to 1826) incorporated so-called serpentine walls into the architecture of the University of Virginia, which he founded. Flanking both sides of its landmark rotunda and extending down the length of the lawn are 10 pavilions, each with its own walled garden separated by crinkle crankle walls.]
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Crinkle-Crankle wall, England. (From Wiki)

The crinkle crankle wall economizes on bricks, despite its sinuous configuration, because it can be made just one brick thin. If a wall this thin were to be made in a straight line, without buttresses, it would easily topple over. The alternate convex and concave curves in the wall provide stability and help it to resist lateral forces.

Both crinkle and crankle are defined as something with bends and turns (Webster’s), but the term is also thought to come from Old English meaning zig-zag.

Many crinkle-crankle walls are found in the Fen Country of East Anglia.

[There are some in the States too: Thomas Jefferson (1743 to 1826) incorporated so-called serpentine walls into the architecture of the University of Virginia, which he founded. Flanking both sides of its landmark rotunda and extending down the length of the lawn are 10 pavilions, each with its own walled garden separated by crinkle crankle walls.]

via buffleheadcabin:vanimore

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Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture. He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plus several types of plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables. (via papalagiblog)

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Check out this article about the duck system here at Permaculture Research Institute Tap o’ Noth, Scotland. http://pri-tap.com/2014/07/14/ducks-in-the-bath/ via pri-taponoth

Check out this article about the duck system here at Permaculture Research Institute Tap o’ Noth, Scotland. http://pri-tap.com/2014/07/14/ducks-in-the-bath/ via pri-taponoth

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With the popularity of urban farming some environmental scientists say the problem of lead contamination could be a ticking time bomb.

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This solar energy pilot project could simultaneously provide energy and water security. More via biovisual / Greenpeace International

This solar energy pilot project could simultaneously provide energy and water security. More via biovisual / Greenpeace International

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As society transitions from the industrial age into the information age we may find ourselves adopting models which echo the past more-so than our 20th century expectations of the future. The dissonance of the hierarchical structures and one-way communication streams of the industrial and broadcast era is slowly being resolved by network oriented thinking associated with current computing paradigm. This network oriented mode of thinking is mirrored in the tradition of permaculture – and it is the opinion of the author that a synthesis of both is one means of resolving the technology/biology dialectic.

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Inoculating some oak logs with Shiitake Mushroom Mycelieum. Soon these logs will be covered with Shiitake mushrooms, waiting to be harvested. Learning experience. via revofthought