Topic: Permaculture

Swarming Means Free Bees!

Life in the hive—and what happens when the population gets out of hand. After a bee colony has come through a winter really well (not an easy task) and started collecting nectar an …

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The Krishna Garden

A community permaculture food forest in the making The Krishna Food Forest is an urban story of reclaiming the land for the benefit of the a whole community. Six years ago the prop …

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Red Butte’s Waterwise Terraces

Climb into the Salt Lake foothills for lessons in conservation and beauty. Gardeners, prepare for a seduction of the senses: After over five years of planning and two years of cons …

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Grow Your own Carbon Credits!

Everything you need to know to get started in DIY carbon sequestration. It’s impossible to be a self-aware human being in this day and age and not acknowledge the effect we as huma …

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Ask Umbra: Here’s how to keep your sweaters lasting longer

Q. Dear Umbra, Disposable clothes are driving me nuts. In particular, as we come into fall, I’m thinking about sweaters. These days, when I buy a new sweater, it starts to pill on …

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Ask Umbra: How green is radiant floor heating?

Q. Dear Umbra, I am planning a garage conversion and wondering whether to heat by means of radiators connected to the gas-fueled central heating or by under-floor electric heating …

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Compost Like a Boss

Getting the best carbon/nitrogen ratio is an autumn project. I love composting. Growing, harvesting and eating the bounty of my garden is honestly a secondary benefit of my primary …

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Harvest Like a Boss

Here’s how to pick your produce at the peak of perfection. In the garden, it’s rush hour. After the early summer ritual of patience you’ve endured waiting for that garden full of g …

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I Love Bindweed

In the world of permaculture, this weed has a worthy job to do. I love bindweed. (Or morning glory, if that’s what you prefer to call it, or Convolvulus, if you’re a proper geek.) …

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Aphids 101: Methods to Outsmart the Little Vampires

Few things crash the garden party harder than the arrival of aphids. In an instant, visions of effortless harvest and flawless plants come to an abrupt halt. One of the first pests …

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