Permaculture Playing Cards

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If you’ve heard of permaculture and have tried to explain what IT is. This deck of playing cards can help you out.

Every card has a subject or notable person under the permaculture umbrella. With tons of informational tidbits to get the card handlers interest.

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How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make your own laundry detergent.

1 bar of soap (any kind you want)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
a big pot (that holds more than 2 gallons)

Why Not Sew?: How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent.

Top 3 ways to go green with Linux

Here are my top three ways to go green with a Linux OS.

Reuse older computers.

I’ve been using linux for a little over 10 years, specifically debian, ubuntu, and kubuntu(my new favorite). Normally linux will run on just about any PC or laptop that will run Windows or Mac. And the best part, Normally it runs smoother and more efficiently thus saving your old PC from being sent needlessly to the recyclers (you are recycling your old PCs right?)

Netbooks

Netbooks kind of go along with the previous section, They are normally very low power (as in utilization and speed). You are not going to get desktop performance, but you will get something that can perform very well with a good linux distribution installed.

Money savings

Unlike some of the other major players out there that require you purchase their licenses; Linux, generally, does not cost.

 

 

Kubuntu | Friendly Computing

(My personal favorite. Download the live CD and try it out, no commitments and no risk! It can run directly from your CD drive)

www.kubuntu.org/

 

Ubuntu

www.ubuntu.com/

lubuntu | simplify your computer

(This distribution is built around power saving features for netbooks and older computers)

lubuntu.net/

www.centos.org/

Fedora Project Homepage

fedoraproject.org/

openSUSE.org

www.opensuse.org/

Arch Linux

www.archlinux.org/

CoffeeStove – Twig burning stove made from a coffee can

Great idea for a portable twig burning stove. Simple and will only cost you a few dollars (plus! you get to drink what was in it!).

CoffeeStove.

Solo Stove: Ultra Light Weight Wood Gas Backpacking Stove, Emergency Survival Stove, Wood Burning Camping Stove: Sports & Outdoors

Solo Stove: Ultra Light Weight Wood Gas Backpacking Stove, Emergency Survival Stove, Wood Burning Camping Stove

This is a great small stove for Backpacking and car camping.
No need for fuel, you can scrape up a handful of twigs and it should get your water boiled.

Very low weight too. Only 9 oz.

Amazon: Solo Stove

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

I’m a big fan of hiking and camping and try to follow the Leave no trace principles.

My favorite rule by far is the very last one… “Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.”  If you utilize this rule, you are guaranteed to see way more wildlife too!

 

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Copyright: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. To reprint the Leave No Trace Seven Principles, include copyright language and please do not alter them without review from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are also available for various environments and activities.

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE

Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.

Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.

Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.

Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.

Repackage food to minimize waste.

Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES

Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.

Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

In popular areas:

Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.

Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.

Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine areas:

Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.

Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY

Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.

Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.

Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND

Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.

Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.

Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS

Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.

Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.

Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.

Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

RESPECT WILDLIFE

Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.

Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.

Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS

Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.

Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.

Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.

Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.

Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

via The Leave No Trace Seven Principles | Leave No Trace.

Bike to Work

Biketowork.org has some good info on… well… biking to work:

Helpful Guidelines for Beginning Bicyclists

Are you new to biking or to bike commuting? This resource compiles safety tips, helmet guidelines, and trip planning in a one page document. These guidelines for biking safety and road etiquette provide the foundation of your bicycling skills and knowledge.

The Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision

Did you know that you can receive a benefit for biking to work? The Bicycle Commuter Tax Provision is a transportation fringe benefit that can be used for offsetting the cost of bicycling, including new bike, helmet, lock, or maintenance expenses. This resource provides a link the text of the law and summarizes the benefits for both the bicycle commuter and for the company.

Bikability Checklist (PDF)

This helpful resource, developed by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, provides a measure of bikability for your community and also suggests possible actions any bicyclist can take to improve less than ideal conditions for bicycling. This six question test is easy and quick, isolates where bicycling issues may be, and furnishes good ideas about what you can do immediately and what you or your community can do with more time to address the problem. The document also includes helpful links for more information. Get a better idea of what you can to do create a more bicycle-friendly community with the Bikability Checklist!

Bike to Work :: Home.

Homemade Windmills – Horizontal, Vertical, Flutter

Three types of windmills. Horizontal axis, Vertical axis, and the flutter gen (uses vibrations of the sails).

Windmills Homemade – YouTube.

DIY Drip Irrigation System, Made from Plastic Bottles » Curbly | DIY Design Community

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Photo: Fine Craft Guild
I was looking for a good cheap way to better water my garden. Ran across this method, using a buried soda bottle with holes, that slowly releases water deep into the soil. Great idea and it helps reuse something instead of sending it to the recyclers.
DIY Drip Irrigation System, Made from Plastic Bottles » Curbly | DIY Design Community.