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All things Green and Dirty v2.0
RE: All things Green and Dirty v2.0
Sorry if this is seen as necroposting mods/ staff ...but it is a thread following my gardens' progress and Mother Nature isn't THAT kind here in Oz.... so ....

Dicksonia antartica Recovering from summer here in Oz
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Pot of mint outside my Laundry door
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Brakefern taking over it's patch
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Watch this space for some improvements
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Autumn / Winter veggie patch up and running
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Pyrotegia venusta Taking over the garden shed
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Pyrostegia venusta

Remember that stingy little Passiflora sp vine? Well now it is fruiting and eating the fence! Prunus sp "Lapin cherry" is bolting along too! Big Grin
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All pics taken @ 16:00 Western Australia time... note the length of shadow across the garden

And a personal favourite.... my little "wild spot" near the Dicksonia antarctica is just so luch now I may have to whip out the secateurs to keep it in check! Tongue
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Rethinking the Urban Grid
Posted April 24, 2013
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Quote:As it recently reached its 200th birthday, New York’s street grid provides a prime case study for weighing how we utilize a network of systems that we have come to simply accept as a constant (for any system that should be the first clue that a fresh look is warranted).

Manhattan’s grid covers roughly 25% of its ground plane making it one of the city’s largest infrastructural assets. Originally, the plan was the brainchild of Gouverneur Morris, Jon Rutherfurd and Simeon De Witt: a three member commission assigned by the New York State Legislature to create a plan for the island. The plan, by and large similar to the latticework of streets we know today (though missing Central Park), was proposed in 1807 and finally adopted in 1811. The “New York city block” was born.

Reclaiming the Urban Memory
Posted April 25, 2013


One inspiration for my new book, Urbanism Without Effort, came in 2010, from an unexpected find in a Seattle used bookstore. This discovery led to interviews and exposure to incomparable photographs, some over a century old.

“Reclaiming the Urban Memory” first appeared in myurbanist in 2010, when it was also featured by Kaid Benfield in his blog and in The Huffington Post. A revised version appeared in 2011, both in myurbanist and Grist.

Given the passage of almost two years, and the considerable number of new readers interested in cities and urban history, the story is well worth a rerun, as slightly updated below.

Here, for new readers and old, is the stirring work of Burton Holmes, a continued and motivating force in my work, and by inference, a catalyst for us all.

Sydney 1917
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All pics etc Authored by:

Chuck Wolfe.

Saving the Earth with Sustainable Cities [INFOGRAPHIC]
Posted April 26, 2013

Quote:If you’re after some ideas for sustainable cities, we’d like to think that our archive of content is a good place to spend a few hours. But if you’re after a more digestible snapshot, this recently-released infographic is also worth your attention. It may not be breaking news that the global urban population is set to increase over the coming decades, but did you know about the green tech hub being built in Tianjin, China or the predicted boom in job opportunities for sustainable cities professionals?

Check out the infographic below, courtesy of CityTownInfo.com:

"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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Rule 1. Be mindful of your resources
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"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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An embarrassment of Parsley
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Wintry afternoon sunlight
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Winter on it's way! Regrowth of the Dicksonia!
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Because I like it
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The Garden Shed is getting eaten!! Panic

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Agora Garden in Taipei is under development and will be completed in 2016. Inspired by the double helix of DNA, Agora Garden will be an upscale apartment complex located in the business district. Greenery on the balconies will insulate the building. All of the building materials will be recycled or recyclable.

More info: http://bit.ly/12WVAtG

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Sustainable Cities Collective
Fancied · Month o' May 14

Do you know the story behind the word "promenade"? Find its historical context in this post:


(Tree-lined street in Paris. Image: zoetnet)
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"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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The Hidden World Under Our Feet

THE world’s worrisome decline in biodiversity is well known. Some experts say we are well on our way toward the sixth great extinction and that by 2100 half of all the world’s plant and animal species may disappear.

Yet one of the most important threats to biodiversity has received little attention — though it lies under our feet.

Scientists using new analytical techniques over the last decade have found that the world’s ocean of soil is one of our largest reservoirs of biodiversity. It contains almost one-third of all living organisms, according to the European Union’s Joint Research Center, but only about 1 percent of its micro-organisms have been identified, and the relationships among those myriad life-forms is poorly understood.

Soil is the foundation on which the house of terrestrial biodiversity is built. Without robust soil ecosystems, the world’s food web would be in trouble.

“There’s a teeming organization below ground, a factory, with soil animals and microbes, each with their own role,” said Diana H. Wall, a professor of biology at Colorado State University who has studied soil biodiversity in Antarctica and Kansas over the last two decades and who is the scientific chairwoman of the soil biodiversity initiative. “A leaf falls, and earthworms and termites are constantly ripping and tearing it apart, and microbes and fungi pass the nutrients on to plants.”

Forget the term “dumb as dirt.” The complex soil ecosystem is highly evolved and sophisticated. It processes organic waste into soil. It filters and cleans much of the water we drink and the air we breathe by retaining dust and pathogens. It plays a large role in how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere. Soil, with all of its organic matter, is second to the oceans as the largest carbon repository on the planet. Annual plowing, erosion and other mismanagement releases carbon in the form of carbon dioxide, and exacerbates climate change.

The last decade of research has overturned a key concept. For decades there was a saying among soil scientists — “everything is everywhere,” which meant that soil was largely the same across the globe. That has proved to be spectacularly untrue.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/opinio...l&_r=1&

"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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If couldn't get any more absurd


Urban farming craze begets chicken diapers
With more city folks adding small coops to their homes, the eggs are valued -- but the poop isn't.
By Aimee Picchi Mon 7:17 AM

[quqote]One big growth area is in urban poultry farming. City and suburban folks are adding small coops to their yards or rooftops, raising chickens for their eggs and as pets. Some locavore aficionados are skipping mass-produced eggs from giant producers such as Cal-Maine Foods (CALM 0.00%), the largest producer of fresh eggs in the U.S., believing that home-grown eggs are healthier.

But unlike cats and dogs, chickens aren't animals that can be potty trained. They might be fun to pick up, but getting pooped on isn't as enjoyable. Enter the chicken diaper.

A New Hampshire company called Pampered Poultry is selling small fabric diapers "for the fashion-obsessed hen." Owners can buy the $12 diapers for different size chickens (small for bantam chickens, for instance, and large for roosters and big breeds), in colors ranging from cloud blue to wine red.[/quote]
"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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Don't know how this could work, but it IS a rather novel concept
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"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5
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A few of the flowers in the yard right now

Flowers continued:

Herb Garden and Stream

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I unfortunatly didn`t make pics of the plants I rew with a friend of mine. We smoked it before we even had a chance to do that.

I`ll try to remember making some pics of the spices and tea I grow.
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You have an embarrassment of Day lilies Savanahw! Beautiful! Heart

Quote:Neil deGrasse Tyson:
"More bacteria live and work in one centimeter of my colon than the number of people who have ever existed in the world. That kind of information makes you think twice about who—or what—is actually in charge.

From that day on, I began to think of people not as the masters of space and time but as participants in a great cosmic chain of being, with a direct genetic link across species both living and extinct, extending back nearly 4 billion years to the earliest single-celled organisms on Earth.

I know what you're thinking: we're smarter than bacteria.

No doubt about it, we're smarter than every other living creature that ever walked, crawled, or slithered on Earth. But how smart is that? We cook our food. We compose poetry and music. We do art and science. We're good at math. Even if you're bad at math, you're probably much better at it than the smartest chimpanzee, whose genetic identity varies in only trifling ways from ours. Try as they might, primatologists will never get a chimpanzee to learn the multiplication table or do long division.

If small genetic differences between us and our fellow apes account for our vast difference in intelligence, maybe that difference in intelligence is not so vast after all..."

Read the rest of the article at:

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Quote:This is China's Turpan Depression, at the foot of the Bogda Mountains. It's an odd mix of salt lakes and sand
dunes, and the blue Aydingkol Lake down the bottom is 155 m below sea level, making it the third lowest place on Earth’s land surface after the Dead Sea and Africa’s Lake Assal.

Download the entire NASA ebook, 'Earth As Art', for free here: http://1.usa.gov/TqRZyR -- wit' Anish Limbu

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Quote:This is the waterwheel plant, an aquatic carnivorous plant with just 50 confirmed populations worldwide. Similar to the venus fly trap, this plant has two lobes with sensitive trigger hairs inside. When a small insect brushes past these hairs, the lobes snap shut within milliseconds, closing the prey within.

Read more: http://bit.ly/95Py3z

Image credit: Barry Rice -- wit' Steven Steve, Yunia Cheenu an' Arulappu Thavishi

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"The Universe is run by the complex interweaving of three elements: energy, matter, and enlightened self-interest." G'Kar-B5

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