Monthly Archives: November 2015

Learning to Garden (9) – Two cookbooks

It’s winter, so some tidying up and scooping fallen leaves into the composter is all that can be done without crushing the damp grass or turning the beds into puddles of mud.  I ate the last fresh tomato yesterday and … Continue reading

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Economics and Edwardian Carpentry

As I have worked on my house I have become aware of the difference between the nature of the work of the original builders and modern practices.  In some places the the evolution of a methods is visible.  Some of … Continue reading

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Doris – A thought experiment in progress (2) – Energy Delivery

Doris is a computer simulation designed to explore the use of sustainable energy by a typical household. The post which describes the background to the project, also contains links to related posts. Doris – A thought experiment in progress (1) … Continue reading

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Learning to Garden (7) – I grew gumbo

The contents of our vegetables basket is not the same as that of our parents and our children have found their own more diverse tastes.  The recipes we inherited from our mothers are “meat and potatoes” sometimes accompanies by carrots, … Continue reading

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During the summer I spent a few hours each week dumping rubble using by bicycle as a wheel barrow, this bizarre activity was an opportunity to think beautiful thoughts and contemplate the contents of a dumpster.  I was was surprised … Continue reading

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Learning to Garden (4) – Walls and Roots

Our home is located on the western slope of an suburban valley where we are sheltered from the prevailing winds.  The garden is a little larger than the average for the area, in part this is due to the slope … Continue reading

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Learning to garden (3) – The Garlic Project

A few years back a family member bought a pack of garlic, after I had used half, it was pointed out to me that they were seed garlic and should be planted not eaten.  The two remaining bulbs were split … Continue reading

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