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Blog series by bucheron consisting of 5 parts so far

Part 1: build a rain barrel

05-23-2012 03:19 PM by bucheron | 5 comments »

These are not my instructions and I have not built one of these but I thought, once you have an olive barrel (see my earlier post) you’ll want to know how to make your own rain barrel. Any prices and part numbers are from about 10 years ago, so it may have changed since ( well, it has) Source: Basic Supplies: (published in 2002)45 gallon plastic barrel (I purchased mine at Preston Hardware for $13.00)1 plumbing tap – make sure t...

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Part 2: If human animals want to live on this planet...

06-27-2012 08:41 AM by bucheron | 1 comment »

David Suzuki speaks from the Rio+20. Why Rio+20 and conferences like it are doomed to fail and what really needs to happen to ensure that humans can inhabit the planet for long term. Frankly I think we are a failed experiment and will go the way of the dinosaurs – but don’t worry about the planet – it will survive. Mr. Suzuki attended only as a babysitter for his grandson because his view is that nothing could ever come out such conferences that would make a differenc...

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Part 3: Edible wild plants of Canada/Pacific Northwest

09-04-2012 04:02 PM by bucheron | 4 comments »

Hours of fun exploring wild plants which are edible. Berries. Plants and mushrooms. This covers mostly plants of the pacific northwest and Canada but probably many plants from eastern Canada can also be found in the northeast of the US or maybe even in other parts of the world where these might be called ‘weeds’. A lot of these may already be in your yard without any effort!

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Part 4: Collecting and cooking with acorns

09-04-2012 04:10 PM by bucheron | 4 comments »

A very fine description of how to collect, process and cook with acorns

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Part 5: Grey water systems for urban settings

01-12-2013 02:18 PM by bucheron | 2 comments »

Peak Moment TV’s Janaia Donaldson interviews and visits Trathen Heckman’s home to see his greywater system in a suburban neighbourhood.Now his system is in California, so some adjustment may be necessary for colder climates, but he does talk about a diverter valve (which, in his case is under the house) which then effectively allows the choice to divert or not to divert the greywater into his outdoor filtration system and dispersal. At the moment, I don’t see how greywate...

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