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Saturday, 19 May

14:21

Davids Forest Garden in Cambodia

A reader asked me for advice about starting a forest garden in Cambodia.

A reader asked me for advice about starting a forest garden in Cambodia.


Dear Dr. Geiger, Ive really enjoyed your naturalhomesteader videos on YouTube! Thank you for making and sharing them!

My name is David. Ive lived and worked in northwestern Cambodia since 2006. About a year and a half ago my wife and I bought 1-hectare piece of land. The land is similar to yours being surrounded by rice fields. Our soil appears similar to yours in Thailand as well. Like you, we raised our land about a meter, but we used soil coming from the three irrigation ponds weve dug in the last year.

The reason I am writing to you is to inquire about large fruit tree planting (farm scale) in poor draining and infertile soils. We have a 20mx53m piece of land that we would like to make a food forest on. Do you have any advice for planting fruit trees on highly degraded land with poor drainage?
Sincerely, David

Owen: In Thailand, theres lots of info but most is in Thai. One good way to learn is researching online search individual topics like Jeff Lawtons compost method, best tree planting methods, pruning, Korean natural farming, etc.

You might want to visit the Asian Institute of Technology, a major university near Bangkok, Thailand that teaches all courses in English. They must have a good library with lots of books in English. The main keywords to search for are Mixed Agro Forestry. This is the Thai term for forest gardening.

Our first forest garden uses wide beds. Then we switched to mixed agro forestry and thats when the light bulbs in my mind turned on. The new garden consists of 2-meter wide beds with wide swales/pathways between. For a farm size operation the process is much like planting rows of corn, etc. You could use the same trees and plants that worked well in our first garden, but now theyre organized in orderly rows on raised beds with swales in between wide enough for wheelbarrowing compost, mulch, harvesting, etc. In our case, the work has progressed 100x more efficiently with the help of a tractor and an old farmer. (More details in these old bl...

07:31

Live Updates From Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Maker Faire Bay Area is here! Get a sneak peek today at all the must-see exhibits and makers. We'll be updating this post regularly throughout the weekend, so check back soon.

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03:02

Exploratorium After Dark Offers a Sneak Peek of Maker Faire Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

At SF's weekly nerdfest, Exploratorium After Dark, we got a preview of nine great makers and their exhibits that you'll see this weekend at Maker Faire Bay Area.

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02:00

Glass Artist Bryony Lane + Best of the Web Design*Sponge

Glass Artist Byrony Lane + Best of the Web | Design*Sponge

Stained glass is so interesting to me. I toured a really stunning Basilica a few years ago with the most incredible stained glass. The guide explained that the stained glass wasnt just for beauty but that each window told a different story in hopes that it would inspire anyone who walked into the sanctuary. The time and artistry behind each window was breathtaking. It gave me a newfound appreciation for an art form that I had mostly forgotten about.

When I think of stained glass, I tend to picture centuries-old cathedrals or Tiffany lamps, but the medium has a place in modern-day design. A few years ago, Bryony Lane, an artist living in Cornwall, England, left her career as a graphic designer to retrain as a glass artist. She works from her studio in the coastal town of Falmouth. Bryonys graphic design background has merged beautifully with her glass work. Her pieces are bright and minimal. Most of Bryonys works depict botanical, landscape and abstract designs. The way her pieces illuminate and reflect when light streams through is captivating and makes me want to have them in my home to enjoy daily. Lauren

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00:00

Life & Business Profile: Jan van der Lande of Kikkerland Design*Sponge


Some of my favorite gifts and products over the years have come from Kikkerland. Think cat butt magnets (a best seller), solar powered waving garden gnomes and multi-species nail clippers. I recently caught up with Jan van der Lande, the man behind the cheeky design company. Jan started his company back in the early 1990s on a houseboat in NYC and delivered his orders by bicycle a nod to his former life in Holland, where hes originally from. Jan shared a little bit of his own history and how he came to be a master of quirk and of a thriving design business. I hope you enjoy his take on business as much as I did!  Caitlin

Why did you decide to start your own thing, versus working for someone else?

I studied environmental engineering and was working at NYC DEP for 3 years and I did not particularly like it. It was always my dream to be my own boss.

Can you remember when you first learned about your field of work? How did you discover what it was, and how did you know it was what you wanted to do?

I came into this field through a friend in Amsterdam who was making vases. I quit my job to sell his vases in NYC. He introduced me to other self-producing designers. I learned about design by interviewing each des...

Friday, 18 May

23:00

Dance with this Skeleton Puppet at Maker Faire Bay Area Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

If you're planning on going to Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend, you might run into Hiroaki Suzuki and his robotic skeleton puppet.

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09:25

This is What 13 Years of Permaculture in Ireland Looks Like!


Colette ONeill is an author and founder of The Bealtaine Project, bringing Goddess Permaculture into universal awareness, as we struggle to care for our Mother Earth. Colette weaves this passion for the Great Mother into all of her work, writing about, photographing and filming Mother Earth in all her seasonal joy and beauty.

If you would like to see over 15,000 photographs of Bealtaine Cottage, read over 1,000 blogs, then go to the Bealtaine Cottage website.

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Wow, so incredibly beautiful. Surely this is one of the best permaculture projects out there. Search our blog for previous stories about Bealtaine Cottage. This is her best ever tour and so I just had to share it.

The post This is What 13 Years of Permaculture in Ireland Looks Like! appeared first on Natural Building Blog.

05:48

Turning an iPhone into a USB Flash Drive? Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Watch an extended exercise in frustration eventually reveal the true rewards of hardware hacking.

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04:54

The next chapter Funky Junk Interiors

cabin getaway in front of Cultus Lake, BC CanadaHello from the lake! As youve likely noticed, this little ol blog had become quieter the past little while. My time and energy simply took top priority to other things. We all have our stories, so I know you get this. I promised myself that once I reached a certain achievement, Id start to be []

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02:00

Launching Your Online Business: What To Do (and Know) Before You Launch! Design*Sponge

All month were partnering with Weebly to share a series on getting your online business off the ground and running! One of the questions I hear most from people these days is how they can turn their ideas into real-life businesses and what they should know beforehand. So after talking about inspiration last week, today were focusing on what you need to know before you get started to help set your business up for longterm success. These tips, techniques and tools will help your business build a strong foundation, avoid costly (and avoidable) missteps, and make a plan that allows your business to grow organically and with intention.

Today Im talking with jewelry designer and Weebly customer Candice Cox of CanDid Art to get her perspective on whats most important to know before launching any online business.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Weebly who gives creative entrepreneurs the tools and support to build + grow their website or online store. Use Weebly as a resource along the way to build your brand and business....

00:00

The Art of Collecting: Ann Wood of Woodlucker Design*Sponge

Collecting with Ann Wood of Woolucker for Design*Sponge

Collecting with Ann Wood of Woolucker for Design*Sponge

Ann Wood has spent most of her life arranging and curating her many collections. When she was only 12 years old, her mom painted her bedroom floor to ceiling with a bright white paint, handed Ann her own set of paints and told her to create what she wanted to see on the walls. Each weekend, Ann would spend hours lining her shelving unit with painted flowers, and she would paint birds on the ceiling and animals and figures all over the walls of the room. That really gave me permission to think big, Ann says. For your mom to let you paint on the walls was the ultimate freedom, and the ultimate confidence that you would do something marvelous.

Ann has not stopped collecting, curating, or arranging since then. Quite the opposite, as shes made the art of collecting her lifes work. Ann grew up on a farm in Iowa, surrounded by nature, plants and gardens. She now sees her Minnesota backyard garden as an extension of her grouped collections, for which she has many. She collects everything from Italian glass ornaments to vintage coats to miniature ceramics. Each spring her garden space takes on a new form of collecting and arranging, where she spends time reconfiguring this living collection. Much like what she does in her own art work, she studies one plant at a tim...

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