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Sunday, 20 May

12:58


****** ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR COUNTY BUILDING CODE OFFICE BEFORE BUYING LAND AND PURCHASING A SHED TO CONVERT INTO A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING.

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Shed conversions seem to be gaining in popularity. Heres one of many sites to look into: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyUgMKUp8A0
Comment on YouTube from Chuck Miller: A county took the Amish to court and tried to force them to standard codes, the Amish showed hundreds of houses that blew down from high winds, burned down, etc. That Amish proved that they havent lost any houses to winds like the code houses did. The Amish won. Problem is too many people saying OK master government.

06:13

Maker to the Rescue: Peterson Neon Resurrects Makey at Maker Faire Bay Area Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

When my team from Make: broke Neon Makey on his way into our Maker Faire booth, we were grief-stricken. Plus, we didn't budget for "We broke it!" Fortunately the original maker is on the scene this weekend as an exhibitor...Can she fix it?

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04:23

Qualcomm Celebrates Three Years of DragonBoard 410c at Maker Faire With Games, an LED Helmet, and a Robot Dress Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

In May 2015 at Maker Faire Bay Area, Qualcomm unveiled the DragonBoard 410c, a powerful, diminutive single board computer aimed at bringing makers into the orbit of the semiconductor giant. Leveraging the Snapdragon processor, it offers a 64-bit quad core running at 1.2 Ghz, 8 GB of flash memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, []

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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 at all the must-see exhibits and creators. We'll be updating this post regularly throughout the weekend, so check back regularly.

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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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