Category Archives: water

Drainage and digging

We have been making a new raised bed on the lawn for soft fruit bushes. The lawn been there for many decades so is very compacted. During the heavy rain earlier the year the area flooded and we did not want fruit bushes sitting in water.

The first stage was to remove the turf followed by a gentle forking over of the soil. I know we are no-dig gardeners but looking at the soil under the grass convinced us it needed loosening.

The videos below show a simple drainage test. The first is on the compacted soil just after the turf was removed. The water puddles and takes a few seconds to drain away. The second video shows the improved drainage after forking, the water disappears almost immediately the flow is stopped.

 

Soil and CO2

This is by far the best explanation of soil sequestration (storage) of CO2 in soil that I have seen. I cannot understand why farmers, gardeners and governments are not jumping on this as a way to help to drastically reduce atmospheric CO2.

Get the PDF here

Industrial agriculture-extraction industry

“Mega-sized farming encourages practices that degrade the soil, waste fertilizer and mishandle manure, all of which directly increase emissions of greenhouse gases. At the same time, it discourages practices like “no-till” farming and crop rotation that grab carbon dioxide from the air, store it in the soil and improve soil health.”

Low tech water saving toilet

Saw a tweet today from “Environmental technology” about waterless toilets being the way to save water “… the answer to conserving the most precious resource on our planet – water. Nicknamed the Nano-Membrane Toilet, this completely waterless unit separates waste out into solid and liquid, before recycling and disposing of it effectively.”

In 2008 we had a composting toilet at the allotment, a box with a toilet seat and a bucket underneath. The instructions were simple: 1. make a deposit, 2. cover with sawdust 3. close the lid. When the bucket was full the contents were composted. There was no smell and no flies. I would gladly have one in the house!