Hugel bed continued

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By , December 7, 2010

In the latest Paros-Naxos life issue, I wrote about an alternative way to use wooden cuttings, instead of burning them out in the open. It is called hugelbed and it is an excellent way to recycle wood while storing carbon in your soil, enriching it with much needed moist, fungi and other beneficial microorganisms. It is argued that the rotting wood absorbs a lot of nitrogen, but I figure that we cannot afford let any precious organic matter escape us. Then we will figure out how we will enrich the created soil with nutrients…

So, here is the one I made in the Tao’s garden. I chose to make a keyhole shaped raised bed, which is very comfortable to work on, being able to access it both from the outside and on the inside, plus it is a very nice shape. I started by covering it with cardboard, I put big logs on top, then smaller branches, then weeds freshly cut from the garden around, added a bit of animal manure, and then soil to cover all this. I planted rocket and garlic and I threw some seedballs with vegetable and legume seeds inside. Last but not least, I covered everything with some semi-composted mulch I had failed to compost thoroughly and I watered from top with a sprinkler, trying to imitate rain, the rain that we are missing so much. Come by to see how it looks like in person 😉

HOME: a film for us – HOME: μια ταινία για μας

By , December 6, 2010

Tao’s Wednesday movie club is showing HOME on Wednesday 8 December at 20:00 in the Big Hall. With Greek subtitles.
Την Τετάρτη 8 Δεκεμβρίου στις 20:00 προβάλλουμε στη μεγάλη αίθουσα Tao’s την ταινία HOME. Με ελληνικούς υπότιτλους.

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because HOME is a non-profit film. HOME has been made for you: share it! And act for the planet.

Ζούμε σε εξαιρετικούς καιρούς. Οι επιστήμονες μάς λένε ότι έχουμε 10 χρόνια για να αλλάξουμε τον τρόπο που ζούμε, να αποτρέψουμε την εξάντληση των φυσικών πόρων και την καταστροφική εξέλιξη του κλίματος της Γης. Το διακύβευμα είναι υψηλό για εμάς και τα παιδιά μας. Όλοι πρέπει να συμμετέχουν στην προσπάθεια, και η ταινία HOME έχει σχεδιαστεί για να μεταφέρει ένα μήνυμα κινητοποίησης σε κάθε άνθρωπο. Για το σκοπό αυτό, το HOME πρέπει να προβάλλεται δωρεάν. Ένας αρωγός, η ομάδα PPR, μας έδωσε αυτή τη δυνατότητα. Ο διανομέας της ταινίας, η EuropaCorp, επίσης, υποσχέθηκε να μην πραγματοποιήσει κέρδη, διότι το HOME είναι μια ταινία μη κερδοσκοπική. To HOME έγινε για μας: ας το μοιραστούμε! Και ας αναλάβουμε δράση για το καλό του πλανήτη.

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