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Sustainable Gardening with Self Sowing Plants

Here’s an idea! Plant your garden in with plants that self sow. This will save you money on seeds, on the time spent replanting and make the entire process sustainable over the long term. I am sure you are asking yourself, what plants are these and are they worth planting? Well, I think you’d be surprised to find that many of them are desirable plants, both perennial and annual, and lots of them are flowers. Also among the numbers are herbs and wildflowers, both not only contributory to the beauty and aroma of your garden space but also an addition to your culinary selections. Some of them are used in remedies I have written about on this blog.

The easy propagation of these plants are what make them so magical. Plant it and nurture once only and a new crop of seedlings appear year after year, every single spring, without much more help from you. A lazy gardeners dream! Most of them need some nurturing after first planting, including watering, mulching, weeding and watching for bugs. But once they are in place their part of the garden morphs in a way, becoming a perfect bed for future generations. Oh, joy!

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Solar Roofing Materials

I got this information from The Technology Review at MIT. According to the Review, United Solar Ovonic of Auburn Hills, MI, has teamed with a major roofing company to create a metal roof system that generates electricity from sunlight. This is an effort to promote the widespread adoption of solar technology based upon a theory that integrating solar cells into building materials could make solar power more attractive to homeowners.

The partnership between Solar Ovonic and the roofing company already offers seven different prefabricated systems, ranging in capacity from 3 to 120 kilowatts. Tests show that the solar roof panels are rugged and can withstand winds in excess of 160 miles per hour. This article and the information in it gave me real reason to believe that solar power is possible for most of us and may actually be right around the corner!

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Plans For A Renewable Home

I found this interesting item on : Weird and Interesting .

Have you always imagined “green homes” to be tiny, wooden and plain? Or perhaps you thought of them as being one giant black window or a flat box with a lot of panels on the roof? So far, these misconceptions have a lot of people groaning over an energy future which has all living like George Jetson. But wait until you see some of the modern green constructions. These builders are going green in such a grand way that they are starting put the traditional and not-so-green structures to shame. Did you know that sky scrapers and homes across our planet are coming out green and architecturally brilliant at the same time? You can just call it “planetary bling”!

Bill Dunster’s ZedFactory has unveiled plans for a luxury eco-home in an area of outstanding natural beauty outside Bath. The 700sq m Bath Springs building, which is in the planning stage will also serve as a family home for local businessman Andrew Mercer. This gorgeous conceptual building will be built into a steep south-facing slope. It makes use of insulation, orientation, thermal mass and earth sheltering to minimize energy consumption. And it’s nothing like the pre-fabs or the domes you’ve seen and not liked a lot thus far.

This home will not be a tiny one and will be spread over four floors. It will be made of a laminated timber frame, Bath stone retaining walls, and thermally massive floors made of terracotta. It will also include a super-insulated passive solar facade, integrated solar hot water panels, low-flush toilets and low-energy domestic appliances, rainwater storage, solar electric panels, a wood-pellet boiler, wind turbine and wind cowls to passively ventilate the building. Whew! Now, that’s a mouthful! But the most stunning aspect of the structure is that it will generate more renewable energy during it’s anticipated life than will be used in the original building of it and event to sustain its subsequent occupants. This is a truly wonderful development. Now we can go green and still live in style! Imagine that.

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