A Short and Snappy Guide to Windbreaks

Why establish windbreaks? Because they: — allow gardens to grow without being beaten to death, — slow erosion, — increase pasture and production, — reduce stock losses, — protect plants, — habitat for wildlife and insects, — manage snow, — can provide fodder, food crops, timber or fuel, — improve work conditions. Windbreak components Height, […]

Living architecture – amazing plant pictures

“Plants are amazing: they provide food, air, medicine, and material with which we can create buildings, furniture, and art. But through an ancient yet obscure craft, still-living plants can themselves be turned into bridges, tables, ladders, chairs, works of art, and even buildings. Known variously as botanical architecture, tree sculpture, tree-shaping, tree-grafting, pooktre, arborsculpture, and […]

Clumping Bamboo

I’m quite the fan of bamboo. It’s incredible stuff. Bamboos are the fastest growing woody plants in the world. One of the more common bamboos (Gigantea) has a tensile strength twice that of steel. Different species are used in construction, ornamental, for medicine, for food, for torture – unbelievably useful. I also love how the […]

Greensulate – Insulation from Mushrooms

In the very cool but very warm plant product category this week, we have Greensulate – a low-cost, rigid insulating board made from mushroom spores. “The insulation is created by pouring a mixture of insulating particles, hydrogen peroxide, starch, and water into a panel mold. Mushroom cells are then injected into the mold, where they […]