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Saturday Tweets: Compressed Air, Digging Down and Orange Marmalade

Compressed air energy storage: https://t.co/Vb4IEKGScf — Root Simple (@rootsimple) May 19, 2018 U.S. cities are losing 28.5 million trees every year, the equivalent of 138,000 acres of urban forest,
Music and Math by Hand

Music and Math by Hand

One of the issues of our time that keeps me awake at night is the loss of mnemonic systems, especially ones that make use of the physical world. The more we depend on computers, especially mobile
Solve Your Measurement Problems with a Construction Calculator

Solve Your Measurement Problems with a Construction Calculator

Why did I struggle these many years with our horrible and outdated measurement system, here in the States, without knowing about the soul saving power of the construction calculator. Trying to add an
Our Week in Pictures

Our Week in Pictures

There’s too much going on at the Root Simple compound for a coherent Monday blog post. Our backyard resembles a strip mine in the aftermath of removing a poorly designed concrete patio (a concrete

Saturday Tweets: From Zines to Hedgehogs

“zines are really any folded piece of paper with information on it. it’s powerful for the community to have zines to show that their voice counts, that their voice matters” thanks @MeganPanatier for
Adam Parfrey, RIP

Adam Parfrey, RIP

Our first book, The Urban Homestead, was published by Process Media which was, at the time, a collaboration between Jodi Willie and Adam Parfrey (who founded Feral House). I was deeply saddened to
An Opening

An Opening

Let me salute those of you who live in an apartment. Your living arrangement is much better for the planet. I’ve lost count of the amount of construction debris we’ve sent to the landfill in the 20
Coppicing and Rapping

Coppicing and Rapping

The Idler magazine has a profile of woodsman Ben Law and the house he built in Prickly Nut Wood just outside of Lodsworth, West Sussex. Modeled on a Medieval hall, Law built the house, in part, of
Our New Open Floor Plan

Our New Open Floor Plan

Here at Root Simple we specialize in backpedalling, flip-flopping and outright hypocrisy. Within a few months of some big critique or pronouncement you can guarantee that I’ll be doing the very thing

Saturday Tweets: Lyme Disease, Unuselessness and a Plum Mystery

10 Self-Propogating Herbs and Flowers That Take Over My Garden Every Spring https://t.co/CVYTSAomDL via @nwedible — Root Simple (@rootsimple) May 5, 2018 The New Look for Gardeners Freaked out about
J’ai supprimé mon compte Facebook

J’ai supprimé mon compte Facebook

Root Simple reader Helene Jutras translated my blog post, “I Deleted My Facebook Account,” into Québec French on her blog Les Campagnonades. Helene, a.k.a. La Campagnarde (the countrywoman) is a

Garden Fork on Raised Beds

Keeping with the raised bed theme this week, Eric of GardenFork just did a video about redoing some basic raised beds. In the video he covers the different types of angle brackets you can use to
How to Make a Hexagonal Raised Bed

How to Make a Hexagonal Raised Bed

Bloggers such as myself sometimes have the tendency to put up a post with the promise of “detailed instructions to follow” and then, lacking the oversight of an editor, somehow never get around to

Saturday Tweets: Tanning Fish, Trees and Dealing with Medieval Mansplainers

What makes a designed plant community different? (And why does it matter?) Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, authors of Planting in a Post-Wild World, have the answers: https://t.co/gLmaXxkUj9
Does Facebook Actually Work for Promoting a Small Business or Non-Profit?

Does Facebook Actually Work for Promoting a Small Business or Non-Profit?

One last comment on Facebook and then we’ll move on to more pressing problems like growing tomatoes and keeping the squirrels off the peaches. My favorite podcaster, who goes by the initials KMO,

117 Raw Milk with David Gumpert

On this episode of the podcast (much delated due to home construction projects) we talk to journalist and author David Gumpert about the controversies surrounding raw milk. David was a staff reporter
I Deleted my Facebook Account

I Deleted my Facebook Account

I can’t remember where I heard this, but I really like the interpretation of the hellish upside down world in the Netflix series Stranger Things as a stand in for the internet. As in the upside down

Saturday Tweets: LA’s Grim Streets, Being the Change and More Medieval Marginalia

At some point, Vision Zero has to become more than yet another PR campaign designed to make him look like he's ready to president: Garcetti backpedals, proposes more modest increase in VZ funding

How to Size a Breakfast Nook Table

There exists a long list of bedeviling problems outside the short attention span of our mainstream cultural gatekeepers who busy themselves with such frivolities as “how do we get to mars?” and
Lessons from the 2018 Theodore Payne Garden Tour

Lessons from the 2018 Theodore Payne Garden Tour

The gardening equivalent of Beyoncé’s triumphant 2018 Coachella performance took place on the very same weekend. Theodore Payne’s annual garden tour reunited pollinator friendly plantings, low water