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“One Hour One Life”, Soil Depletion, and the Development of Agriculture

“One Hour One Life”, Soil Depletion, and the Development of Agriculture

*This article was written for One Hour One Life version 76. Tech and balance updates are released weekly. Introduction: Building Society One Life at a Time I recently have gotten really into an independent computer game titled “One Hour One Life” after reading a Vice article about the unique, experimental game. One Hour One Life is a game of survival and parenting. At it’s heart, it is a multiplayer crafting game which focuses on building a civilization. The unique feature…

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Musings on a Short Winter

Musings on a Short Winter

I know, I know, it’s too early to call it. There will certainly be much more bad weather. But it seems to me that the chances for a severe Winter are past. We had our cold snap in December and since then this is the first day with real snow on the ground in 10 or so days, and it’s getting rained off right away. As the days get longer, the chances for consistent cold weather go down, and I…

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Some Recent Before and After Pics

Some Recent Before and After Pics

I have actually remembered to take some pictures of work that I have done. I think what appeals to me so much about decorative gardens as work is the feeling of creating order out of chaos. Which is why my favorite place to work is in well designed, but majorly overgrown gardens. Unfortunately I am not the best photographer, and am bad at remembering to stand in the exact same place. It’s not entirely my fault, the sun makes it…

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Books: Farmers of Forty Centuries

Books: Farmers of Forty Centuries

“The great movement of cargoes of feeding stuffs and mineral fertilizers to western Europe and to the eastern United States began less than a century ago and has never been possible as a means of maintaining soil fertility in China, Korea, or Japan, nor can it be continued indefinitely in either Europe or America. These importations are for the time making tolerable the waste of plant food materials through our modern system of sewage disposal and other faulty practices; but…

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“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

“Can American Soil be Brought Back to Life?”

When North America was first settled there was rich, thick, virgin soil all the way from the Eastern seaboard through the Great Plains. This incredible fertility was a major driving factor in the country’s unprecedented economic growth. However, the soil has been taken for granted, plowed, shredded up, worn out, washed away, and covered in chemicals- left as little more than a sterile growth medium. When the famous Dust Bowl took place much of the damage had happened in just…

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Gardening Update

Gardening Update

The gardening page has been updated and mostly filled out! Check it out here: Gardening Bear in mind it needs some touching up both in terms of editing and appearance. Using wordpress in a browser is one of the worst things ever. I’m pretty sure I’ll kill myself before this blog is successful if I don’t find a way to make it work better!

Hugelkultur page updated

Hugelkultur page updated

I finally managed to fill out my Hugelkultur page. Check it out: Hugelkultur – Ground and Fury Also, some visual changes are being made to this site, so bear with me, this remains incompete!