Monthly Archives: April 2009

Energy Efficiency – Myth Busting

I recently came across a new/old article concerning the common myths about energy efficient building construction, renovating for energy efficiency and home maintenance for energy efficiency. The article was written by Martin Holladay (Editor, Energy Design Update) and appeared in … Continue reading

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Green Buildings – What are they?

In the past few years green building or green construction has become a much examined topic, rejected (in practicality) by many, embraced (in action) by few (most everyone talks “green”, fewer do it). It carries an unnecessary association with “elitism” … Continue reading

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Passiflora edulis – Passion Fruit Vine

On our road to self-sufficiency we acquired a few tropical fruit plants at the 2007 rare plant sale in Palmetto (see Manatee Rare Fruit Council for the news concerning their annual sale). Among them was a passion fruit vine – … Continue reading

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Backyard Beekeeping – Conservo Mellis Urbanus

Our foray into urban beekeeping has begun in full earnest with the arrival, swap and inspection of our Carniolan hives. We do like our girls. The excitement began in December (2008) when we learned that we were allowed to keep … Continue reading

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