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J. Larson
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Hello Everyone.
My name is Josh Larson.  Just to sum up a few things about me I am a bike riding, garden growing, bow making, book reading, animal loving, frugal environmentalist.  While that only scratches the surface that is the basics of who I am.  I hope you enjoy and find useful or enlightening any of the articles that I put on here and that you will let know if you have any questions for me or about any of the content.  

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Environment
by J. Larson
2 years ago
What is Permaculture Landscaping

Instead of agriculture we should be doing permaculture. Permaculture is system of growing things that relies on natural patterns, perennials planting and good design.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
2 years ago
Gas or Electric- Which Is The Greener Choice For Lawn Care

With the advent of more powerful batteries and tools that use them the average homeowner is now confronted with the choice between electric and gasoline yard care tools. To make this decision easier I have assembled some facts about the two power sources and I will leave it up to which you want to use.

Entertainment
by J. Larson
2 years ago
The Remaining By DJ Molles-A Review

Not just another take on the zombie apocalypse The Remaining takes takes stark look at a world gone mad from a terrible disease that destroys the human brain and takes all semblance of the modern human with it. What the disease leaves behind is something maddened by hunger and uncaring of death. They will do what it takes to take their prey down and consume it. Into this world enters our hero of the story a Captain of the US. Army tasked with trying to bring order to a world gone mad.

Environment
by J. Larson
2 years ago
The Death Of The Banana

There is a global problem in the making right now that most people are not even aware of. The beloved banana that you find on grocery store shelves around the world is under threat from a unstoppable fungus that has swept through large portion of the banana growing regions. This fungus is so far untreatable and we haven't yet found any means of stopping its spread.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
2 Easy Soil Tests For The Home Garden

When starting a new garden it pays to run a few tests on the soil to find out what percentages of sand, silt and clay you have in the ground. It will tell you a lot about what you can plant and what kind of amendments you may need to add to the soil to make it garden ready. There are two easy tests you can use to find out what kind of soil you have.

Environment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Disappearing Farmland: An American Tragedy

Did you know we are suffering a quiet tragedy in this country. This tragedy is not one you hear about in the news or read in the paper. But this tragedy is one that has the potential to alter a very fundamental aspect of our lives. If we don't stop polluting, paving over and eroding the worlds best farm lands sooner than we think, we could be suffering from a famine of our own making.

Environment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
How To Create A No Trash Lifestyle

Building a no trash lifestyle is a daunting prospect in today's modern use it and throw it away society. You will face strong opinions ,weird looks and it may actually prevent you from participating in some aspects of society. But if you are environmentally conscious person and you don't like the fact we are throwing away 251 million tons of trash a year in this country you may not give a crap what others think. If that's true then congrats and welcome to a subset of society of does its best to live a trash free life.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Building a Underground Greenhouse

A underground greenhouse or Walipini is basically exactly what it sounds like. It is a greenhouse that is buried into the ground to take advantage of the natural warmth found in the soil of the Earth. Depending on how you approach the build, a underground greenhouse can either be very cheap and easy to build or insanely complicated and expensive. What I will cover will be some basic tenets of building an underground greenhouse and it will be up to you to figure out the fine details yourself.

Environment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
The Dirty Secret of Landfills

Out of sight out of mind is the saying that comes to mind when you think about how we handle our waste in this country. You tie the trash bag close and throw it in the dumpster and that's it right. Well not so much, the landfills of this country are repositories of all things dirty and gross and some of that stuff sits around for a long time. So long in fact the person that trashed them is in their grave and what they left behind is still causing harm to the environment.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
3 Reasons Why You Should Tear Up Your Front Lawn

The front lawn despite its long and dignified history in the American culture has come to a crossroads in its existence. With the growing environmental movement and cost of maintenance the perfect manicured lawn has become something of a dinosaur in our modern culture. But there is stigma with not maintaining a lawn and it can be difficult for people to get past that even if they want to. But there are lots of good reason why you should consider tearing up the front lawn and what follows are 3 of them.

Entertainment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Avatar: The Last Airbender A Review

If you have never heard of Avatar and no I don't mean the James Cameron flick then I am both appalled and not really surprised. The television series originally made for children and aired on Nickelodeon has had a rocky history of potential cancellations and long breaks between seasons that made many fans doubt it would return. But it always did you much applause and joy to its fans around the world. Built on a great foundation of storytelling and intriguing characters Avatar the Last Airbender is a must for children and adults.

History
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Happy 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act of 1964

The year is 2014 and what you probably don't know is this year is the 50th anniversary of a critical piece of legislation that has defined land management in the US for half a century. The Wilderness Act took land that was of special and sensitive nature and placed it in the most highly protected status that land can have in the United States. In a decade filled with important legislation the Wilderness Act took a backseat to heavy hitters like the Clean Air and Water Quality Act buts it legacy is not to be denied it gave us a "enduring resource of wilderness..."

Environment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Peak Phosphorus: The End of Industrial Agriculture

Phosphorus is one of the three main nutrients used today in modern industrial agriculture. Along with nitrogen and potassium the use of massive amounts of phosphorus is the main driver behind the green revolution that has shaped agriculture since the 1960's. Without the massive inputs of fertilizers America and other industrial agriculture powers could not produce the amounts that they do. The problem is phosphorus is relatively rare and according to leading researchers in the subject we could be running out in a little as 30-40 years from now.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Ways To Use Fall Leaves Around The Home

So here we are at the end of another summer and the fall season is in full swing across the country. With fall comes the final harvest, cool temperatures, and beautiful fall foliage to look at. But it also brings cold rains cleaning up the garden and raking of the leaves when they are done falling from the trees. Every year homeowners or renters like myself wonder what to do with the bags of leaves that get raked up every fall. Read on to discover a few quick ways you can use those leaves around the house rather than sending them away.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
3 Benefits of No-Till Garden Planting

No Till is a method of gardening that utilizes none to minimal cultivation, heavy mulching and the use of cover crops to produces a loose fertile soil with minimal effort on your part. When done correctly No Till gardening can improve yields, reduce labor and manage weeds and pests without chemicals or heavy cultivation.

Entertainment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Old Mans War By John Scalzi: A Review

If you read the Old Mans War you will be immersed in a well written and provocative universe filled with intriguing characters and social dynamics. Follow along with the main character as he is thrust into a war and a universe far beyond his imagination full of aliens and a gigantic clash for resources in a very crowded galaxy. But all is not as it seems in this war he fights, will the our hero discover the truth in time or will he die in the attempt.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Companion Planting For Your Cucumbers

Everyone's favorite vegetable is a toss-up between tomatoes and cucumbers. I have to fall on the side of the cucumber as it is great fresh, cooked and as pickles. Cucumbers scientific name is Cucumis sativus and belong to the melon family so they share traits with watermelon, squashes and cantaloupe. Cucumbers can be paired with some unusual suspects as well as some more expected ones.

Entertainment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Newflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant A Review

Welcome to the world 26 years past when it should have ended. Mira Grant pulls you right down into the blood, guts and witty remarks that ensue in world after the dead come back to life and decide you look like lunch. This world is created by a Kellis-Amberlee virus a accidental combination of two different strains. One was designed to cure cancer the other to do away with the common cold. The good news is that the viruses do exactly what they are designed to do no one suffers from cancer and goodbye tissue paper because you will have the sniffles no more. But when you die or are exposed to the virus in its active state crash bang boom your a zombie and now someone is going to have to shoot you. Not only does the virus affect humans but all other forms of mammal as well. So not only do you have human zombies but also lions, tigers and bears (oh my) but lets not forget the moose, deer, big dogs, farm animals, you are starting to get the idea right. Welcome to a brave new scary as hell world where everything is trying to kill you.

Entertainment
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Last Light By Alex Scarrow: A Review

We currently live in one of the most prosperous times in all of human history. This wealth and "happiness" was made possible by oil and everything we can do with it. From toothbrushes to the tires on you car oil is a part of your life. The central question of the Last Light is could you survive without oil and everything made from it.

Home & Garden
by J. Larson
3 years ago
Building a Cold Frame Greenhouse

A cold frame is a season extension technique used to start and protect early season crops and extend your productive time in the garden. They are simple to build and can be made from many different materials including brick, lumber, straw bales, stone with a glazing of plastic or glass. What I will be covering in this article is building one using plywood and and lumber to build a effective and and strong cold frame.

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