Landerholmstead Landscape Design Services

Now that we have acquired our WA State Business License, we are proud to launch our Landscape Design Services for the greater Seattle area!

We specialize in sustainable, permaculture designs that take advantage of your property’s existing elements and challenges. Our designers are unpaid volunteers, allowing us to maintain inexpensive rates. We are Licensed, Insured, and qualified.

We are offering discounted rates to our first 10 customers,
and we would love to work with you!

Please Contact Us today to schedule a Consultation. You can view Rates and Packages for more information.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2018

 

Climate Change: Why We Care

The Landerholmstead’s main purpose is to provide self-sufficient, sustainable housing communities for people in need. Our dream is to design a site where crops and livestock are in abundance, where the soil is fertile, and the people who live on it have access to healthy, clean food and water.

climate-3But there’s one thing that can make it a lot harder for us to achieve these goals in the future: the imminent threat of climate change.

To say that climate change isn’t as bad as people make it out to be, or even that it’s a hoax, is a dangerous and irresponsible way of thinking. Our world is heating up each and every month and each heat record will break the one that precedes it. The arctic region just saw its second-lowest summer ice levels ever recorded. These things are happening right before our eyes.

Some more facts:

  • The world just passed its threshold for CO2 emissions – over 400 PPM – and it’s likely we’ll never see emissions below that in our lifetime.
  • Methane and ethane emissions by oil and gas have had a dramatic increase since fracking (hydraulic fracturing) became a popular way to obtain gas. These emissions negatively affect air quality and can destabilize the climate.
  • The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is actually allowing oil and gas companies to dump their fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Oil pipelines are leaking into our water.
  • Experts say the world only has 17 years to transition to renewable energy before we start to see devastating effects.

These are just some of the many consequences we have brought on by allowing oil and gas companies to continue their harmful practices. Climate change is a scary, real and persistent threat that we, and only we, can interrupt. While our presidential nominees either promote dangerous practices like fracking or even deny climate change altogether,climate-2 we have to take action at a local level. Vote into office people who care about our world and our environment; call your local politicians and voice your concerns about your environment and ask them to oppose fracking and other destructive operations; condemn the fossil fuel companies and demand a transition to clean, renewable energy; stand with our brothers and sisters fighting to stop dangerous pipelines, like those brave people protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline; raise your voice when you hear someone say climate change isn’t a threat; even sign that Facebook petition you see people share.

If each and every one of us commits to a healthier, safer world, we can reverse climate change and save our planet for generations to come.

We depend on nature. We need nature to survive. The Landerholmstead cannot and will not thrive with a contaminated and damaged Mother Earth. We need not only to care about climate change; we need to act on it.

And we need to start now.


© THE LANDERHOLMSTEAD, 2016.

Vermicomposting: Instructions for a DIY Upcycled Worm Bin Composter

Hello and welcome to the Landerholmstead!

We are excited to tell our story and share instructions for DIY projects as we experiment on the road to self sufficiency.

So first things first: Composting!

Hopefully you already know the value of compost, but if not, check out 5 Reasons Why Composting is the Greenest Thing You Can Do.

There are numerous ways you can compost, but today we’re focusing on vermicomposting: using red wiggler worms to break down organic matter into nutrient dense worm castings – yes, worm poop.

Planet Natural refers to worm castings as a “Plant Superfood”, and explains how vermicomposting “refines” your composted materials, reducing “nutrients, including minerals… to their most usable form.”

Although castings are incredibly nutrient dense, they cannot damage your plants with chemical burns (like many on-the-market fertilizers) because they are coated in a mucus that causes nutrients to slowly leach into the soil. This also means their effects will last much longer than chemical or other fertilizers!

Additionally, worms are being researched for their ability to detoxify soil, meaning you may not have to restrict what organic materials are added to your composter: your worms remove toxins and make it safe for garden use!

And one extra bonus – worm castings are odorless! So no matter how many stinky things you put into it, the final product won’t affect the smell of your landscaping.

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Now, what do you need to get started??

Supplies:

    • Plastic bin, any size. Size will only affect how much you can compost at once.
      • Great way to upcycle unused and space-consuming storage boxes!
    • Drill + large drill bit
    • Red Wiggler Worms <— purchase here and you’re supporting our blog and homestead! (Read how)
    • Handful of soil
    • Newspaper, shredded in strips
    • Compostable materials (Produce scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, yard waste, lawn trimmings, etc.)
    • Cardboard – optional
    • Helper dog – also optional

 

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drill-10-20-holes-in-the-bottom-of-the-storage-container-diy-worm-bin-instructions-via-everything-needs-cheeseSteps:

  1. Drill alternating holes in the bottom of the bin. (These give the worms an escape-route in case of too much or too little heat, water, or food. Don’t worry, as long as you keep adding food to the top, the worms will keep coming back for food. This just ensures their survivability!)
    • We started with 10 holes in our approximately 12″ x 18″ x 12″ bin. After later observing standing liquid in the bottom of the bin, we increased their size and added 4 more for a total of 14.
  2. Add a handful or two of soil, just enough to cover the bottom of the bin.
    • Any soil will do for this, no need to purchase a specific type. Grab a handful from your yard and you’re good to go!
  3. Top the dirt with your Red Wigglers.
  4. Carefully add your initial compostable materials
    • Your worms will require semi-regular feeding. The more food you add, the more they will reproduce, and vice versa. For this reason, make it easy for yourself! If you know you’ll dump the day’s end food scraps in their every evening, great! Just be consistent and monitor the levels of food to worms, worms to food.
  5. Finish with a layer of newspaper and cardboard, if using.
    • If you live in an area with seasonal fruit fly problems, load up on this top layer!

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This post was originally on one of our sister sites: Everything Needs Cheese, which will exclusively share food-related posts henceforth.

Please comment below if you’ve tried this or other composting methods! 🙂


© The Landerholmstead, 2016.