HOME & GARDEN
April 2, 2011 |
The overused term "sustainability" has nearly lost its meaning, especially when it comes to gardening. For Stephen Orr , formerly garden editor of House & Garden and Domino magazines, sustainability can be described as "conscientious landscape design," an approach that embodies locale, climate, plants, materials and community. Orr wrote his new book, "Tomorrow's Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening" [ Rodale Books ], to explore the vocabulary and visual expressions of gardens that can be sustained in the future.
September 11, 2010 |
Greenhouses once ruled the Pajaro Valley on the Central California coast, where the local cut-flower business found success worldwide. Empty nurseries now dot the area, a sign of the industry's decline. But with the help of plenty of water, Chris Newman, 58, hopes to restore the glory of greenhouses. His tactic is called aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture — fish farming — and hydroponics — growing plants in water. With the help of neighbors and his brother Tom, Newman has converted 14,000 square feet in a former rose-growing facility into a system of stream channels, gravel beds and water pipes where he hopes to soon raise fish and grow vegetables commercially.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2010 |
In a couple of hours, the boy named Jasiel would have started the second day of second grade and his parents would have gone off to the multiple jobs they worked just to get by. But with a terrible noise and a choking plume of smoke, their Santa Barbara house collapsed atop them shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday as a runaway truck finally came to a tragic halt. Buried beneath the rubble of their home and a mountain of gravel being hauled to a construction site, the effervescent 7-year-old and his parents died in the crash that demolished their small rented home at the foot of San Marcos Pass.
August 24, 2010 |
A fully loaded gravel truck careened off a highway Tuesday and crushed a house in Santa Barbara, killing a man, woman and child, authorities said. Firefighters are still searching the collapsed house on the 4100 block of State Street for a possible fourth victim, said Santa Barbara City Fire Capt. Gary Pitney. The double tractor-trailer full of gravel was traveling southbound on Highway 154 near an overpass of the 101 Freeway when it collided with four other vehicles, careening down a driveway into a house with as many as four people inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 |
Alex Chilton, the mercurial leader of the Box Tops and Big Star who burst from the Memphis music scene in 1967 singing "The Letter" in the smoke-gravel voice of a grizzled soul man even though he was just 16 at the time, has died. He was 59. Chilton was pronounced dead in the emergency room of a New Orleans hospital Wednesday after complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains, longtime friend Pat Rainer said Thursday. The cause of death has not been determined, but Rainer said Chilton's wife, Laura Kerstin, said he appeared to have suffered a heart attack.
January 31, 2010 |
The fallout from Mt. Rainier's shrinking glaciers is beginning to roll downhill, and nowhere is the impact more striking than on the volcano's west side. "This is it in spades," U.S. Park Service geologist Paul Kennard said recently, scrambling up a 10-foot-high mass of dirt and boulders bulldozed back just enough to clear the road. As receding glaciers expose crumbly slopes, vast amounts of gravel and sediment are being sluiced into the rivers that flow from the region's tallest peak.