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    thanks for all you do, theotherside, especially for the courage to circle the White House, an action which I think gad a HUGE impact.

    As far as the local composting, that's a really good question and someone else asked it further downthread. While it's never a bad idea to start composting in your own gardens and plots, I'm not sure how much of an impact it would have regarding CO2 sequestration. I will ask Bob and Paul that question, and reply to this thread once I get an answer. So please check back in tomorrow or the next few days.

    Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel

    by citisven on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:24:13 PM PDT

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    •  Minimizing waste is almost always a good thing (20+ / 0-)

      provided you don't use a lot of time or energy on a small amount of waste. Encouraging clover to provide nitrogen to your lawn instead of using fertilizer saves a lot of carbon and helps keep local ponds from nitrifying. That's the thing he's doing that's probably having the most impact. Slowly growing lawns need to be mowed less so you waste less fuel mowing them too. Dark green lawns are a sign of excess and waste.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 06:01:49 PM PDT

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      •  Our lawns are mostly brown and (1+ / 0-)
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        are very sparse.  We pay nearly $300 a month in HOA fees and what we have is dead or dying brown grass.  There is no irrigation system and while I don't think that Northern Virginia is technically in a drought situation our rain has been very spotty and, needless to say, it has been a hot summer.

        Ours is a new community and was built on a former wooded area.  The soil is therefore not very good and I think that the solution would be to build up the nutrient base (community composting) and to better use the rainfall (community catch water system).   But I'm just a guy reading the internet and don't have the SME knowledge.

        We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

        by theotherside on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 06:15:05 PM PDT

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