Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have not done anything in the field other than we got out and soil tested one day. The cover crops are starting to green up again and we can see them out there where they were thin. They are moving in the right direction.The first warm spell they looked like they were coming on and greening up and then it turned cold and everything was brown out there. It looked like they went dormant a second time but now they are coming back.We aren’t really concerned about the weather at this point. If we can get into the fields in April that is a bonus. I know we are not supposed to look at it that way from a yield standpoint, but the way the weather patterns usually work in our area we’re lucky if we can get much done in the last week of April as far as planting anyway.There are some guys around here who have gotten some fieldwork done earlier in the year and they are feeling good about that. They got out in that first drier spell and got things leveled out and other things. We didn’t have those types of things to do so we weren’t out there.We just have to work through the wet conditions we are seeing right now. We have had heavy rains and there is water standing in a lot of places where it hasn’t stood for quite a while. It is going to take a while for it to all get down into the creeks to the Scioto and down the Ohio River. The winds have been strong but nothing has been blown over or anything like that.There is more rain probably coming later this week so we’ll probably be spending some more time in the shop getting planters fine-tuned. We are putting pop-ups on both of our planters this year so that will give me some time to get those things done, squared away and shop tested. Hopefully we have things as ready as we can and we’ll be ready to go for when the weather does break.
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members There are at least two recognizable camps in the green building community. The older camp includes hippies, owner/builders, and those in the natural building movement. These builders prefer to scrounge materials from the woods or demolition sites rather than purchase new materials from a lumberyard. Their homes might be made of adobe, logs, or straw bales.On the other side of the aisle is the newer camp of builders who emphasize energy efficiency and high performance. This group includes fans of triple-glazed windows and heat-recovery ventilators, as well as builders who brag about their blower-door results. The Passivhaus adherents can be found on this side of the aisle.If you draw a Venn diagram of these two groups, you may find a few builders in the small zone where the circles overlap. But most green builders are outside of the overlap, falling clearly into one of the two large circles described above.The natural builders usually work in rural areas, while the high-performance builders often work in urban areas or suburbs. These two groups have contrasting attitudes toward building codes and regulations. While natural builders usually decry the stupidity of building codes, calling them roadblocks to creativity, the energy-efficiency group often promotes stricter building codes, noting that “we need to raise the bar.”In short, these two green building groups appear polarized. Perhaps the aims of the two groups are irreconcilable, and this polarization is inevitable. But even if the groups’ aims can’t be reconciled, it’s important for green builders to listen to each other.In 1994, Steward Brand, best known as the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, wrote an influential book, How Buildings Learn. Brand observed that all buildings are destined to be modified — a fact that many architects forget — and that many… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Elsewhere: Unusual Takes on IndiaEd by Kai Friese Penguin Price: Rs 250The head honcho at Penguin India confessed to me a couple of years ago that it was house policy not to publish any material that had already seen the light of day in a newspaper, book or magazine. The,Elsewhere: Unusual Takes on IndiaEd by Kai Friese Penguin Price: Rs 250The head honcho at Penguin India confessed to me a couple of years ago that it was house policy not to publish any material that had already seen the light of day in a newspaper, book or magazine. The arrival of Elsewhere, therefore, gave me a bit of a turn since the 20 essays in it have already appeared in The India Magazine between 1996 and 1998, when Kai Friese was the magazine’s editor.One is relieved that Penguin has had a change of heart on what it ought to publish, else these extraordinary nuggets might never have been blessed with a second coming. The India Magazine silently slipped away into oblivion some years ago, not obviously for the material it printed.In his introduction, Friese asserts his sole responsibility lay in providing the current publishers with what he thought was the best writing of his editorial stint with the magazine. He has chosen shrewdly. Much is written about inscrutable India and the nightmare of attempting to pigeonhole its diversity into neat subheads.These authors have their quills unerringly on the pulse of the country and can fathom “the grain of daily life, its pleasures and perils”. “The House on Debendra Ghose Road” is a fine chronicle of a few hours spent through “the arena of privileged domesticity and sexuality” within an ancient and venerable mansion, in the company of three elderly gentlemen on a hot April morning.Mobile mobility: The book captures the many dynamics of IndiaAmit Chaudhuri is a master of language and at moments quite surpasses Charles Lamb, whom he undoubtedly read at Balliol. An Englishman is found with his throat slit in a hotel in Goa. The author is given the task by the victim’s policemanbrother of bringing the culprits to book.In a riveting expose, Bishakha Datta converts subtly from sniffing bloodhound to rationalist patriot, indifferent in the end to “The Death of a Tourist”, since “all conventional signposts of morality have dissolved into a landscape of greys where there is no right, no wrong, no good, no bad, no truth, no lies”.advertisementBut gore and nostalgia aside, my favourite pieces include Pankaj Mishra’s evocative reportage of Sonia Gandhi’s fumbling foray into politics while campaigning in Goa (“Among the Believers”) where, in the finest traditions of Italian soap opera, “a middle-class woman from near Torino tries to rescue India’s oldest political party from extinction”; and Manjula Padmanabhan’s “Transports of Delight”, where the wicked three-wheeled scooter rickshaw is lyrically immortalised, both in prose and illustration.I reserve the laurel, however, for Anita Roy, who with brevity of space and stiletto sharp wit has portrayed the “nouveau Rajas and their dishevelled, bored, expat Maharani-manqus”, former inhabitants of middle-class Wimbledon who domicile temporarily in diplomatic postings amongst sweaty natives, subsuming their overt racism in “the sweet cloud of white meringue” on the high commissioner’s immaculately manicured lawns.”All Indians are ch—yas,” says a CBI official to the investigative journalist in “Tourist”. Perhaps, but the 20 essays show us up to be a marvellously diverse people, unfazed by poverty and squalor, sporting the will to survive against all odds and overcome in the end. Vive le difference!