Have you ever tried to create a large map from a number of separate images?  Some people take a number of screenshots of a zoomed in area (say Google maps), and then use a some sort of photo editing software to stitch each image together to make a single large image.

This will work of course, but why not use the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor?

What is Image Composite Editor?

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. The stitched panorama can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading it to the Photosynth web site. Or the panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multiresolution tiled format used by Silverlight’s Deep Zoom and by the HD View andHD View SL panorama viewers.

 New features in version 1.4.4

  • Stitch directly from a video (only on Windows 7)
  • Automatic lens vignette removal
  • Improved blending engine
  • Options dialogue to control memory usage and scratch disk locations


Treehugger.com writes…

“Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it’s coldframeshoop houses or greenhouses.

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a “place of warmth”), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates.

Here’s a video tour of a walipini that even incorporates a bit of interior space for goats:…”

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thingiverse.com writes…

“For less than just one penny a day, you can: grow your own fresh, organic foods and do something good for the environment by recycling plastic bottles; reduce food waste by picking only what you’ll consume; and do so even in a small city apartment. It can all be done using 3Dponics…”

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Permaculture design principles

…”The underlying theme of my lazy gardening post was that a lazy gardener spends most of her time designing the garden and less time actually working.

Well, funny enough, as I was yesterday browsing the internet for inspiration for designs of my permaculture garden(s), I found out that someone beat me to the punch. My lazy gardening principles aren’t as revolutionary as I’d like them to be. It has all been done before.

No biggy.

During my research, I’ve seen all these funny expressions being thrown around. Words like SADIMET, OBREDIMET, CEAP were being used. I’ve tried to dig deeper and look for a resource where all these words are explained in one place.

I was out of luck. So I decided to settle this once and for all and write a concise post, describing each of these in plain English. If you’re an organizational junkie (like me), you’ll like this post. If you’re not, just take what you find useful and run with it”…

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Mother Earth News writes…

Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As award-winning author Toby Hemenway demonstrates in Gaia’s Garden (Chelsea Green, 2009), it’s fun and easy to build a backyard ecosystem by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions. In the following excerpt, learn how to use permaculture landscape design to create a lush seven-layer forest garden.

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Introduction to Urban Permaculture

Learn to Design a Practical Sustainable Plan for Your Own Garden
So That You Can Create Abundant Food for Your Whole Family.

 Permaculture is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people and communities.


Would you like to live in a more sustainable way? Would you like to learn a system of garden design that is practical, efficient and over time requires less effort for you to maintain? Have you heard the term permaculture and want to learn more about it? 

This Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design will teach you useful strategies and techniques permaculturalists use to design functional, practical and sustainable garden plans. You will leave the course with a structured approach to sustainable garden design which will give you the skills to lay out a practical plan for your own garden so that you can create abundant food for your whole family.  The course is fun and interactive and you will be designing your own gardens with the support of the teacher as well as others on the course.

The Course Content  

Permaculture has a philosophy of respecting nature and working with it, rather than against it. At the end of day one, you will learn how to develop your own permaculture garden and have an understanding of the principles, strategies and techniques used within permaculture. You will learn about the origins of permaculture and why it is called an ethical design system.

The second day involves you in a practical exercise in which you will be guided in the process of applying the permaculture design system to your own urban garden, no matter what size or setting.

Your Trainer

David Power is a certified permaculture designer and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others. In 2009, he built a blog Permaculture Power. Since its inception, it has had over 200,000 hits and provides useful links to permaculture related resources that are found online. This online resource has helped people all around the globe. 

David has had the good fortune to have studied with the world’s best teachers including the founders of permaculture Bill Mollison and David Holmgren as well as the director of the Permaculture Institute of Australia, Geoff Lawton. David’s field experience includes time on both Geoff Lawton’s property in The Channon and Bill Mollison’s property in Tasmania. In addition to these practical experiences, he went on to do further study with the well respected permaculture teacher, Rosemary Morrow, who awarded David an advanced teacher training certificate. 

David looks forward to teaching you more about permaculture and supporting you in your approach to living in a more sustainable way.

Davids permaculture certifications include:

  • Permaculture Design Course – Geoff Lawton – 2007
  • Permaculture Practical Certificate – Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton – 2007
  • Australian Permaculture Convergence – APC9 – 2008 (Attendance)
  • Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course – Geoff and Nadia Lawton – 2009
  • P.D.C. Teacher Training Course – Geoff and Nadia Lawton – 2009
  • Permaculture Teacher Training –  Rosemary Morrow – 2012
  • Gardening Like the Forest: Fundamentals of  Ecological Gardening – Dave Jacke – 2013
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (Urban Design) – Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar, David Holmgren – 2013

David looks forward to teaching you about permaculture and supporting you in your approach to living in a more sustainable way.

Course location: Berry, NSW, Australia

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