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Originally posted by ABNARTY
reply to post by Eidolon23
Awesome! Loved it, thanks for posting.
I have often felt there is a lot of wasted space we could give back. And why not?
An Eco-Machine™, can be a tank based system traditionally housed within a greenhouse or a combination of exterior constructed wetlands with Aquatic Cells inside of a greenhouse . The system often includes an anaerobic pre-treatment component, flow equalization, aerobic tanks as the primary treatment approach followed by a final polishing step, either utilizing Ecological Fluidized Beds or a small constructed wetland. The size requirements are entirely dependent on the waste flow, usually determined during our preliminary engineering phase and site visit. The Eco-Machine™ is a beautiful water garden that can be designed to provide advanced treatment. The Eco-Machine functions similarly to a facultative pond with both aerobic and anoxic treatment zones, only instead of a body of water, the process occurs within individual tanks, creating independent treatment zones.
A robust ecosystem is created in the Eco-Machine between the plants, microbial species and distinct treatment zones. Within the Eco-Machine, all the major groups of life are represented, including microscopic algae, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and zooplankton, on upward to snails, clams, and fishes. Higher plants, including shrubs and trees, are grown on adjustable industrial strength fiberglass racks suspended within the system. The result is an efficient and refined wastewater treatment system that is capable of achieving high quality water without the need for hazardous chemicals.
There was a case recently that illustrated the potential clash between civic authorities and home owners over what they may and may not grow on their property. In Montreal, a couple installed very attractive raised vegetable beds in lieu of lawn in their front yard. They shared their produce freely with their neighbors, none of whom objected to the garden, and many of whom touted it as a positive boon.
Originally posted by BASSPLYR
I know the fruit could make a mess, but set up some sort of city service where they go and harvest the fruit and sell it at local markets or something. Rotate the types of fruits you plant so that something in your neighborhood is always in season. like say for this block apples are planted on the south side of the street and them on the other side of the street say plums that harvest at a different time of year.
A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Stephen Ritz is a teacher in New York's tough South Bronx, where he and his kids grow lush gardens for food, greenery -- and jobs. Just try to keep up with this New York treasure as he spins through the many, many ways there are to grow hope in a neighborhood many have written off, or in your own. (Filmed at TEDxManhattan.)