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Norwegian Velomobile You Have to Have

Norwegian Velomobile You Have to Have
Velomobile from Norway

The way in which we get around the world
that we live in has continually changed over the years. From people taking
trips across the world via horseback to the massive jet engines we fly around
continents in today, transport is an ever-changing industry. As one of the most
important industries around, the problem that many people have with driving is
the emissions that it creates. Not only is it potentially dangerous for the
environment, but it’s not good for our own health either.

That’s why when companies come up with new
and exciting car ideas, we should be excited. One example of this is the
Norwegian group, Elpedal, who have created a ‘podbike’ – an electrically
assisted car, or velomobile, that is human-powered, bringing together the power
of cycling into the art of driving a car.

The aim is to get people essentially ‘driving’
a car using the method of riding a bike. The aim is to get people out of
unhealthy driving positions and instead making use of their bodies more to get
them around the place in a comfortable, practical form of cycling.

A
4-wheel cycling experience

With four wheels and two hub motors, this
interesting little velomobile will power itself up by using the thrust of your
peddling. Each push of the pedal will generate electricity to the car, giving
it extra power so that you can move at reliable speeds. Inside the vehicle, you
would have space for one adult and one child, with the chance to travel as far
as 37 miles on a single battery charge. The velomobile is made using an
aluminium frame for long-term weather protection, as well as high-end
aerodynamics to allow easier movement and control.

Not only will this be a more active form
of driving, but it will also be a practical, reliable, safe, and easy to
maintain vehicle. It will be highly usable and it will be able to provide those
who find electric cars to be an unsuitable compromise. It’s going to produce
the least emissions from transport possible, especially when compared to the
modern car.

The hope is that the first test unit will
be ready in late 2019, with a release across Europe aimed at for 2020. With a
price of around $6,000, this could be a vehicle that becomes an affordable
alternative to buying a car in an era where we all need to do more to help keep
the environment healthy.

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Source: Green Tech News

August Gardening “To-Dos”

August Gardening “To-Dos”

August is a time of plenty in the garden.

Listen to my Green Divas In The Garden podcast segment for August gardening tips…

Plenty of tomatoes, eggplant, sweet corn, peppers, green beans and cucumbers—among other crops—make August a month of abundance.

It’s also the time of plenty of weeds, diseases and insects that require time and attention to keep the bounty going through the fall. Here are my recommendations for August to-dos in the garden.

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Plant seedlings of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower to be harvested in fall. Plant radishes, beets, kohlrabi and carrots early in the month and lettuce, spinach, mustard greens, kale and Swiss chard later in the month.

Count the number of days from your planting date ’till your first frost date to see if there is enough time to plant and harvest this fall. For example, our average first frost date is October 15.  So I know I will have enough days between now and then to plant carrots in early August for a harvest before the first frost.

Consider sowing cover crops like buckwheat or winter rye in empty areas of the garden. Cover crops (“green manures”) will help you avoid weeding those bare spots in the vegetable garden and and the organic matter will improve the quality and tilth (the ability to till; consistency) of the soil for next year’s garden.

We like start an indoor herb garden now for basil and parsley. You can also add rosemary, thyme, marjoram, mint and summer savory. Order your spring-flowering bulbs later this month. I recommend you view an online catalog or order a printed one from an organic bulb source like Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Harvest Late Summer Vegetable Harvest

This is the time to pick your tomatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, cucumbers, melons, green beans, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers, potatoes and herbs.

Care

Watering is essential in August. A great way to conserve water—a precious resource—is by capturing it in a rain barrel.

Refresh those containers by cutting back overgrown annuals plants (they will flush with new growth in two weeks) and replace some that have seen better days. Herbs that are looking tired will also benefit from being cut back.

Allow lily stems to yellow and die naturally. This restores the bulb for next year’s blooms.

Woman weeding in the garden Now is a good time to refresh your strawberry beds. The plants are forming the buds that will be next year’s strawberries. It is best to till around the plants to create a row of plants about a foot wide. Do this by digging out the runners on the sides.

Fertilize… You may want to fertilize your annuals and containers with an organic fertilizer.

Monitor all plants for insect and disease damage. There are natural Bt sprays for caterpillars and different ones for beetles. You can control thrips and aphids with insecticidal soap. Be sure to spray the underside of leaves. Keeping your plants healthy and catching problems early will eliminate the need for pesticides.

Stay on top of weeding, especially those weeds trying to get large enough to go to seed. Also remove diseased leaves and stems when you see them. This will cut down on the amount of fungal diseases in the garden.

Deadhead annuals to keep them blooming until frost.

Plan

Have you made notes about the combinations of flowers that you liked this year and those you would like to try next year?

I make a lot of notes about improvements I could make to my vegetable garden for next year. I also make a map of what I planted where this year so I know where to rotate crops for next year.

Make a note to try new types of sunflowers next year.  They are easy to grow!
Make a note to try new types of sunflowers next year. They’re easy to grow!

Source: GreenDivas News