Green home and garden show comes to Eugene

This weekend we went to check out the Good Earth Home and Garden Show at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Some of the stuff was pretty cheesy, but I did find some awesome ideas for battling moisture at the homestead.

For starters, we’re developing a little bit of a mold problem in a couple spots inside the house, right around where the vents come out of the attic space. We’ve got some cellulose insulation (old newspapers) — and it seems a little damp. I just put a fan up there and I’m planning to douse the affected spots with peroxide. But the thing that would really help it is new insulation. I just found something called Latitude Wool Insulation. It costs about twice as much as fiberglass, but it breathes better and might be more mold resistant. Any thoughts on Wool Insulation?

Also, we’re looking at some lawn issues. Lots of water out here in West Eugene. I’ve seen a few cool solutions to the Pacific NW lawn issues. Our local lawn and garden distributors, Down To Earth, were pumping up something call Microclover — tiny clovers that require less fertilizer and fungicide and is super low maintenance.

Another great idea for dealing with surface water in Oregon lawns — Rain Gardens. The City of Eugene has a huge list of plants for a rain garden. According to RainGardenNetwork.com, building a rain garden is the easiest thing you can do to reduce contribution to stormwater pollution. Native, water-loving plants capture rainwater from the roof, driveway and sidewalks and filter contaminants. Rain gardens can absorb runoff more efficiently – as much as 30% – 40% more then a standard lawn. Here is a section of tips on planting a rain garden.

 I’ll keep you posted on how these ideas progress through the implementation phase.

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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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3 Responses to Green home and garden show comes to Eugene

  1. I would say, unless you’re planning on completely replacing all the attic insulation, you may want to consider a spray foam insulation around the duct/vent areas to better seal it.

    Another option, and I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about it, but Tyvec has this “attic membrane” thing that’s supposed be totally breathable yet water resistant and help keep it cooler in summer, warmer in winter… now, i”m not sure if this is somthing that needs to be used in application with a new roof kinda thing, of if it’s something you can apply on the inside to reseal it…

    none of which answers your questions… i know. I’ve never heard of the wool insulation… yes, it seems to keep the sheep warm and dry and they don’t seem to mold, but I’ll admit, I’m skeptical as to it’s viablilty as a building material.

    Yes, that was supposed to funny, b/c at the moment, I just see you scrapping raising goats to raise and sheer sheep for the attic…

    good luck!

  2. Marty says:

    I found a neat product. It wasn’t at that show, but it was at the Pondapalooza show. It is the Toba Magic Fountain. GREAT fountain that doesn’t require any installation. They look pretty neat in the water, too. Check it out. They have a website: http://www.tobafountains.com. Good luck!

  3. Becca says:

    My husband and I have gone to the Good Earth Home Show for about two years now. We loved it. We found some excellent woodworkers that use reclaimed wood in their cabinet making. We hired one to create millwork for our bungalow. I’m hoping to have new kitchen cabinets locally built by Bunchberry cabinets now. We attended about three seminars, and the best speaker was this young guy from San Fran who teaches architecture and is the author of green building for dummies. He was fantastic and so clear that we must insulate, insulate, and insulate homes in the states to cut our oil dependance.

    In fact we bought blueberry plants from Duckworth’s nursery and they already got berries this year!! I can’t wait to buy some kiwi and fig trees from another exhibit next year.

    On Sunday we walked over in the snow and sampled some Sweet Cheeks wine to warm up and picked up a pound of Cafe’ Mam. We listened to a guitarist on stage and met the coolest chic from Portland who is building a new house from a deconstructed home. And then we strolled around meeting some the areas most socially concious business owners.

    I love this show and can’t wait for next year. We really appreciate that we get in for free, well we always bring a sack of food for FFLC, and can walk over to the fairgrounds each day. Eugene is lucky to have an event of this quality for FREE!

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