Passive Cooling: Rock Wall. A Natural Thermostat:    "Large rocks squeezed into together by 'wood shelves' insulate the South face of the house. The rocks absorb the heat during the day lowering the solar gain. At night the rocks give heat back into into the air as the temperature outside drops. The rock wall and the desert climate work in concert to passively cool the house."

stones used to retain heat in a passive solar heating wall // perhaps a natural stone barrier could be integrated into a cabin exterior wall for insolation

WINDSWEPT LADY---skeletal juniper tree, box canyon in Monument Valley, Arizona. (Photo by Dave Drost/National Geographic Photo Contest)

National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

WINDSWEPT LADY (Nature) - One of the times visiting Monument Valley, Arizona, I was in a box canyon when a severe dust storm came through. This is a photo of an aged, old juniper tree by Dave Drost

Permaculture uses several techniques to deal with a drylands (i.e. desert or sub-desert) climates. We'll talk about some of these techniques. #thepclife #permaculture

Drylands Permaculture Techniques – Part 1

Permaculture uses several techniques to deal with a drylands (i.e. desert or sub-desert) climates. We'll talk about some of these techniques. #thepclife #permaculture

List of ten vegetables and fruits for desert climate. Easy to grow vegetables in hot and dry climate of El Paso

Fruits and Vegetable plants suited for desert climate of El Paso. List of 10 easy to grow plants in dry climate

Seven falls is a great hiking escape for a desert climate like Tucson, AZ. Check out this photo based trail guide to get you out and exploring the Falls.

Seven falls is a great hiking escape for a desert climate like Tucson, AZ. The trail is easily accessed, the scenery is good, and the water features makes it an attractive adventure. Robb gives us a photo tour of the area in this in depth trail report.

Great First Impressions | Fresh Faces of Design | HGTV

HGTV: Sage Design Studios integrated terraces and drought-conserving plants into the front and back yard designs to help this Southwestern home conserve water.

Yakhchal ("ice pit"): ancient refrigerators. By 400 BCE, Persian engineers had mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of summer in the desert. Above ground, the structure had a domed shape, but had a subterranean storage space; it was often used to store ice (and sometimes food). (thx wiki)

An ancient refrigerator. By 400 BC, Persian engineers had mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of summer in the desert. The ice was brought in during the winters from nearby mountains in bulk amounts, and stored in a Yakhchal, or ice-pit.

Cherry tomatoes are one of the easiest varieties of tomatoes to grow. They are hearty plants and produce well everywhere I have grown them including the Las Vegas' desert,

How To Grow Cherry Tomatoes In Desert Climates

Learning how to grow bigger, better tomatoes. Whether you are a beginner at growing vegetables or a Master Gardener, these tips for growing tomatoes will help you increase your yield and produce better tasting tomatoes. Seed packets and plant.

Have you heard of xeriscaping? Often associated with desert climates, it�s much more than succulents and cacti. This sensible landscape style conserves water, reduces garden maintenance, and provides habitat for endemic species. Learn all about its aesthe

Xeriscaping Your Yard for Efficiency and Aesthetics

Xeriscaping is not just for desert climates. It’s an efficient way to landscape with native plants that require minimal water. Learn how on Gardener’s Path.

The city is within easy reach of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino, and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The desert climate makes Palm Springs an ideal vacation destination year-round.

Girlfriend Getaway Guide to Palm Springs

Palm Springs is a great destination if you are looking for an escape with your girlfriends. Here's my girlfriend getaway guide to Palm Springs!

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay  Yucca  Also called Adam's needle for its sharp, pointed leaves, yucca shines in the early summer garden when it sends up a towering candle of waxy white blooms. Perfectly at home in desert climates, Adam's needle yucca also grows well in clay soil in more humid regions.  Name: Yucca filamentosa  Zones: 4-11

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Yucca shines in the early summer garden when it sends up a towering candle of waxy white blooms. Perfectly at home in desert climates, Adam's needle yucca also grows well in clay soil in more humid regions

Top 10 Bridal Shower Ideas -  Host a Staycation: Perhaps your bride loves to travel, or has always wanted to visit a specific location. Bring her dream destination to her by hosting a staycation. If she has always wanted to visit Mexico or Spain, fill an assortment of vases with small rocks and succulents. Pair pillar candles with terra cotta accents and sand to exude that Spartan elegance unique to the desert climate. String papel picado indoors or out for a traditional, yet delicate…

Top 10 Bridal Shower Ideas

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