Permaculture

Seven Top Tips For Gardening In Extreme Weather

Remember from Psych 101 the study about babies and Object Permanence? How before a certain age infants can’t grasp the concept that once something disappears it isn’t necessarily gone forever? I have a form of that when it comes to gardening: After a storm/drought/wind/hail/freeze I think it’s […]Read the full article...

Reishi Mushrooms, Gut Bugs & Weight Control

Yesterday this popped up in my BBC World Latest Headlines feed: Mushroom Used in Chinese Medicine “slows weight gain.” Yep. It was reishi. Reishi is about to get a lot more press than usual. Anything having to do with weight loss is a sure thing to get […]Read the full article...

More Trench Composting And An Update

The first time I tried trench composting, I couldn’t dig down very deep because of the hugelkulture logs I buried. All was well for a couple of days, then I woke to find the buried compost in the trench had been discovered by some critters. They dug […]Read the full article...

Trench Composting

With the encouragement of commenters, I decided to go ahead and use the trench composting method for the latest delivery of restaurant compost. Trench composting is a way to compost in which the compost is buried directly into the garden beds. First, I dug a trench. The […]Read the full article...

Building Mulch Basins for Water Retention

I’ve been reading Art Ludwig’s book Create an Oasis with Greywater and decided to use his “mulch basin” technique to plant a trio of blueberry bushes. The concept is to make a basin around a plant such as a tree or a shrub to catch and hold […]Read the full article...

Mushroom Inoculation Day

Sometimes when bloggers don’t post it’s because they haven’t been doing anything worth blogging about. Sometimes it’s because they’ve been doing so much they don’t have time to blog about it; things happen faster than they can photograph them and there isn’t time in-between tasks to sit […]Read the full article...

Guilding the Pear

The more I guild, the more lonely the unguilded trees seem to me. In particular, my Asian pear was looking very bare. Selecting plants for a guild can be pretty simple or pretty involved, whichever way you lean. I can go either way depending on what free […]Read the full article...

Guilding the Plum

In permaculture, fruit tree guilds are a way of creating a miniature sustainable ecosystem in your yard. Instead of sticking a fruit tree in the ground in the middle of a field and watering and fertilizing and spraying it conventionally, a guild is humans mimicking nature’s way […]Read the full article...

Building a Mandala Garden

After I started reading Toby Hemenway’s book, Gaia’s Garden, I decided I had to have a mandala garden. A mandala garden is a form of keyhole garden, which you may be more familiar with.  For those of you completely new to the concept, let me explain. A […]Read the full article...

Planting a Cover Crop

This is the tail end of the season to sow cover crops.  I planted the mandala garden in a mixed cover crop at the beginning of November, and a last ditch second crop on top of my hugelkultur bed last weekend. On top of all the reasons […]Read the full article...

Building a Hugelkultur Bed

First, of course, what in the world am I talking about? Hugelkultur (from the German, hill culture) is a method of building a garden bed.  It hails from the permaculture world and means building a bed either by piling up wood and branches on the surface of […]Read the full article...

Interplanting for Maximum Harvest

picture by Julie Interplanting sounds fancy, but it just means planting different things together. Like, instead of planting only corn, you planted spinach in between the corn stalks. And the corn shades heat-hating spinach from the hot summer sun. That would be the planned version. Mine and […]Read the full article...