Permaculture

Seven Top Tips For Gardening In Extreme Weather

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

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 never going to happen again. On a beautiful […]

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Reishi Mushrooms, Gut Bugs & Weight Control

by Daisy Garden

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 peoples’ attention. You’d think something that was used […]

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More Trench Composting And An Update

by Daisy Garden

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 around and brought out some choice pieces of […]

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Trench Composting

by Daisy Garden

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 recommended depth for trench composting is 12 inches. […]

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Building Mulch Basins for Water Retention

by Daisy Garden

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 runoff or greywater so it has time to […]

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Mushroom Inoculation Day

by Daisy Garden

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 down and write down what they’ve been doing. […]

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Guilding the Pear

by Daisy Garden

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 resources I have available. When I guilded the […]

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Guilding the Plum

by Daisy Garden

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 of doing these things. After all, in natural […]

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Building a Mandala Garden

by Daisy 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 keyhole garden is a round garden bed with […]

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Planting a Cover Crop

by Daisy Garden

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 to grow cover crops, I have a secret […]

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Building a Hugelkultur Bed

by Daisy Garden

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 the soil or digging a hole (or trench) […]

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Interplanting for Maximum Harvest

by Ivory Soap Garden

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 TL’s version of interplanting is better categorized as […]

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