Permaculture

I Didn’t Know I Could Grow: Pomegranates

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Somewhere along the line I was brainwashed into thinking there was a list of certain plants I could grow. Frustratingly, that list included things I can’t grow: European pears, sweet cherries, and most stone fruits; at least not without a lot of fuss and spraying and disappointment. However, over the years as I’ve whittled down […]

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Worm Farm Basics

by Daisy Barnyard

Why would anyone want to raise worms? There are tons of worms everywhere already! Underneath the potted plants on the patio, below that cardboard box you left out on the driveway, every time you stick a shovel or a trowel in the dirt, worms! You want worms in the earth, right, improving the soil in […]

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Persimmons!

by Daisy Permaculture

Quite by accident I discovered a persimmon tree Tuesday afternoon. I was in a hurry and could only pick up a handful of the soft, ripe “sugar plums” to take home. It’s been years since I tasted a persimmon, and when I did I was transported back to my youth–my childhood yard was filled with […]

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Foraging

by Daisy Garden

I don’t usually assemble it on a plate like this, but I did it today to be able to see it all at once. Typically, this sort of forage food is eaten while walking around the yard, a fig here, a leaf of mizuna there. This “meal” is never the same; it changes with the […]

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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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Reishi Mushrooms

by Daisy Garden

Reishi mushrooms, Ganoderma lucidum, have been used for centuries to promote health and longevity and are known as” the mushrooms of immortality.” I inoculated several oak logs over a year ago and put them in a shady spot behind my compost bin, partially nestled into the soil. They just began to fruit this spring. They’re […]

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Trench Composting: I’m Sold, See What You Think

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

When I first tried trench composting; that is, digging a trench, filling it with compostables, and covering it up, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if I would have trouble with varmints. I did have some minor digging, but that was solved by planting a little deeper. I also didn’t know if […]

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More Trench Composting And An Update

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

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 Beginner Gardens

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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Composting Partnership

by Daisy Garden

My hometown has an organization called Project Green Fork. You can read all about it here, but briefly, it’s a way to encourage food service providers to reduce or eliminate the amount of waste they generate. They oversee a six-step certification process. Upon completion of the steps, a restaurant can use the PGF logo 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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Reishi Revelation and a Milestone

by Daisy Permaculture

Back in 2008, or maybe 2007, we really can’t remember, Deanna and I had a phone conversation that was the jumping off point for this website. As I recall, we took the common blogger recommendation to stockpile a few posts before we went “live” to make it look like we’d been at this for longer […]

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New Strawberry Bed

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Of all the typical calamities that befall strawberry beds: birds, squirrels, slugs, drought (and I’ve had all of those), it was unexpected to say the least when an electrical transformer exploded over mine and doused it with dielectric fluid just as the strawberries were getting ready to pick. But I was more determined than ever […]

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Yahooo! Oyster Mushrooms!

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Again, THRILLED. I went out this morning to see how much the shiitakes had grown overnight and was amazed to see one of the logs of oyster mushrooms had also fruited. I may have done a mushroom dance. Look at those delicate gills, the soft, felty caps, the blush of brownish gray. These are called […]

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I’m Plotzing!

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I can barely contain myself. Something I’ve been waiting for years to happen has happened. In fact, it’s something that helped bring about the formation of this blog six years ago. Deanna and I had been friends for ten years at that point, but somehow we never fully realized we shared a certain passion for […]

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Chicken Of The Woods

by Daisy Garden

It sounds like a (bad) joke: What kind of mushroom grows in a chicken run? Answer: Chicken Of The Woods! When I posted this photo to our Facebook page asking for help identifying the mushroom that sprung up overnight on a cherry log next to the chicken coop, I got several immediate responses. The verdict, […]

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Chokeberry: The Next Superfood?

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

With three times the antioxidants of that other superfood, the blueberry, Aronia melanocarpa, or chokeberry, may be poised to become one of the next superfood sweethearts of the nutrifood industry. Why wait, though, when you can have a chokeberry in your own backyard? If you’ve never heard of chokeberry, you’re in the majority. Not to […]

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Juneberry

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s almost June. If you don’t believe it either, the proof is in the ripening Juneberries. I planted three Juneberry (Amelanchier) bushes three years ago. They’ve had a slow start not being in full sun, but they’re finally looking like they’re established and poised to give more than […]

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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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