Permaculture

Chicken Of The Woods

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?

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

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

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

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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