I feel like a field mouse lately, the cold nights and cool days of late September inviting actions directed at keeping warmth in the house, gathering the food stuffs for the long winter ahead. Preparing the firewood, knitting a few more garments to keep the family cozy…. searching for the slippers that were put away for the summer.
August is the time when we renew our efforts gardening with climate-extension methods in mind – greenhouses, cold frames, hoop houses are all at the start of their new season. With permaculture ideas in mind, and with focus on sustainability, I run my greenhouse in a way that keeps it healthy and productive with minimal inputs (limited to seeds and water in my case). Here is how I do it. 1. The Year Starts in […]Read More
Permaculture demonstration farm, Lots of Life in One Place, is the location for this how-to video. Learn how to use permaculture approach for restoring biodiversity on your land with naturalizing perennial plants that attract pollinators, offer habitat and forage and build soils.Read More
Growing herbal tea plants is probably one of the easiest gardening projects there are. They are also the easiest of edible plants to grow in your permaculture garden. Most herbs used for tea are perennials, and many are very pretty, and most are very fragrant. They make a very lovely edible garden border. They work beautifully in biodiversity islands – clumps of beneficial plants that we scatter around in permaculture gardens to attract good bugs, […]Read More
Four-month old baby in arms, fabulous garden, lots to do. Time to can, freeze, bake. The idea of having my own home-grown pumpkin as baby food was brilliant, though pumpkin is way too huge for any baby to eat! An entire meal – home-grown I love being able to make entire meals that are home-grown, not now and then, but regularly, or even every day! With each year of permaculture gardening, it is easier to […]
When thinking of growing vegetables, it is mostly annual plants that come to mind. After all, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers – they all grow and produce in one season, right? That is true, but lets take a look at using perennial and reseeding plants to make our gardens more productive and resilient, too! Reseeding Plants for Permaculture Gardens There are some edible plants that are so notorious for their reseeding proclivities, that we might as well […]Read More