All Souls Day upon us, the day of remembering ancestors, about their experiences in life, their understanding of nature, seasons, family life. In the Autumn chill, I think about kindling the fire of warmth in our home and beyond. What acts help us build a life that is slower, simpler, imbued with meaning and beauty, that is restorative, caring and nurturing for the generations before and after us? How does my commitment to sustainable living […]Read More
Growing herbs for tea seems to be the easiest way to put something edible on your table, even in the most limited gardening setting. Most herbs for tea are also ornamental, and/or perennial – they draw beneficial insects, and offer aesthetic interest for those in your surroundings not interested in growing your own food.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
On the short list of favorite trees to use in permaculture work (be it work of land restoration, or habitat regeneration, food production, soil building, community revitalization… personal sustainability…) – is Mulberry. Handsome and fast growing, drought resistant even in our dry climate (9″/ 23cm of rain annually), with large canopy that casts much needed shade – this tree also have a lot to offer to critters, birds and people. It is fabulous for children, […]Read More
Winter is slow and cold, and endless in February. Yet, deep down in the earth, first stirring of life takes place, barely noticeable. Sap is starting to flow in plants, thick from cold. Sun angle is changing, making for brighter days. And this spring, right in tune with the life forces awakening in the natural world, our family welcomed twin baby boys, born to my step-daughter.
Stillness is something that is very hard for many of us to embrace or practice. Often we wish for it, search for it but still fail to create space for stillness in our busy fast-paced lives. Stillness of quiet wonder, observation, inhale. The earth around us is asleep in December – the days are short, nights are long, and the life force of the world is being drawn in, inhaled by the earth – into […]Read More