Permaculture advocates creating stable food systems that are resilient. Perennial vegetables are excellent to incorporate into your permaculture garden. They add a layer of stability to your garden, and help ensure that there will always be something to harvest. Continue reading “Perennial vegetables list, for resilient and stable food crops”
A food forest is the Holy Grail of permaculture. It’s what so many of us aspire to when we think of the ultimate home food system. It is a system that not only feeds humans and animals, but it can provide for other needs as well, such as crafting and building. It is a stable and long-term system that provides a wide variety of foods, with a minimum of input. Continue reading “What is a permaculture food forest, and how do I get one?”
So far on this site I have concentrated on the gardening aspect of permaculture. But there really is so much more to it. Permaculture is a term that encompasses the designing of entire human habitations, whether they be city lots, small homesteads, large farms, or whole communities. Continue reading “What is permaculture design, and how can I use it?”
Lawns are kind of boring, don’t you think? Especially front lawns. How often do you actually see anyone on their front lawn, except when they’re mowing it? Not very often. People are much more likely to hang out in their backyards. Continue reading “Lawn to garden: taking control of your food”
You probably think that in order to have a garden you need to have a large flat piece of land with the ideal amount of sun, perfect soil, a rototiller, and any number of tools and amendments. Well…you don’t.
If you have even the smallest yard, you can grow food. If you have some containers, boxes, or anything that will hold soil, you can grow food. And you don’t need any special equipment. Continue reading “Vegetable garden ideas: how to take advantage of all the space in your yard to grow food”
While the main goal of a vegetable garden is obviously to grow vegetables, there are other things to grow that will benefit the garden. A variety of herbs and flowers can improve yields by attracting beneficial insects to the garden, and protecting your plants. Continue reading “Herbs and flowers: natural pest control for the garden”
Starting your first permaculture vegetable garden can feel a bit daunting. You’ve been taught by convention that to build a garden you need expensive equipment to till up the soil, and lots of inputs like fertilizers and amendments. Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. Continue reading “How to start a vegetable garden for beginners: the quick and easy way”
Sometimes there just isn’t any room to grow an in-ground garden. You might be living in an apartment, or renting where you can’t build a garden. But you can have a garden if you have space to put on some pots in a sunny area.
Container gardening is like using raised beds – they’re just very small raised beds. You can grow just about anything in a pot, but there are a few things to consider. Continue reading “Vegetable container gardening ideas”
I had the most wonderful dream the other night. I dreamt I had a beautiful piece of property, and was busy working in my gardens. I had a grape arbor, and one of those arched trellises for growing squash on.
Someone had given me eight chickens, and they followed me around like puppies. And I believe there was an actual puppy in there somewhere too. Rich had a wonderful natural swimming pool dug, and I was transplanting corn plants.
It was idyllic; and I was crazy happy. First dream I’ve remembered so vividly in a long time.
This is my own personal ‘recipe’ for making easy fermented vegetables. I wrote this out for my sister, as she was interested in what I was doing. Continue reading “Easy fermented vegetables recipe: start today!”