What is a permaculture food forest, and how do I get one?

Sketch of a food forest

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?”

Vegetable garden ideas: how to take advantage of all the space in your yard to grow food

roof top planter

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”

How to start a vegetable garden for beginners: the quick and easy way

how to start a vegetable garden for beginners

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”

Vegetable container gardening ideas

container garden

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”

The Survival Garden: Gardeners in a dangerous time

Black Turtle Beans seedlings

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.

Then I woke up. Continue reading “The Survival Garden: Gardeners in a dangerous time”