If you are growing a food garden, and possibly feeding your family from it, the last thing you want to do is douse it in poison, right?
Well, if you use chemical pesticides, herbicides, and even some fertilizers, that’s exactly what you’re doing. And when you buy fruit and vegetables at the grocery store, it’s likely that it has been sprayed as well. Nasty. Continue reading “Natural pest control in the vegetable garden: Integrated Pest Management”
Self-seeding annuals save time, money and effort
The first things to show their faces in the garden weren’t from seeds I planted this spring; they were from seeds that fell from last year’s plants. They were mustard, one of my favorite greens. And they’re everywhere! Continue reading “5 best self-seeding annuals growing in my garden”
Diversity is an important aspect of permaculture systems. It adds a great deal of resilience and strength, especially in your garden. How? By making sure that all the bases are covered. No matter what the weather does, or what disease or pest pressures occur, diversity can help ensure that you’ll always obtain a yield. Continue reading “Healthy garden tips: 5 ways to increase diversity in a permaculture garden”
Here on the West Coast of Canada, we have a great climate for growing vegetables. I grew up in northern British Columbia, where the growing season is pretty dang short, so it’s exciting to be able to grow vegetables ALL YEAR LONG! Continue reading “Growing winter vegetables: plant in summer and fall for winter and spring harvests”
We all know the world’s gone mad, so we won’t even talk about that. Instead, let’s talk about gardens. That’s much more pleasant. And I’ve got some cheap garden ideas for you, while you stay home and stay safe. You are staying home and safe, aren’t you? Good. Continue reading “7 Cheap garden ideas for you, while you stay home and stay safe”
Gardening is a pretty straightforward affair: you plant some seeds in some soil, and things grow. But there are always little tips and tricks that you can learn that will make it easier for you.
Vegetable garden advice can be found all over the internet, and in thousands of books; but how do you know if it’s good advice? Continue reading “Vegetable garden advice: 14 tips and tricks for a better garden”
It is April 2020, and the world has entered very uncertain and nerve-wracking times. Many people are wondering how they’re going to get through it. Money will get tight for people who aren’t going to work every day like they used to. Continue reading “8 simple garden ideas on a budget: just get started!”
Seed saving might sound like a difficult thing to do, but it’s really not. Plants make seeds, whether we harvest them – or even notice them – or not. It’s just a plant thing to do.
So it’s no great stretch to imagine yourself plucking those seeds and putting them into a jar, is it? If you know how to grow vegetables, you know how to grow vegetable seeds. Continue reading “Saving vegetable seeds, sowing resilience”
I have been asked what the difference is between a conventional garden and a permaculture garden. So I thought I would try to answer that question in this article. There are a lot of moving parts to a permaculture garden, so let’s go through them one at a time. Continue reading “What is a permaculture garden?”
Well, it’s a damned crazy world out there.
On one hand, things haven’t really changed all that much for me. I have been working from home as a freelance graphic designer for the last 10 years, so it’s not great hardship for me to stay home. I actually prefer it. Continue reading “The world is changing; build a vegetable garden”