permaculture design

What I do in January to Prep for the Growing Season

In my video today, I share the tasks that I typically do in January to prep for the growing season ahead. I call it a very slow easing into gardening mode. After the madness of what our growing season can be, I’m reluctant to ramp things up too soon. So here are the tasks I’m typically doing […]

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How I Established My Native Wildflower Garden

Despite a bumper crop of raspberries and tomatoes starting to produce, it’s not all unicorns and butterflies over here on the homestead. Weekday harvests in the food forest have been interrupted by the background noise of earthmoving machines.  You may recall that to make way for a new development, a substantial wildlife corridor was taken down

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Q&A with Kareen – How do I prevent bitter cucumbers?

There’s nothing more disappointing then putting your time and energy into growing veggies that don’t taste great. After a season of watering, weeding and fertilizing, you bite into that luscious cucumber and you immediately spit it out because it tastes so bitter.  In my video today, I address Rachel’s question about how to prevent bitter

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How I Use My Chickens to Prep New Garden Beds

Chickens are one of the easier and more useful animals to have in your backyard gardens. In permaculture, they are often the example of “each element performing multiple functions.” In other words, having chickens as part of your backyard ecosystem accomplishes several functions at once. Not only can they provide you with eggs and meat

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