New Arrivals

I've been trying to get better about growing more from seed and taking cuttings to expand my garden, rather than buying every plant that looks and sounds exciting to me.  My gardening habit has become quite expensive! Nevertheless, I've added or expanded a border every year since I started this garden in 2012 and that... Continue Reading →

Inspiration

I still consider myself a fledgling gardener and as such, I'm open to ideas and inspiration from other, more experienced gardeners.  I admit I have an aesthetic preference for gardens on the wilder end of the spectrum -- country and cottage gardens, woodland walks, open meadows.  I'm not a fan of the contemporary or modern... Continue Reading →

Thoughtful Tuesday

"Garbage did not exist until there were humans.  Everything in nature easily goes back into the earth.  Humanity needs to learn to re-consume."   - Michael Reynolds (creator of the Earthship)    

Climate Change

Most of my close friends are concerned about climate change and the impact these changes will have on their children and eventually, grandchildren.  Several have taken active steps to make changes in their lives to reduce the impact they have on our beautiful planet.  But there has been little in the climate change literature, until... Continue Reading →

An Early Morning in the Veg Garden

Thankfully, a brief thunder-storm and some much needed rain arrived last night around 10pm.  Everything has looked so sad and brown without our usual, weekly rain fall.   I woke up this morning and brought the dogs out to the orchard area while I tended to the hens, ducks and sheep.  Although they have a... Continue Reading →

Edges

  The use of the "edge effect" is one of the core principles of permaculture.  From an ecological perspective, the area where two distinct ecosystems overlap -- the edge -- tends to house greater diversity and energy than either of those ecosystems do individually.    For instance, the edge between the woodland and my "backyard" not... Continue Reading →

Late June in the Veg Garden

Things get off to a slower start up here, so the vegetable garden is really just beginning to show signs of life.  Granted we've been harvesting asparagus, lettuce and kale for a few weeks already.  But to many, the garden would have looked remarkably bare until a few days ago.  Progress has not been aided... Continue Reading →

The “Three Sisters”

And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.  -  Jonathan... Continue Reading →

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