Permaculture Guilds

As I've mentioned recently, I've spent the winter months reading about native plants and permaculture.  Permaculture isn't a new concept to me, but it's one I hadn't spent a great deal of time thinking about until I discovered Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog (now website and vlog) in the winter of 2016.  Looking at her... Continue Reading →

Gardening with Native Plants

I mentioned in a recent post that one of my goals for this year's garden is to add more native plants - trees, shrubs and perennials.  I started incorporating some permaculture principles into my gardening a couple of years ago, and have certainly witnessed an increase in wildlife and pollinators in the garden as a... Continue Reading →

Year-End Assessment

We're on day 5 of a brutal cold snap that reaches across the northern U.S.; it's expected to last for another week or more.  It's -13º F right now at 12:30 am.  With wind chill, the last few days have felt like -30º F.  It's a cold that has to be experienced to appreciate; a... Continue Reading →

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 →


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 →

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