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 →

Hunkering Down

As I'm sure many of you have heard (or are, perhaps, experiencing), the east coast is taking a beating from a gnarly storm.  The coast received the worst of the snow fall yesterday; we only had a dusting by our standards, around 2-3 inches. The current threat is the brutal, arctic winds sweeping in.  We... Continue Reading →


I know there is little I can do for them, but I worry about the wildlife during stretches of extreme cold such as the one we're currently experiencing.  Can they find shelter?  Can they find enough food?  Can they withstand day after day of sub-zero temps? Yesterday we were delighted to see a visiting flock... Continue Reading →

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