As the stalemate between so called ‘governing parties’ continues in the U.S. people are no longer available to work in the White House Garden. Weeds, over mature plants, and squirrels are now the show-garden’s reality as nature suggests once again she is has consensus . . . without humans. The garden, meant to be a […]
It is a good idea to prune tomatoes if you grow them in a less than optimal climate. Breaking off some of the ‘succors’ will promote faster development of existing crop and result in bigger fruit.
A small water feature I created using an old bathtub and a concrete bowl is constant center of bird activity. And the same berm that was alive with Junco’s in spring is now alive with all sorts of other species of birds. The berm has become a wonderful display of phlox purple and mustard yellow.
My garden is overflowing with garlic this spring and as a result I have been eating it as a ‘green’. The little research I have done tells me this ‘spring garlic’ has powerful healing and health-building qualities, ones that have long been appreciated by gypsies. It is my experience, my gut’s experience, that a handful […]
I have always wanted to garden this way . . . a gentle co-creation with nature. Sometimes reading literature about something that I already know is right/smart gives me permission of sorts to do it. In this regard, I’ve always believed in ‘no-till’ gardening, I’ve even practiced no-till farming on a large scale with 100 acre hay fields. Two […]
There is no escaping the fact that the planet is now in dangerous territory relative to high “greenhouse gases” and the consequent increase in surface temperature. Changing the way you use your tiny piece of land can help make the needed change. I find this 3 minute video does a great job of getting the […]
I am asked regularly “What can I do about dandelions?” Thistles, orange hawkweed and knapweed are just a few more species that threaten to take over. I have no answer but I do know I personally can’t just standby and let the invasion be so complete that no ‘natural’ or indigenous is left. I do […]
I was fortunate growing up spending my summers in the wildness of coastal British Columbia. The impression of the natural world stays with me in all that I do and this embrace is what some are calling permaculture. It is how I see myself, maybe others, fitting. To increase my awareness of permaculture I took […]
For those of us with less than ideal growing seasons, warmth is a key to achieving any kind of harvest. Short of growing under glass or plastic, planting in a raised bed is the way to get the soil warm. I simply dig or hoe my garden soil into hills — no lumber needed. This […]