Gardening
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Building Giant Hugel Beds

One of the projects I am the most excited about is my giant hugelkulturs. This is also one of the projects that will take the longest to complete, if it is ever complete. I want to build a hugelkultur bed all the way around my lot. Almost like a fence, …

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Compost in Beds

I left off, quite a long time ago, talking about how the soil at my place was close to worthless. Clay and rocks and very acidic. Far from what I will need to be able to grow a years worth of food for a family of four. It is getting …

Gardening
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Raised Garden Beds and Hugelkulturs

Now that I have figured out that I do not have good soil, I have to start getting ready for next year.  I have picked out a few places where I would really like to put garden beds.  If I can get the raised beds layed out, I can start …

Gardening
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DIY Tire Planters

There are many herbs that can grow out of control if you let them. A little bit of containment goes a long way for your frustrations if you want to grow these herbs. Things like mints and lemon balm are very useful herbs to have growing for many reasons, but …

Gardening
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Planting Potatoes

If you take a look around, there are more than enough ways to plant potatoes the “easy” way. Perhaps this is because of how much of a pain it is to grow potatoes the traditional way. Dig a trench. Put the potato pieces in the trench. Bury the potatoes with …

Gardening

Garden Planting

The plans that had been made for this year’s gardens have changed quite a bit. I trudged around last fall picking up old, heavy logs, broken branches and leaves and made enough hugelkultur beds to feed the whole town. I may have been a little too ambitious (as always) and …

Gardening

Hugelkultur Squash Beds

Even though it is too late to really get a garden going, I figured I would at least plant some squash beds.  I’m putting them among the trees in my orchard, so it is relatively shady right now, but hopefully one we clear a little more, the sun will kick …

Gardening

Choosing Squash to Save Seed

Squash is my favorite vegetable to grow.  I love the taste, the varieties, watching them grow through the summer and the fact that the winter varieties store so well.  There are tons of recipes of all kinds for squash from stuffed squash, to squash bread to squash pie. You can …

Gardening

Arrival of the Seeds

It’s almost spring and the seeds are here!  Just enough for a small vegetable garden to put away some stash for the winter.  I am keeping it simple this year because we are going to be so busy doing other things. Generally, permaculture doesn’t do a lot with annuals.  Perennials …

Food Forest

Permaculture Principles Deck

Just a short little post to share this with you.  Here is a link to get a permaculture principles deck.  Aren’t they nice?  It is 101 cards plus another 36 of an add on deck full of information for you to remember when you are designing.  You can buy the …