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8. Integrate Rather than Segregate

Much of modern agriculture is large, monoculture farms.  Monoculture means that the farms produce one crop in mass quantities, like corn or wheat.  Permaculture focuses more on polyculture.  This means to grow many crops all together as one big happy family. There are a few reasons why polyculture works so …

Gardening

Mini Cordwood House Plans: Outside

While the landscape is not quite part of the house, there are many features outside, around the house that will improve our day to day life and the house itself.  From the outdoor kitchen and kitchen garden to the garden pond, all the elements including make a more functional home. …

Food Forest

The Beginnings of the Food Forest

This is the spot where we ended up putting the food forest. It isn’t quite what we planned originally, but we weren’t going to be able to follow the plans this time around. We just didn’t have the time we needed to truck all the plants across the lot.   …

Building

Project Brief

The final project is due in my permaculture design class.  I know this is a long post, but I wanted to share my final project and what I would be doing for the next 5+ years.  Here is my project and future homestead:   The homestead section of the lot …

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Rootings

Now that I have this new future home we areobviously going to be leaving this one, and everything we have grown here, behind.  I was lucky enough to have rented a place where I could plant a pretty good size garden.  I spent lots of money buying plants and bushes …

Gardening

My Flower Garden: Chammomile

Chamomile is a pretty little daisy like flower that is commonly known for herbal tea.  They are also very easy to grow in your garden.  You can get German, which is an annual, or Roman, which is a perennial.  Either kind should spread and form a nice ground cover that …

Herbs

My Flower Garden: Echinacea

Also called purple coneflower, echinacea is a beautiful and very useful flower to add to your garden.  I’m sure you have heard of taking echinacea as a vitamin for good immune health, but there are many other uses.  You don’t need to go out and buy supplements either, just grow …

Herbs

My Flower Garden: Angelica

As I had mentioned before, a flower garden can be a form of organic pest control if you plant the right flowers.  So what are the right kinds of flowers to plant?  Angelica is the first flower I started in my garden.  Initially, I chose this flower because I wanted some …

Gardening

Hugelkultur Mounds

The perfect way to fertilize a tree or bush is a hugelkultur mound.  This will provide food for years with only a little effort  in the beginning.  It retains water so you don’t need to provide supplemental, just rain water should do.  It gets nice and warm so that if you …

Food Forest

The Pea Shrub

Here is some info I found about my new pea shrub: Caragana arborescens, also known as the pea shrub, is a large nitrogen fixing shrub.  The pea shrub is originally from siberia and so tolerates cold winters well.  It handles conditions such as drought and poor soil quite well and …