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The Value Of Heirloom Seeds

One of the most important goals in sustainable gardening is saving seeds from some of our valued plants and using them to grow the next cycle of plants the following year.  Humanity has observed this cycle in nature for countless generations and learned to harvest and save seeds from the most useful plants encountered.  Seeds of favored varieties were treasured …

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How to Design Meditation Gardens

I suppose the first question we should ask is, “Why meditate?” As you well know, online reader, we live in such a plugged-in, high-tech world. It is so device-driven, that the trendiest health online summits are.. Surprise, surprise… on Digital Dementia! But I think… the digital diseases we are currently suffering from are going to be solved only by going …

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Grow Your Own Food

Did you guess what the #1 US export is? The #1 export of the US is…. get ready for it… SOIL. “In the United States alone, soil disappears 10 times faster than it is naturally replenished, according to this Cornell University study, at an estimated rate of nearly 1.7 billion tons of farmland alone per year.” As Theodore Roosevelt once …

Current State of Food Nutrition

I promised this story is not all gloom & doom.  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. A bright shiny one.  Just be patient. But, let’s just say, that for one magical moment, all the pesticides and herbicides currently being used in the market were deemed safe for consumption. I would like to know (and I bet you …

Pesticides in Food:

Once upon a time, we got some negative feedback from someone who did not believe there was a link between allergies and pesticides in food. I just blocked out names out of respect to those involved. In the end, we just told everyone that all we could do was hold up all the good that permaculture had done for us …

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Soil

The soil is like the gut When people ask us how we are able to grow so much food in one tiny townhouse we tell them that first place to start… is with the soil. What is soil anyway? Soil is not merely “dirt” the result of ages of weathering down rock. Though its rock-based mineral components are an essential …

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How to Observe your Garden

“How to Observe your Garden” Every good garden design begins by knowing how to observe your garden. Observation may not seem like something one needs to actually learn, because it’s a universal skill. Anyone can and should be able to do it. But how well you design depends on how often and how much you observe. It is such a …

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Winterizing your garden

winterizing

The first thing we want to do in our garden is tidy up plants from the summer season. Annual summer crops like tomatoes, squash, and beans will be starting to drop off in production now, and may even have started to wilt. Now is the best time to do a final harvest of summer crops, gathering any green tomatoes, leaves …

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Join the Climate Victory Garden Campaign!

climate victory gardens

1916 came to be known as “agriculturally the most disastrous year for Europe and America.” This was largely due to former farmers having been called to arms during World War I.  At this time, Europe looked to America to help supply their food shortage and so the “war garden” effort was born. The Victory Garden (first known simply as the …