Gardening in California Successfully

dry summer garden

California’s climate is generally called “Mediterranean.”  Yet it ranges across the state from the hot deserts, as in the case of Death Valley, to the sub-artic, dry, mountain regions of Western California.   But what does a Mediterranean climate consist of and why is it harder to garden in California than in other parts of the United States? A Mediterranean climate …

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Permaculture Student K-12 Online

This is a sample video lesson from week 3 of Matt Powers’ Permaculture Student K-12 Online course. Matt interviews soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham about the different biological processes in the soil. Dr. Ingham explains how plants generally need two forms of nitrogen to grow. These cannot come in the form of N2 which we get from the air. Neither …

Bees – Pollinators and Friends

If you take a look at your garden right now (and it’s in season), you can be sure that there are dozens of pollinators, large and small, working diligently to collect pollen or eat nectar. These creatures are essential partners with many of the vegetables and fruit trees in our gardens, who rely on them entirely for their reproduction. This …

A Medicinal Herb Garden

Medicinal Herbs

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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 …