How Saving Seeds Contributes to the Diversity in Your Garden

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. The small commission we receive if you choose to purchase goes towards making this gardening education available for free! We do not affiliate for anything we do not personally use. Thanks so much for your support!Why is the Act of Saving Seeds So Important?Saving seeds ensures plant diversity.   In permaculture systems, we …

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Building Diversity in Your Garden

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Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. The small commission we receive if you choose to purchase goes towards making this gardening education available for free! We do not affiliate for anything we do not personally use. Thanks so much for your support!Diversity pulls forth a natural sense of wonder and appreciation for life.— Jen MendezDiversity in Our GardensWhy is …

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Compost in Your Garden: Why You Need it & How to do it Right

Compost in Your GardenDisclaimer: This Compost in Your Garden article contains some affiliate links. The small commission we receive if you choose to purchase goes towards making this gardening education available for free! We do not affiliate for anything we do not personally use. Thanks so much for your support!“We don’t feed the soil. We feed the life in the …

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Natural Antivirals to help with Coronavirus

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Natural Antivirals for Coronavirus Disclaimer: The plants detailed below are part of a promising study of candidate herbs to inhibit the novel coronavirus that is causing Covid-19. I am not a medical doctor nor a certified herbalist.  I have used herbs to maintain my health and the health of my family. As of this writing there is no known cure …

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Natural Cold Remedies: Plant-based alternatives

While natural cold remedies abound in herbalism circles, we find that very few of them are used in daily living. This article aims to demystify herbal remedies a bit.  And encourage that process of pouring yourself a cup of tea, to ease you and your family’s discomforts during the cold winter months. We’ve highlighted some videos of natural cold remedies …

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Indoor Gardening: Growing your house plants

Indoor gardening has always been an intriguing topic for us permaculture gardeners. Every time we did our plant sales or shows in suburban DC, we noticed that many people stopping by our booth would claim that they didn’t have any space to grow any plants. They were either living in a condo or apartment with or without a small balcony …

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(50% off this Black Friday!)Join GIY GIY Video Lessons▸Video Lesson 1: What is Permaculture? What is permaculture? On the last day of our Permaculture Design Course (PDC), Wayne Weiseman our teacher asked the class this same question, “What is permaculture?” Each student was asked to come up with his or her definition and internalize it. For me, certain aspects unique …

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Shade Garden: Permaculture in Dark(ish) Yards

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Shade gardens are often the topic of frustration among gardeners. They are especially so for those of us who want to make the most out of our land but think we might not be able to grow food due to the lack of sun. I recently shared a photo of shade plants that was posted on the wall of a …

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Best Sustainability & Climate Change Solution: Grow Your Own Food!

What you can do about climate change As Geoff Lawton put it, “All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden.” At this point, if we haven’t yet convinced you that gardening is the green choice, why not try closing the loop on our food consumption by starting with composting. Here’s a little blog we wrote about how you …

Gardening in California Successfully

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Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links. The small commission we receive if you choose to purchase goes towards making this gardening education available for free! We do not affiliate for anything we do not personally use. Thanks so much for your support!WHY GARDENING IN CALIFORNIA IS HARDCalifornia’s climate is generally called “Mediterranean.”  Yet it ranges across the state from …