Nerding out in the “permagarden”

Nerding out in the “permagarden”

Stacking functions in permaculture Daniel McFly often geeks out about permaculture “stacking functions.” Can you figure out how each element of this permaculture garden supports other components? Permaculture can be defined as the science of assembling...
The Permaculture of Perennials

The Permaculture of Perennials

Photo: Asparagus between seasons in Texas. The perennial blessing Perennials become more established over time and build on their growth each year. even though most of our food comes from annuals vegetables, they are often heavy feeders that require the addition of...
Gardening with the flow

Gardening with the flow

Permaculture, in it’s simplest form, is about working with the flow of nature. If you think about the flow of energy across a landscape, you can see patterns. Water flows downhill and carries nutrients with it. The practice of permaculture can be thought of in...
News from the hen house

News from the hen house

  It took six months but we’ve finally got eggs! We also have a rooster. Surprise!   When we went to our local feed store, we picked out five (female, or so we thought) chicks; one for each of us to name. We got a variety of breeds so we could observe the...
A Cozy Greenhouse

A Cozy Greenhouse

If you are like me and love to eat fresh from your summer garden, then you might consider extending the fruiting season for your tomatoes and peppers in a greenhouse. We usually have a pretty good warning that the first freeze of the winter season is coming. When I...
Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Fried? Poached? Scrambled? Birdie in a nest? (skillet fried on toast) You just can’t beat a good farm egg. With their beautiful orange yolks and rich flavor, the best way to have year round access to fresh farm eggs is to keep a back yard chicken coop. We...