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The Permaculture of Perennials

The Permaculture of Perennials

Did you know that the majority of the plant based food we consume is from annual crops? In terms of sustainability and food security, the seasonal vegetable garden should only be considered supplemental to what is possible through perennial cultivation.

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 terms...

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 differences...

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 researched...

Gearing Up for Pecan Street

Gearing Up for Pecan Street

Austin's 39th annual fall Pecan Street Festival is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for September 21 and 22 and join Daniel and Daniela for a smashing good time. We will have our own booth on Pecan Street (6th Ave. in Austin, Texas) to sign and sell books...

Upcycling is Art

Upcycling is Art

There's a new (perhaps reinvented) eco trend sweeping the globe and it is gaining popularity everywhere from school rooms to high fashion runways and art portfolios. Upcycling is the process of turning trash into treasure! I've seen high schoolers make lovely silver...

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative landscaping practices will be one of the most direct solutions to solving our global warming problem before it becomes a climate catastrophe. Soil and rain produce vegetation. Flooding erodes topsoil. Drought dries out vegetation which is then susceptible...

The Path of Plastic

The Path of Plastic

Cheers to another successful year of (fill in the blank). Everyone toasts with their plastic champagne cups, then bottoms up and into the garbage. The staff takes out the industrial size garbage bag full of cheap plastic and tosses it into the dumpster. In the...

Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Picking

Everything's bigger in Texas, or so they say. It's June, so naturally we sunscreened up and drove out to the blueberry farm to fill our buckets. We took our northern friends who were only familiar with Alaskan groundberries (lowbush variety). They had never seen such...

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