A tomato grows between winter crops.Succession gardening is when you start a new season’s crop in between last season’s crop without removing it. In this picture, you can see we have planted a tomato (a summer crop) in between the brussels sprouts (a winter crop). Succession gardening is a great way to maximize space in your garden, extend your growing season and retain moisture in your soil. The density of the leaves creates a moist microclimate, a condition which ultimately helps the plants thrive. Think about the canopy of a rainforest, and how moisture rises up from the ground, collects and condenses on the bottoms of the leaves and falls or trickles back down to the soil. Water loss is reduced in cycles such as these. The same is true for your back yard vegetable patch.

Something else you might want to keep in mind is staggering planting times. Few people need a hundred radishes at once, but if you plant what you need every few weeks, you’ll have a fresh, steady supply and you won’t need to preserve an overabundance (unless that’s your intention, of course).

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

  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

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

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...

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