Growing Asparagus

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love asparagus. Not just to eat, but the romantic notion of it. Every year, I plant a few more crowns of asparagus; it has become almost a rite of spring. Asparagus grows for generations and to me, it feels as though each crown I plant is […]

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Forgaging for Wild Asparagus

I grew up with a dad who was well versed in what to eat (and what not to eat!) from the woods, the yard, and even the roadsides. Eating berries from the hillside and mushrooms from deep in the woods is one of the great pleasures in life! If you didn’t grow up with wild […]

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Seed Catalogs and Dreams of Spring

Somewhere in a dimly lit church basement, there is a group of people sitting in a circle, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, and sharing their addiction stories. Hello, I’m the homesteader’s wife, and I am addicted to seed catalogs. The seed catalogs keep coming. The more I fight the urge to oogle the images of “teacup […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Gardening, Homesteading, Permaculture, Sustainability|Comments Off on Seed Catalogs and Dreams of Spring

Ducks and Geese in the Orchard

People always ask why I let the ducks and geese loose in the orchards. They are worried the birds will eat the fruit I guess. I rarely loose fruit to the birds, but when I do, it is generally wind fallen fruit. We don’t mow the orchard area. This allows the ducks and geese to […]

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Basic Principles of Permaculture

Permaculture principles originate from witnessing nature. They are things we see happening in natural ecosystems that we want to copy. We observe nature and try to mimic Mother Nature. The principles can be viewed as guidelines to follow when we apply permaculture. Permaculture practitioners have identified many principles, but we are going to focus on […]

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Basic Permaculture Ideas

We recently realized the value of permaculture. I know, I am way behind. The new plan will integrate permaculture design principles, hugelkultur, and a few other gems. Theoretically, these methods of producing foods in a closed loop will maintain a self-sufficient system I am looking for. It is my desire to create a habitat, in […]

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