Today, so many people want to grow and eat food that’s healthy and safe. We plant. We tend. We try to use organic methods and get our kids involved. Yet we find ourselves overwhelmed by challenges and the garden we have in mind seems impossible to grow in real life. When I asked how your garden did… Continue reading »
What is the best compost method? In this infographic, discover the methods successful composters are using in their homes and gardens. If you want to compost, there’s a way to do it no matter where you live! On-site or off, inside or out, simple or complex, this flowchart can help you navigate the possibilities. Below the… Continue reading »
I witnessed a miracle in Kim Bailey’s kitchen. On the day I visited, dozens prepared for the miracle by eating Kim’s specialty: milkweed. The eaters? Monarch caterpillars. The miracle? Metamorphosis!
Fall is here and so are the leaves. Fall leaves in the yard can be a nuisance—something you have to clean off your yard so the grass doesn’t die. Bag ’em up and drag ’em to the curb. What a pain! At least, I used to think that way.
The smashed remains of a nectarine, spent coffee grounds, a handful of egg shells, three banana peels…I can’t bring myself to throw this stuff in the trash. Is that weird? I mean, these are raw materials.
Give your bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects a refreshing drink without inviting mosquitoes into your yard using this simple waterer. Summer’s here and it’s time for water play! Don’t you love that feeling of diving into the lake or wading in a cool creek or just sitting with your feet in the kiddie pool?
When Matt Powers sees problems like climate change, hunger, and poverty, he also sees hope. Matt and his family have faced some life-changing challenges. Despite the problems of the world, he knows how much promise lies in seeds, soil, and curious human minds.
When he was eight years old, Ian McKenna started fighting. He was fighting hunger with a giving garden. He shared his harvest with a local food bank and has grown ever since. Now 12 years old, Ian cares for three gardens using organic methods. His younger sister helps, too!
Starting a garden from scratch can be a miserable experience, especially if the ground is hard and the area you want to use is full of grass or weeds. But how can you start a garden without tilling or digging to prepare the area? The answer is sheet mulching, and in this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll show you… Continue reading »
What’s the difference between lasagna gardening and sheet mulching? Here’s a quick look at the similarities and differences.
“A happy family growing our own food and living the permaculture homestead dream.” That’s how Justin Rhodes describes life. He and his wife Rebekah grow food and homestead with their four children, ages 1-8, not too far from us in western North Carolina. I had a chance to talk with Justin, aka the “permaculture chicken ninja… Continue reading »
Fall is coming to western NC. The morning air is crisp, and the leaves are hinting of colorful changes ahead. To celebrate fall’s arrival, we’re doing a big composting giveaway here on the blog. The Rake & Roll Composting Giveaway ended Monday, Sept. 19., 2016. Update: The winner has been drawn! Thank you to everyone who entered and shared… Continue reading »