Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

Starting Your Fall Garden In Zone 8b

It's second week of July and most people are not thinking about their fall garden. They are focused on what is happening now, and the start of the summer harvest. But now is the time to get your fall crops seeded and going, so you can get them in the ground in the months of… Continue reading Starting Your Fall Garden In Zone 8b

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Building A Food Forest With Edible Perennials

One of our long-term goals on our homestead has been building densely planted food forests, where most are perennial. Planting once and eating every year has been my goal for long-term sustainability. While we have carved out garden beds to grow in (because of deer) that are fenced, 2 of the biggest beds grow wild… Continue reading Building A Food Forest With Edible Perennials

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Never Stop Chasing New Ideas

A few weeks back, a long-time permaculture instructor gave a free talk on the island. She has decades of experience, and why wouldn't we want to explore it? It was enough that after attending the discussion, I attended the first two days of her 2-week long permaculture certification class. Taking the entire class wasn't within… Continue reading Never Stop Chasing New Ideas

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Two Easy Garden Hacks To Keep You Organized

Anytime I can make my life easier when working in our gardens, so much the better. Call them gardening hacks, if you will. The first one has been in my possession for at least 8 years, and it still functions well. The used plastic coffee container: I got the tub for free, used. Washed with… Continue reading Two Easy Garden Hacks To Keep You Organized

Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

Gardening: Getting The Tomatoes and Peppers In The Ground

In theory, Mother's Day Weekend is the typical tomato and pepper planting time in the Pacific Northwest. That depends on the weather, of course, but by then, we have passed the last frost date weeks before. This year has been special. For being in a "drought," it's been cool and rainy this May. Today, as… Continue reading Gardening: Getting The Tomatoes and Peppers In The Ground