Invasive fire ants are spreading across the country killing native insects, plants, and animals. And they HURT! Take a look at how you are creating a fire ant paradise, and make your yard less inviting to fire ants and healthier overall.
In my first urban homestead in Portland, there was a large cedar tree in the front yard. As I looked out my living room window, the first thing I always saw was hard packed, barren dirt under this tree. I tried to plant groundcovers, shade tolerant veggies, ANYTHING! But nothing would grow. Finally, I stumbled […]
A huge project we tackled this summer was ripping out the rotting and falling-down fence that both circled and divided our land. But now we need a fence! Our solution is to go for the much more time-consuming, yet much older technique of growing a living hedge around our property, and we’re documenting it as […]
A food forest, or edible forest garden, is a food production strategy that mimics a woodland ecosystem. Find out how to create a low-maintenance, perennial, permaculture garden with edible rewards!
A guild is a grouping of plants that supports a central element—such as a fruit tree—for maximum harvest and use of space. Learn more about this permaculture technique for creating a low-maintenance system that also improves biodiversity.
One of the most sustainable, long term ways of getting food out of your yard is by developing a food forest. Starting a food forest can seem like a complex thing, but really once you have designed the main layout, you can continue to keep adding to your food forest over the coming months and […]