We have so many exciting things happening on The 104 Homestead this 2015 season. We’re increasing our duck flock to keep up with egg demand, we’re adding quail to our homestead, but most exciting is that we are changing the way we garden. Wait… there’s more than one way to garden? Why yes, my friends, […]
As a teacher (and forever a student) of Permaculture, I admit I become embarrassingly giddy while peeling back the layers of one principle or technique that seems to encompass that entire design science. To me, a swale is one such technique and is a quintessential Permaculture microcosm all its own. Swales store and use energy, […]
Lawns don’t offer much to the environment, but they are great things on which to walk, play Frisbee, and roll Easter eggs. If you want to protect the environment, however, you’re going to have to end your lawn’s dependence on chemicals. Much of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns are carried off by […]
Herbs help us create healthier garden ecosystems and reduce the amount of work, allowing us to have more time to sit and enjoy our garden! Herbs will fertilize, attract pollinators and beneficial insects, provide mulch, and deter pests. Without further ado, here are my top 8 most-useful herbs to have around the garden.
To double dig or not to double dig? That IS the question. It is purported as being one of gardening’s “time honored traditions” and is mentioned in some of the greatest gardening guides around. Even in a few of my favorites. Being a visual learner, for the longest time I didn’t understand the concept. I […]
Today’s post topic was inspired by one of my fabulous readers. She has been following The 104 Homestead for a bit and trying out some of our ideas. Recently she wrote to ask me if I’d considered Hugelkultur. I had no clue how to even pronounce it (it’s German), let alone what it was, so […]