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 […]
Learn how to build free raised beds using cord wood. Softwood logs are not suitable for using in indoor wood stoves due to creosote buildup issues. Unless you have an external boiler or a portable sawmill, one of the best uses for them is in raised beds. Cord wood raised beds are free to build […]
Raised beds have many benefits over in ground gardens: they are often easier to care for, create higher yields and look nice. Learn to build really simple raised beds in just a few hours.
Here we are in the last month of the year. Many of us will ignore the garden as holiday preparations take precedence. Others are looking forward to next year. Either way, there’s plenty to do in the garden to make the springtime garden more manageable. Here’s what I do in the December garden.
Weeds often take over areas of your garden. Come and see the ‘transition’ of replacing older beds that become invaded by weeds into something new! We built a large raised bed with split logs from the forest and a permaculture sheet mulched bed (lasagna gardening).