Gardening is easy when you start out with great soil. But what do you do when all you get is a layer of hard packed dirt with rock underneath? What if you have sandy soil, acid soil, or straight clay? How can you grow your own food, even when you have poor soil?
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 […]
Just a story of our garlic planting and results – in only our second year! If you haven’t tried growing garlic, you may change your mind after seeing our success. We are now picking the last spring plants from the bed where our future planting will be, and the bulbs are set aside for when […]
We wanted to increase our pea production- here’s how we did it.
I love wildlife, but I don’t love sharing my garden spoil with them. Even with a half-acre main preservation garden, a herd of deer can wipe all our hard work out in no time. These raised bed planters were not only cheap and easy to make, but they’ve saved our strawberries from getting eaten by […]
We do Not have room for a compost pile. We used to have a 3 pile system that was half the size of our current garden. It’s about Space isn’t it ? We have learned to use the pathways between our raised beds and let composted leaves and manure work just below where we walk.