The Herb Spiral, An Adventure that Transforms your Gardening.

If you’re fairly new to gardening, the herb spiral is one of the best begining gardening adventures! Creating one of these beautiful, functional pieces of landscape art will naturally teach you some of the most important gardening wisdom, wisdom that’s often left out of other “beginning gardening” classes and programs. If you’ve been gardening a few years growing ornamentals or annual vegetables, making an herb spiral might just transform the way you garden forever! This is a spiral garden bed design promoted by Bill Mollison, is a great model of what we’re aiming for with “Transformative Adventures,” a learning experience … Continue reading The Herb Spiral, An Adventure that Transforms your Gardening.

Designing Polycultures

Because polyculture, growing many plants together, instead of just one alone (monoculture), can reduce pests, disease, and weeds, conserve water, improve soil health and fertility, eliminate the need for tilling and reduce our dependence on chemicals, fossil fuels and poisonous biocides, polyculture is one of the most important elements of Permaculture. It can certainly be the key to a much easier way of gardening! And yet, because it’s an advanced kind of gardening that requires detailed plant knowledge, experience, observation and experimentation, it remains one of the most mysterious, and least discussed.  Time to de-mystify polyculture!  Because this type of … Continue reading Designing Polycultures

The Search for the Holy Hamburger Bush: Plants for an Easy Fast Food Garden

In foraging circles, you often hear of concepts like “hamburger bushes,” because, alas… they do not exist. There are no plants that produce fruits or vegetables that are easy and convenient, and provide a full balanced meal without any kind of processing. You can’t just go out into the woods and pick a hamburger off a tree. I was chatting about this with a foraging friend of mine on a drive across state, and he had a vegan chocolate chip protein cookie, that was basically a very tasty balanced meal. Even for those of us who are pretty resilient and … Continue reading The Search for the Holy Hamburger Bush: Plants for an Easy Fast Food Garden