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Permaculture for Beginners: Take it Slow!
Using permaculture design techniques in your home garden can seem overwhelming – especially if you’re a new gardener, with a small space. With Permaculture for the Rest of Us, author Jenni Blackmore breaks these methods down into small steps anyone can take, and enjoy an abundant garden the first year! In this excerpt from the book, Jenni gives simple, practical instructions for growing four starter staple crops using simple permaculture ideas in any space, and provides the most important tips for any garden.
No-till Methods for Sustainable Organic Market Farming – and Gardening Too!
In Practical No-till Farming, author Andrew Mefferd provides a quick-and-dirty guide to transitioning your farm or market garden to no-till methods, including a comprehensive look at the many benefits to doing so. No-till is a great option for sustainable organic vegetable and flower farming, saving time, improving soil health, and much more. In this excerpt from “Part I: The Why of No-till,” Andrew gives an overview of the pros of no-till farming, followed in the book by detailed explanations of how to manage the transition.
Growing Berries for Food and Profit
In The Berry Grower, author Blake Cothron discusses why and how to maximize your berry and small fruit harvest – whether in your backyard, small farm, or as a relatively easy value-added product for your existing organic farm. In this excerpt, he makes a convincing case for adding small fruits and berries, whether you’re an experienced grower or a beginner. Converting your backyard from grass into fruit production is a very rewarding process. As well as harvesting household fruit, there is also the viable possibility of marketing excess fruit — as well as the seeds, cuttings, and fruit plants themselves. These products are high value and in-demand and can often be harvested from the same planting.
Composting Questions Answered
In this interview, Robert Pavlis, author of Compost Science for Gardeners answers some interesting questions about composting, including a question that was asked by a reader on social media.
As author Andrew Boyd demonstrates, we must go through a grieving process in order to move forward on climate issues. But how do we do that? And are we even sure what, exactly, we’re grieving? In this excerpt from I Want a Better Catastrophe, Boyd begins to unpack this tangled-up topic.
How does composting affect climate change?
In Compost Science for Gardeners, author Robert Pavlis offers a science-based approach to help home gardeners choose the best method for their situation. For today’s blog, Robert looks at the climate benefits of home composting. Does composting create CO2? The short answer is yes, but composting correctly ensures that the majority of that CO2 isn’t released into the air.
Author Interview with John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist
Today’s blog is an Interview with John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, authors of Homemade for Sale, Second Edition, featuring a question that was asked by a reader on social media.
The Benefits of Composting
Robert Pavlis, author of Plant Science for Gardeners, talks about the topic of gardening and how to do it in the context of climate change.
Chinese New Year 2023 - The Year of the Rabbit
January 22 marks the beginning of Chinese New Year with the first new moon of the lunar year, and ends 15 days later on February 1st, the full moon. Though this celebration is probably most familiarly known as the Chinese New Year, it is also celebrated as new year or spring festivals by many other Asian cultures.
Garden Dreams in Winter
For most gardeners – and aspiring gardeners – winter is the perfect time to start planning and dreaming about next year’s garden. Whether it’s a few pots on a balcony, or a tiny backyard bed, a community garden plot, or even a small market garden, it’s exciting to think about spring and new plants, and delicious homegrown food.
Staying Warm for Less
It’s a Chilly Time of Year (in the Northern Hemisphere) As the year winds down, the days get shorter – and colder – and many of us are spending more time inside at home than usual. This time of year can bring festivities, much-needed quiet time, or a restorative mix of both. Unfortunately, it’s also likely to bring soaring heating costs.
Rise and Shine!
One of the best things about holidays can be the gift of time – time to take it slow, savor each moment, and nourish the soul and the body. And instead of the hurried bite of toast or bowl of granola, slower times let us create and enjoy truly memorable meals, especially leisurely breakfasts. A warm, hearty breakfast on a cold morning is the perfect way to start the day.
Starting a Home-based Food Business
'Homemade for Sale, Second Edition' is the authoritative guide to launching a successful food enterprise from your kitchen. Available soon for purchase, It covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, providing a clear road map to go from ideas and recipes to owning a food business.
Vegan Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream and a decadent Irish Cream
Today's recipes include a vegan hot cocoa with whipped cream from Hollyhock: Garden to Table and an Irish Cream from Farmsted Chef.
Turmeric Cardamom Fizz Recipe
Looking for a fun recipe to enjoy this holiday season? DIY Kombucha offers several recipes to help you brew kombucha, Jun, wild-fermented sodas, and even water kefir. This accessible and highly visual how-to guide shows how sparkling homebrews are possible for just about anyone to make, and fun to do, too. Today’s recipe is for a Turmeric Cardamom Fizz, which is delicious & medicinally beneficial.