ideas for urban gardeners

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Rotting wood is rich stuff. In a forest, trees fall down and rot all the time. Along the way, they get buried under layers of leaves, needles and dirt. The result? Mounds of rich, broken-down biomass sustaining a huge diversity of life: mushrooms, moss, ferns, all kinds of bugs and grubs, and so on. Hugelkultur … Continue reading

Seed-saving in 6 Simple Steps

Harvest is on its way, and it’s time to start thinking about the fall chores. Turning your compost heap. Canning, fermenting, preserving. And the all-important task of seed-saving! If you’ve saved seeds before but run into difficulties, or if you’re thinking about it for the first time, here are the 6 things you need to … Continue reading

Natural Fertilizer… for Free

Okay, so what if overgrown grass isn’t your problem? What if undergrown grass is? The good news is, you don’t have to use synthetic fertilizer to get thicker, lusher, greener grass. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money, either. Actually, you don’t have to spend any. Give this a look: A fantastic … Continue reading

Can Permaculture Save My Garden? (part 2)

I got some cardboard. I took it out front, to my street-side garden bed. I spread it on the grass and watered it well. Next step, compost: I turned my pile to find out what I had cooking under there. Good stuff: warm, rank and sweet; soil in the making. But, since I don’t yet… Continue reading

Can Permaculture Save My Garden? (part 1)

Last fall, my young family and I moved to a new house: a tidy two-bedroom on about a quarter acre, 5 or 10 miles from city center. It has two cherry trees, a garden strip on the front edge of the lawn, and a fenced back yard bordered with rose, hydrangea and holly. It’s a … Continue reading

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