Landscaping & Garden Planning

How to Propagate Plants by Layering

How to Propagate Plants by Layering

If you’re looking for a low risk, low cost way to propagate your garden plants, try the technique called layering. Unlike other propagation methods such as cuttings and grafting, layering allows you to establish a good strong root system on the new...

Propagation by Cuttings: Wounding vs Heel Cutting

Propagation by Cuttings: Wounding vs Heel Cutting

When taking cuttings of difficult to propagate plants, especially in the semi-ripe and hardwood stages, it is often necessary to take a special step to encourage root formation. There are two choices of which step you will take for your cuttings: wounding...

Landscaping with Edible Plants

Landscaping with Edible Plants

Our grandparents or great grandparents did not have to think about what to plant in their landscape, it just made sense to plant something that you can eat. With the shift of populations to urban areas, people stopped using edible plants in...

How to Design a Raised Bed

How to Design a Raised Bed

Raised beds are useful for lots of gardening situations: they’re easier to reach, can reduce some pest problems, and are good for depleted or rocky soils (or driveways or patios) where regular garden beds cannot be established. A well-constructed raised bed can...

Urban Gardening Without a Yard

Urban Gardening Without a Yard

The new methods being developed for urban farming are great for gardeners looking to be more efficient with their use of space, but usually this refers to maximizing space in small yards for raising veggies, chickens or even small livestock. These space-saving...

Plant a Food Forest Now!

It’s perennial vegetable planting season - the perfect time to begin your permaculture food forest! Welcome to the Forest Food forests are a new innovation in edible landscaping. Imagine walking through a beautiful yard where nearly everything around you is edible. But...

What to Plant in Your Winter Garden

Don’t leave your garden just yet! Late Fall and early Winter is the time to plant some easy edibles, put in some spring-blooming bulbs, and scatter the sweeps of wildflowers that will be a delight come Spring and Summer. Tricia has Winter...

Cover Crops

Cover Crops

Why Plant a Cover Crop? To provide erosion control. To build the soil’s organic matter and humus content and improve the structure. To increase the microbial activity and biomass in the topsoil and provide food for the soil microbes and earthworms which...

Herbs for Your Spiral Garden

Herbs for Your Spiral Garden

Without an herb garden, I doubt I would be able to cook a meal. Nothing adds more flavor to a meal than freshly harvested herbs. By the way, I just tried this zipstripper to help harvest the leaves of some of my...