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How To Design An Edible Hedgerow For Your Homestead

How To Design An Edible Hedgerow For Your Homestead

Are you looking for a landscape design solution that will create privacy, increase your food production, provide wildlife habitat, and add beauty to your yard? Then, how about planting an edible hedgerow?

Wait, what’s a hedgerow? A hedgerow is simply a hedge of trees and/or shrubs that often borders a road, property line, or fence. Historically, hedgerows have been used for windbreaks, growing food, timber, and basket-making materials, and living fences. These are all great functions that be woven into your home’s edible landscape.

How to Use Companion Planting to Your Advantage

How to Use Companion Planting to Your Advantage

Companion planting is one of the many tools gardeners can use to grow amazingly productive and healthy vegetable gardens.

Companion planting is essentially planting crops together that support each other in some way. For example:

  • Planting onions, leeks, rosemary, or sage near your carrots will help repel carrot flies.

  • Planting aromatic herbs like dill, sage, peppermint, and rosemary with cabbage family plants supports the cabbage family plants.

  • Planting summer savory with green beans helps deter bean beetles and also improves the flavor of the beans.

8 Worry-Free and Remarkable Tricks to Managing Water in Your Garden

8 Worry-Free and Remarkable Tricks to Managing Water in Your Garden

Watering your garden can look drastically different depending on your local climate. When I lived in Portland, OR, the majority of precipitation fell in the winter months, leaving the summers completely dry (with almost guaranteed beautiful weather all summer long - perfect for vacationing!). But for gardeners, this posed a problem. Either you needed to plant a xeriscape garden or plan to water your garden regularly.

In this blog post I’m going to talk about a couple different non-traditional watering techniques and some on-site water-saving techniques. The water saving techniques don’t necessarily mean collecting the rainwater in a container; instead, you can actually store rainwater in the soil!

The Best 5 Books for the DIY Edible Gardener

The Best 5 Books for the DIY Edible Gardener

If you're a gardener or lover of gardening books, you likely know that the gardening book selection is vast.  It can even be overwhelming.  When I lived in Portland, OR, I would spend hours just browsing books in the gardening section of Powell's Books (the best bookstore I've ever been to, by the way).  Libraries are often well-stocked with gardening books, too.  

I've put together a list of five gardening books that I absolutely love.  If you're overwhelmed by all the choices at your favorite book store, online retailer, or library, take a look at these books to get started.  Then search around some more and decide which other books suit your gardening (and learning) style.

5 Sensational Resources For a Delightful Garden

5 Sensational Resources For a Delightful Garden

The rain has returned to Portland and the leaves are beginning to change colors. The daylight is getting shorter. Fall is here and our bodies naturally want to focus inward. During this time of year, I bring my love for gardening indoors through books. I've been reading some amazing books lately on plant medicine (which I'll write about this winter) but today I have five gardening books that I want to tell you about. 

What's so special about these books? They are fantastic resource for any climate and they are the books I turn to often and/or frequently recommend to my friends and clients. 

How to Grow Enough Garlic For a Year

How to Grow Enough Garlic For a Year

I get so excited when September arrives and I can plant our annual garlic crop. Why? I'll be completely honest with you. Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow, plus it fills the empty garden spaces left by my summer veggies. Here are a few suggestions for growing enough garlic for your household.

How to Make My Favorite Dandelion Flower Cookies

How to Make My Favorite Dandelion Flower Cookies

I wish I had captured my friend's face when she took her first bite. Before I stepped away to grab more tea, my friend said, "This plate might be empty by the time you get back." She wasn't kidding. She ate several cookies during our visit and took the recipe and four more cookies home for her family. 

DIY Crafts: Christmas Wreaths

DIY Crafts: Christmas Wreaths

Here's a quick and easy photo tutorial of how to make a wreath out of items you find in your garden or on a walk in nature.  This wreath is made with Doug fir and rosemary branches plus a few extra cones.

  1. Gather supplies: wreath frame, plant material, strong scissors or pruner, thin wire
  2. Make bundles of branches, about 6" long
  3. Secure the bundles at the base with wire...