Permaculture

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.

6 (More) Permaculture Principles For Your Edible Landscape

6 (More) Permaculture Principles For Your Edible Landscape

My first post about permaculture talked about six of the 12 permaculture design principles and how they can be applied to your garden. 

This post will discuss the next six principles: produce no waste, design from patterns to details, integrate rather than segregate, use and value diversity, use edges and value the marginal, and creatively use and respond to change. 



How to Design Your Super Useful Fruit Tree Guild

How to Design Your Super Useful Fruit Tree Guild

Fruit trees are an integral part of edible landscaping.  They offer shade, fruit, seasonal interest, structure to your garden design, and so much more.  One simple way we can support the fruit trees in your edible garden is through planting fruit tree guilds.  Fruit tree guilds are one of the countless permaculture design techniques that can be applied to your home garden.

What are fruit tree guilds?  They are human-made communities of plants that are located beneath and surrounding fruit trees.  These plants have specific qualities that will support your fruit tree: nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, compost makers, and insect / pollinator attractors.  Some plants serve more than one purpose in the guild (and may also be food or medicine for you, too).

6 Permaculture Principles for Your Edible Landscape

6 Permaculture Principles for Your Edible Landscape

When I first learned about permaculture, I was blown away by the profound accessibility to the design principles.  Reading over the 12 principles, I remember thinking, "This makes complete and total sense.”  Applied to our gardens, permaculture is basically a design system which is intended to mimic patterns and relationships in nature while also providing food and energy.  In a nutshell, it's very smart design that focuses on the relationships between things, rather than on separate objects or pieces of your landscape.  This interconnectedness reduces your work, increases your harvest, and returns energy back to our wonderful earth. 

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. 

What Your Herb Spiral Could Look Like Next Year

What Your Herb Spiral Could Look Like Next Year

Last spring I built an herb spiral in my backyard.  It was added as an extension to my medicinal garden.  I wrote a blog post about it with instructions for building your own herb spiral, plus photos of my process.

A few days ago, I had a great question about sheet mulching in regards to my herb spiral.  Check out Alison's question and my response in my original Herb Spiral blog post: http://www.dailyharvestdesigns.com/blog/2015/3/26/herb-spirals.  She also asked how my herb spiral is doing one year later. 

Here are some photos of my herb spiral today.  Enjoy!

How to Design the Landscape of Your Dreams

How to Design the Landscape of Your Dreams

Designing your landscape isn't rocket science, but there is a method to the madness.  "What's the problem with planting without a plan?"  There are many things that could go wrong, such as overlooking the mature size of plants which often leads to overcrowding, plants too close to structures, and large plants smothering smaller plants. 

With a plan, you can maximize your space by pairing complimentary things in the landscape, like your lounging space under a future shade tree.  One other huge benefit to a landscape plan is creating a space that is easy to maintain.  That alone is enough reason for most people to take the time for a landscape plan.

When designing your landscape, here are 5 steps to follow:

How to Garden Now So You're Prepared Later

How to Garden Now So You're Prepared Later

Have you thought about what you'd do if you didn't have access to food from your local grocery store, the farmer's market, or your weekly CSA share?  Do you know how to grow any food yourself? 

Keeping a supply of water and non-perishable food on hand is recommended for emergency preparedness, but having fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, etc. available in your own garden can help keep you fed now and in a time of need. 

Daily Harvest Designs weaves food, medicine, shelter, water storage, and more into beautiful and functional landscapes.  This makes it easy to incorporate food into your landscape while maintaining a beautiful and functional yard.