Course Overview Apply for the course here Healthy, fertile soil is the key to growing abundant, nutrient-rich food. Organic gardeners recognize that their job is to build rich soil; abundant, nutrient-rich food is just a by-product of healthy soil. Feed the soil…
February is a good time for planning next steps. This part of the garden stands alone and so it is easy to plan this bit without having to make a definite plan for the rest of the garden. I’m starting small with a self contained project, this helps me not to get overwhelmed.
At the moment, I have all my herbs in pots at the front of the garden, there are concrete slabs that I hate and stones and bushes. I don’t like the area and some of the bushes are non-native and not serving a purpose. I have some good healthy herbs at the moment in pots and will be able to recycle the stones to go in a path in zone 3.
I’m thinking of building a spiral herb garden in my zone 1 right in the front of my house. A spiral herb garden is is a round garden, spiralling up in the middle with herbs planted around the spiral. It is about 1.5 metres high and wide. This will allow me to make excellent use of a small space, because of the curves and the height. This design offers various micro climates depending on which way the sun crosses, the winds flow and the how the plants interconnect with each other. Oil rich herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender and Sage can be planted on the top south side, while the north, moist and sheltered side is good for leafy herbs like mint, coriander and parsley. The biodiversity is good for the plants and also the insects and wild life. Learn more
By observing the elements in the garden; air, water, fire and earth, you can work out what you need to do to change the way that the energies flow if you find that your micro-climates are not working well for you. By changing the flow of the energies, you can change the micro-climate. The first thing to do is a zone and sector analysis map so that you can record your observations and gain a deeper understanding of the area that you are working with.
This is about assessing how energy and time are used in your system and how the sectors influence the your land in the various zones. Learn more
There are 12 key design principles of Permaculture that explain how nature works. They are the building blocks of life. Here they will be outlined, but I will expand on each of them as I learn more! Learn more
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Cynthia today at Forest Glen Herb Farm near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. It is no wonder that she has won so many prestigious Canadian gardening awards. She weaves seamlessly between growing, producing and creating spectacular dried flower arrangements, artisan produce, soaps, teas and fragrant products. The first thing that hits you when you enter the shop is the overwhelming smell of healing herbs. It is truly a sanctuary and a place to recharge. Learn more
This is my contribution to Blog Action Day 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) is a dangerous and destructive practice that infringes on the rights of individuals and communities. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. Learn more
The Fourth Week In August has been about harvesting and preserving. I made my first chutney this week and it was pure alchemy! I used a massive marrow, onions, brown sugar, raisins, apples, chilli, garlic and lots of ginger. The…
Leaving the garden in the height of harvesting season is not easy. First of all you have to leave your beloved garden, second you miss out on daily produce and third the work piles up behind you and you risk…
The weather has changed this week, it’s cooler and almost autumnal. The garden now looks like a market place, full of ripe vegetables ready to be eaten. Lots of golden runner beans, courgettes, lettuce and tomatoes ready. I have planted more lettuce for a late crop along with Christmas Cabbage King, a variety that will be ready for Christmas. Hopefully, the Cabbage Whites will leave this lot alone! Learn more
I have only just started keeping chickens and so I am really new to it and know nothing. However, I am going to record what I learn as I go along and hopefully this will help other people get started…