Plant functions in the permaculture garden – video

For about 15 years now I’ve been experimenting with fruit tree guilds. Most of the plants I plant in the herb layer under my fruit trees are edible and/or medicinal but they fulfil other functions, too – some fix nitrogen…

No Dig Organic Home & Garden – book review

There are gardeners who embrace the repetitive nature of gardening and are content to grow the same vegetables in the same way, year after year. And then there are gardeners who approach every season as a new adventure, an opportunity…

Our berry hedge – video

Like all urban backyards, ours is surrounded on all sides by walls and fences. Instead of complaining about the shade, I choose to see this as an opportunity to grow lots of crops vertically. Depending on how warm or shady…

Edible polyculture in a container – video

I have this big tub that I bought from a second-hand store many years ago. I used to fill it with water for my kids to play with in the garden but when they were no longer interested, I turned…

Rhubarb big crumb cake

Most of the time it’s just the two of us working in the garden so on the rare occasion that we get some help I’m always amazed by how much can be done in a couple of hours. About two…

May tour of the kitchen garden

It’s finally gotten warmer which means the plant growth has accelerated. Up till now things were moving slowly – April was cold with some heavy frosts and I was delaying planting out non-hardy vegetables like tomatoes and squash. But with…