Categorie: Gardening

The garden in 2017

So far February has been the coldest months this winter and more cold weather is expected in the coming weeks, so it will be a while longer before we can start sowing outside. I want to use this time-out to…

18 goals for 2018

Do you make resolutions? Set goals? I usually have a few things I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year, but this time when I sat down to write a list of my gardening goals, I ended…

Harvesting on December 1st – video

Being self-sufficient is easy during the summer months and fall but becomes less so when temperatures start dropping bellow freezing. Little will grow now, when it’s cold and the days are short and gloomy, which is why our winter crops…

7 more winter squash varieties – video

Every year we cover a strip of ground under the trees of our young food forest with cardboard to eradicate perennial weed and then plant squash through holes in the cardboard. Later, this space will be planted with perennial herbs…

Week of eating from the garden – September

It’s Wednesday evening and I’m finally sitting down to look back at what we’d made with our beautiful harvest. The abundance at this moment is such that, to be honest, I did not even get around to using everything –…

Harvesting in September – video

September is a time of wonderful abundance in the garden – most of the summer vegetables are still producing while the cool weather crops are coming into their own. Which means we’re picking lots of sweet corn, zucchini, tomatoes and…

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…

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…

Easy polyculture of annual vegetables – video

One of the main principles of permaculture is diversity. Taking a hint from nature and combining plants into diverse polycultures instead of growing row upon row of the same thing  makes great use of the space available, discourages disease and…

March 2017 in our permaculture garden – video!

Mid-March is usually the time when we can start sowing and planting outside but it’s also the last possibility to plant bare-root trees – here are some things that we’re up to in our garden this month! For an early…

The garden in 2016

Even though I still call our garden ‘the new garden’, we have a full year of tending our dream plot behind us and it may be time to drop the ‘new’. I can’t wait for the 2017 season to start…

How to plant a bulb lasagne in a container – video

Every fall, I plant lots of spring bulbs. Even if I forget to plant garlic (and I still have not planted any this year!), I will plant some crocuses, tulips and daffodils, together with some more obscure spring bulbs like…