What Should I Do? http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/newest?title=&uid=&created= en Garden Bed and Walkway Design http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85269/garden-bed-and-walkway-design ]]><p>Like most gardeners, my fruit and vegetable gardens were setup in nice neat rows, just like you see on an industrial style farm. Granted I was using many different varieties of plants mixed together, nonetheless the beds and walkways were simply straight and boring. So if not nice neat farm rows, what options are there?</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85269/garden-bed-and-walkway-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85269/garden-bed-and-walkway-design#comments What Should I Do? Design Garden keyhole raised beds rows http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85269 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:36:38 +0000 Phil Williams 85269 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Herbs for Every Herb Garden http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85234/herbs-every-herb-garden ]]><p>Last year I moved my herb garden right next to my front door, and just off my front walkway. This made it extremely convenient to harvest fresh herbs for cooking as I needed them. I also installed an herb spiral to allow for a wide diversity of herbs to be placed in a small area. Denise and I definitely used more herbs, just because of the convenience factor. Denise can pick herbs without having to put on any outdoor shoes. I did make one mistake when I installed my herb garden. I transplanted some St. Johns Wort very close to my front step.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85234/herbs-every-herb-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85234/herbs-every-herb-garden#comments What Should I Do? Garden Herbs perennial vegetables planting http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85234 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:19:26 +0000 Phil Williams 85234 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Build an Herb Spiral: Part 2 http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85200/how-build-herb-spiral-part-2 ]]><p>An herb spiral is not meant for large scale production. It is meant to provide many different microclimates in a small space. This is beneficial because you can pack many different varieties of herbs into a small space close to your kitchen, so you can conveniently pick them as you need them. It is also garden feature that can be admired simply for its beauty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85200/how-build-herb-spiral-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85200/how-build-herb-spiral-part-2#comments What Should I Do? Garden herb spiral Herbs Permaculture planting http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85200 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:13:03 +0000 Phil Williams 85200 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Build an Herb Spiral: Part 1 http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85180/how-build-herb-spiral-part-1 ]]><p>Herb spirals are synonymous with permaculture. Most people even vaguely familiar with permaculture have encountered the famous herb spiral. The idea is to create a structure, the spiral that will have many different types of microclimates in a small easily harvestable area that looks beautiful. Herb spirals are meant to be very close to your kitchen, so you can easily go outside and pick a few fresh herbs while you are cooking. I like the idea because it adds function, beauty, and texture to the garden.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85180/how-build-herb-spiral-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85180/how-build-herb-spiral-part-1#comments What Should I Do? DIY herb spiral perma culture http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85180 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:33:33 +0000 Phil Williams 85180 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Preparing for Earthquakes http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85159/preparing-earthquakes ]]><blockquote> <p class="rtecenter"><em>[NOTE: This article is adapted from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160358322X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=160358322X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=chrismartenso-20" target="_blank">When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival</a></em><em>]</em></p> <p>Shelly and Phil Rodgers were in their home in California&rsquo;s Santa Cruz Mountains when the Loma Prieta quake struck. The epicenter was about seven miles from their home. The house shook violently and all of their cupboards opened, throwing every dish, jar, can, bookcase, television, and appliance to the floor. Phil said that the house floors undulated like a snake, appearing to change elevation by more than a foot in different parts of the house as the quake shook through. They were not able to leave the house until the earth stopped moving. Because their car keys and shoes were still inside, Phil had to brave the aftershocks and wade through broken glass to retrieve keys and shoes so they could attempt the drive to town to pick up their kids. He brought a chainsaw with him, which was needed to cut large limbs that had fallen across the road.</p> <p>On their way to town, they passed the spot where a neighbor&rsquo;s house should have been. It had been built on tall pylons overlooking the hillside. When the quake struck, it slid off the piers and down the canyon. The two occupants on the first floor managed to crawl out the door moments before it took off, but their son, who was sleeping on the second floor, went for the wildest ride of his life. He miraculously rode through it uninjured, as the first floor disintegrated and the roof split away and to the side. Another friend had a home that lacked proper shear wall nailing and adequate attachment to the foundation. This home slid off the foundation and was a total loss, receiving the &ldquo;bulldozer remodeling job.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <h2>What to Expect When an Earthquake Strikes</h2> <p>In the aftermath of a major earthquake, the public utilities usually fail, and fires tend to break out due to broken gas mains and lack of water. Most government workers are either injured themselves, or at home caring for family members. If the earthquake is a significant one, with widespread damage and casualties, in all likelihood you will be on your own for several days or more. In this case, medical attention for the wounded and rescue efforts for those trapped under debris will be the first priority, with water second, followed by shelter and food.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85159/preparing-earthquakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85159/preparing-earthquakes#comments What Should I Do? Earthquakes Preparedness http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85159 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:22:57 +0000 Mat Stein 85159 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Starting Seed Indoors VS. Direct Seeding VS. Self Seeding Annuals http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85127/starting-seed-indoors-vs-direct-seeding-vs-self-seeding-annuals ]]><p>When I first started gardening, I had a tough time figuring out what plants I should start in my greenhouse, which plants I should direct seed, and which plants I should let seed themselves. As with most gardening and permaculture questions, the answer is&hellip;&hellip;..it depends.</p> <p>Before we even get into which plants I like to start inside, which plants I like to direct seed, and which plants I like to let self-seed, I think it is important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of both methods of propagation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85127/starting-seed-indoors-vs-direct-seeding-vs-self-seeding-annuals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85127/starting-seed-indoors-vs-direct-seeding-vs-self-seeding-annuals#comments What Should I Do? Garden Growing indoor Seeds starting http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85127 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:44:44 +0000 Phil Williams 85127 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Chick Care http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85041/chick-care ]]><h2>Acquiring Baby Chicks</h2> <p>As we described in the previous article, <a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85020/how-order-and-choose-chicken-breeds" target="_blank">How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds</a>, you can order chicks online through a hatchery, and they will send them through the US Postal Service. Most hatcheries will send you chicks for $2-$3 each, but they require that you order at least 15. This allows the chicks to huddle up with each other to keep warm enough to survive the trip. If you want less than 15 chicks, as many people do, one company, MyPetChicken.com, will send small amounts of baby chicks. They provide a temporary heater with the chicks to keep the heat up during the trip to make up for the low numbers. They do charge a bit more though, but it is still inexpensive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85041/chick-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85041/chick-care#comments What Should I Do? brooder Chickens chicks http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85041 Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:11:41 +0000 Phil Williams 85041 at http://www.peakprosperity.com How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85020/how-order-and-choose-chicken-breeds ]]><p>If you are planning to start a flock of chickens or add to an existing flock, it is a good idea to do this earlier rather than later, as many hatcheries will sell out of certain breeds by spring time. If you are planning to order day old chicks, there are a few things that you should know about before placing that first order.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85020/how-order-and-choose-chicken-breeds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85020/how-order-and-choose-chicken-breeds#comments What Should I Do? Breeds Chickens chicks hatchery ordering http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85020 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:38:41 +0000 Phil Williams 85020 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Walipini Style Greenhouses http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85009/walipini-style-greenhouses ]]><p>How would you like to have fresh vegetables and fruit year round? Sounds pretty good right?&nbsp; Having an underground greenhouse will keep the temperatures hot in the winter and help prevent overheating in the summer; making it possible to grow your garden vegetables through the cold winter months.</p> <h2>How it Works</h2> <p>We all learned in school that under the earth&rsquo;s crust is magma which heats the entire sphere. Surprisingly, if you dig down 4 feet, the heating process becomes apparent. For the vast majority of the planet, 4 feet below the surface will stay between 50&deg; to 60&deg;F even if the weather above the ground is 10&deg;F with a cold wind! This phenomenon is called the <em>thermal constant</em> and it&rsquo;s what the underground greenhouse thrives on.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85009/walipini-style-greenhouses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/85009/walipini-style-greenhouses#comments What Should I Do? greenhouse underground walpini http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/85009 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:35:18 +0000 bgarrett 85009 at http://www.peakprosperity.com Introduction to Companion Planting and Crop Rotation http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/84980/introduction-companion-planting-and-crop-rotation ]]><p>When planning your next garden planting it is wise to reflect on the previous year&#39;s crops and where they were planted.&nbsp; It is vital that you are rotating your crops in your zone 1 annual gardens. If your garden features the same plants in the same places year after year, pest pressures will build, soils will become depleted, and disease will run rampant. I rotate my annuals in such a way that the soil and plants benefit. For example, I follow my greedy feeders of nitrogen in the plots where I was growing nitrogen fixing peas and beans.</p> <p><a href="http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/84980/introduction-companion-planting-and-crop-rotation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.peakprosperity.com/wsidblog/84980/introduction-companion-planting-and-crop-rotation#comments What Should I Do? companion planting crop rotation Garden http://www.peakprosperity.com/crss/node/84980 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:06:27 +0000 Phil Williams 84980 at http://www.peakprosperity.com