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How to Identify and Use the Common Mullein

Natural Uses and in Survival Situations
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5:33 PM
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How to Start Your Seeds Indoors

The basics of Spring seedling propagation
Friday, February 19, 2016, 5:21 PM

It’s that time of year when you can start planning for your planting!

Many people are beginning to plant vegetables and flowers indoors in order to transplant them outdoors when the weather is warm enough. This helps you get a head start on your spring garden. Check out the advice below to see what things you can do to start your indoor seeds. » Read more

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Health Benefits of 15 Teas

Exploring various tea options
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 6:00 PM

An interesting look at various teas and how they can be used for a healthful beverage.

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Phil Williams

How to Build and Plant Large Hugelkultur Berms

The steps to creating fertile plants spaces
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:02 PM

Hugelkultur is basically soil over wood. Hugel beds can be any size, use different sizes of stumps and branches, and different decomposition stages of the wood & different types of wood. There are allelopathic trees that you would not want to dominate your wood. It is OK to have a little black walnut, spruce, or hackberry but these alellopathic trees should not predominate. Also, if you use mostly pine, you will end up with more acidity in the soil. » Read more

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Phil Williams

Using Garden Fertilizers

The basics for improved growing conditions
Monday, April 20, 2015, 8:53 AM

If you are growing an annual vegetable garden, having sufficient fertility is of paramount importance. Most people know that plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to grow. These elements are represented on fertilizer bags everywhere in percentage terms by the three numbers prominently displayed. For example a 24-18-12 fertilizer has 24% nitrogen, 18% phosphorus, and 12 percent potassium. This is also an example of a chemical fertilizer.

This I can tell simply because the percentages are too high for an organic fertilizer. An organic fertilizer rarely has more than a single digit percentage of any of the NPK ratio. There are also secondary elements and micronutrients that are often overlooked but still vital. For example, if you have a calcium deficiency you can apply all the NPK you want, but the plant will not be able to use it. » Read more

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Growing Nitrogen Fixing Plants

Great garden companions for fertility
Monday, March 9, 2015, 3:38 PM

For those of you into permaculture, you know the importance of nitrogen fixing plants. These plants, especially when pruned release nitrogen into the soil, helping to boost fertility to the plants nearby. By practicing chop and drop when moisture exceeds evaporation, you can supercharge the establishment of a food forest, or a timber forest. These plants can also be great companions in a garden or orchard. Be careful in the garden, as some nitrogen fixers can be invasive. » Read more

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Edible Wild Plants

Wilderness Survival Guide
Friday, February 27, 2015, 6:01 PM

A great infographic on the various plants one can find in the wilderness to survive on and consume in emergency situations.

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40 Edible Plants That Will Grow in Partial Shade

Crops to grow in the shade of your food forest
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 1:51 PM

Learn about crops that don't require full sun to grow and prosper in your food production plans and garden.

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Multi-Functional Plants for the Permaculture Garden

The many reasons / uses for a variety of plants
Monday, September 29, 2014, 11:26 AM

If you have a choice of planting a tree, shrub, vine, herbaceous plant, or groundcover that only has one function or another species that fills that desired function and also provides three other benefits, why wouldn't you plant the more functional species. In permaculture, elements of our designs should serve at least 3 functions. Many species can do much better than that. Below is a list of some of my favorite multi-functional plants that I am currently using on my permaculture site. » Read more

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8 Lightning-Fast Vegetables For Your Fall Garden

Quick growing for a fall bounty.
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:50 PM

With August just around the corner, its time to starting thinking about and planting the fall garden spaces.  Here are 8 varieties to keep in mind.