Natural Gardening with Permaculture Methods

Natural gardening and back to Eden.

Permaculture Natural Gardening The principles of permaculture natural gardening follows Mother Nature’s lead. It just makes sense for the best longterm sustainable growing plan for the healthiest food and yard and garden ecosystem. What’s good for us and our garden’s ecosystem is also good for the planet. “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than … Read more


An Urban Homestead Growing 7,000 Pounds on 1/10th Acre

A Story of What’s Possible If you’d love to farm, but don’t yet have the land, take heart. It’s proven possible to create an urban homestead on less than 1/4 acre of land when you swap grass for food. Now gardening is work. This is not about an easy way to make money or to … Read more


Battling the Bad Beetles

battling beetles, Japanese beetles

The First Week of July The hotter days of July have ushered in two types of marauders: Japanese Beetles and Mexican Bean Beetles. Bad beetles. Even though we’ve been very diligent with spraying the protectant kaolin clay (Surround WP), the beetle hordes have persisted.  Organic Pest Control for Bad Beetles Spinosad for Japanese Beetles We’re … Read more


How to Make a Worm Farm and Castings for under $20

Homemade Worm Farm Compost Bins Shannon Black has it going on! She makes her own vermiculture worm bins and shows us how to make a worm farm for under $20. When we shared an article on vermiculture1) on the Gardens All Facebook Page, Shannon Black posted some great comments.  That sparked a lengthy Facebook conversation … Read more


Birds That Eat Mosquitoes and Bad Garden Bugs

Eastern Bluebird eats mosquitoes

You can create a bird sanctuary for insectivore birds that eat mosquitoes for natural pest control in the garden. While some birds can be a nuisance in the garden, birds are an essential part of a healthy garden ecosystem. We enjoy feeding birds in winter. Not only is it pleasurable to bird watch the local … Read more


Natural Garden Weed Control that’s Free

Herbicide Free and Worm Friendly EDITOR’S NOTE: We needed a natural garden weed control that’s cheap, natural, organic and effective without harming the environment.  Now we know weeding can be therapeutic and even enjoyable. Gardeners tell us they find it relaxing or else stress relief for annoyances they may experience. Besides which, gardeners just want … Read more


Loving Marconi Peppers – Red and Green!

We Love Our Marconi Peppers! We’ve grown the Marconi Peppers (red variety), Capsicum annum, for three straight growing seasons. These Marconi sweet peppers come on a bit late with beautiful long green fruits that gradually redden as the season progresses. Audio Article – Marconi Peppers:   We procured the seed from Baker Creek/,  and though … Read more


Fall Garden Maintenance and Tips

Garden Newsletter With three weeks of summer remaining before the fall equinox—as of this writing—we’re proceeding with the changeover to our fall/winter crops. So fall garden maintenance and tips is the theme for today. Season transitions always have their challenges because you can still have temperature swings that leave crops vulnerable. In our zone 7a, … Read more


Garden Newsletter: Humble Gardener, Lessons, and Butterfly Plants

In the Garden I warned them. Told them straight up. If you guys don’t put on some pumpkins, you’re outta here! And after fighting off squash vine borers, squash bugs, and powdery mildew, they still refused to do anything but grow more vines. The little fruits would form but never mature. So, out they came, … Read more


In the Garden Newsletter: Hummingbird Food, Storing Seeds, and More Rain!

In Our Garden Another week of deluge! Somebody special must be doing a rain dance marathon. We live on a hill above a creek and a bog and with the flooding in our area, it looks like a big lake down the hill. We always wanted a lakefront property and, at least for a day … Read more