Cultivating a relationship with the beneficial insects in your area is a vital aspect of sustainable permaculture, and offering them a habitat nearby will encourage them to stick around.
Some people get high tech and use a fish tank aerator for their compost tea, but I just use my stick to slosh everything around for about an hour until it's properly frothy.
Keyhole gardens are ideal for small yards: they don't waste space, and are easier to harvest.
Making potting soil isn't just cost effective—it also gives you control over your plants' nutrients.
It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, but it's also incentive to do some research about which vegetables can be re-grown on a countertop. It's really quite startling to see just how much can be grown from leftover scraps: all you need is water, and a sunny spot to place the plants, and within a week or two you'll have a fresh batch of edibles to enjoy.
If you've grown amazing varieties, save their seeds to grow again next year!
Autumn. There are many things to love about this most anticipated of seasons (yes, even more anticipated than Christmas, 'cos winter's after that). Everyone will say it's the sweaters, the layers, the changing colours and the casting off of sweaty, sand scoured mosquito bites that they love most; but for me, it's always about The … Continue reading An Apple a Day (is not enough!)
DIY repellents such as these can be quite effective alternatives to their more toxic counterparts, and use essential oils to fend off mosquitoes, black flies, and more.
If you don't love pickles, don't bother reading this one. Seriously, it's all about beloved pickled vegetables, from gherkins and bread-and-butter pickle slices to spicy pickled beets, cauliflower, and sauerkraut.
by MK Martin There are one or two mentions of Pagan solstice festivals in the facebook feed these days. Midwinter is a 'trend', and did you know that Santa was really tripping on mushrooms? But one I've never heard of, until I went looking, is Yalda. I'll only give some brief details, as it's worth … Continue reading Yalda: Midwinter in Iran