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TAG : Elizabeth Stone

How to Start a Garden When You Don’t Know Anything: Step 1

A friend recently told me that she wants a garden, but she doesn’t know where to start so (once again) she’s just going to wait until next year. She thought that maybe by next year, she would (magically) have an idea what to do with her yard.  It made me chuckle a bit because I know all ...

When Things Get Shady

Shade is one of the hardest problems to work with in a garden. All plants require some amount of light throughout the day, although the minimum hours vary with each plant.  Most plants that are edible or produce flowers require at least 6 hours of light.  That leaves us living in the housing ...

Deforestation and Hurricanes

Since 2002, more than 9,500 people have died as a result of floods in Haiti.  In that same amount of time, just over 200 people have lost their lives in the United States Considering how much larger the U.S. (2.9 million sq. feet vs 10,714 sq. feet) is and how many more people reside in the ...

Observations and Orientation

The first rule of Permaculture is to observe. For some reason this has really been in my head the last week or two. My husband had an army buddy over the other day and we sat outside by the BBQ while they got caught up. I took advantage of this to just sit and observe the soon-to-be-garden ...

What Is Permaculture?

I first heard about permaculture a few years ago.  The little bit I read was confusing and implied that you would need a large piece of property.  As a single mom working full time who only had a small piece of property in the city, permaculture did not seem to fit my needs.  I filed ...

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