A Tool of a Different Sort

garden cart

Three years ago, my friend and I built a tool that has since become pretty indispensable around here.  We just used it to haul straw from the barn out to the  garden.  Before that we were moving limbs from fir and pine trees we took down.  I’ve even hauled railroad ties with this thing. Yes, …

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Basic Plant Propagation by Cutting

How to propagate by cutting

Last week, I attended a plant propagation workshop just up the road at our neighborhoods’ own kick butt permaculture farm, Seven Seeds Farm.   Seven Seeds is a diverse operation: they raise produce, tree crops, chickens, ducks, sheep and goats, as well as being the home base for Siskiyou Seeds, a new bio regional seed …

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Buckwheat, a Garden Ally

Photo of Squash Growing with Buckwheat

Every year around this time I’m reminded how much I love buckwheat.  There are many reasons to love and utilize this fast growing pseudo-cereal, not technically a cereal (like wheat), which grow on a grass, but a fruit seed, grown on a broadleaf plant (like quinoa or amaranth). I use buckwheat mostly as a cover …

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