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Permaculture for any space

March 31, 2017

To determine the best placement for plantings and structures, permaculture offers you a way to look at the garden in terms of zones, and there are sustainable options for gardens of every size.

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Are you wasting energy?

March 31, 2017

For existing buildings, an energy audit is a great place to start. You can do your own simple energy audit or have a professional consultant do a more thorough, technical job. Some cities, states, and utilities offer incentives for doing an energy audit on your home. Ultimately, an energy audit will tell you where inefficiencies […]

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Harvesting rainwater in the Southwest garden

March 25, 2016

Growing the Southwest Garden author Judith Phillips on the importance and practicality of harvesting rainwater in dry climates.

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Words to live by: Quotes that inspire practical permaculture

April 30, 2015

Just as permaculture is inspired by natural systems, co-authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein hope to inspire you to more sustainable gardening with their book Practical Permaculture. The following quotes are some of the words that inspired them to such practices and to write about it.

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How to create a permaculture homestead

April 28, 2015

An inside look at how (and why) Practical Permaculture co-author Jessi Bloom turned her property into a permaculture homestead.

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The 12 principles of permaculture

February 21, 2013

One way permaculture differs from other methods of gardening is that it is not just a set of practical techniques; it is a way of thinking and of adapting to a particular ecology. Whether you are starting a new garden, or introducing permaculture practices to an existing garden, these principles will help you to understand […]

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Dispelling the Myth: Chickens and Gardens Don’t Work Together

May 22, 2012

When I first got chickens many years ago I had two initial goals: one was to let my flock roam free range and live as close as possible to how they would naturally. I imagined a sunny pastoral farm scene of them clucking around and chasing bugs. My second goal was to build my soil […]

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Chicken-resistant plants

January 18, 2012

Chicken-Resistant Plants What about beautiful plants for our gardens that are chicken-resistant? Chickens simply avoid many ornamental plants. Of course, there will always be exceptions with animals, because they have different taste preferences and attitudes. Chickens usually do much more damage with their feet than with their beaks, and often they ignore plants altogether. As […]

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Choosing Your Flock

January 17, 2012

Choosing Your Flock Chickens are relatively easy on the land compared to other livestock, thus making them an ideal animal to keep for almost anyone. There are many factors to consider, though, when selecting chickens for your flock. The question of how many chickens to keep in your yard is a crucial one. With chickens, […]

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Book trailer: Free-Range Chicken Gardens

December 15, 2011

Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard by Jessi Bloom will be available in January 2012, and here’s a sneak peek of the book to hold you over until then! This video features the author in her own garden and the chickens that she raises as an important part of her landscape. […]

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