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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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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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5 philosophical approaches to gardening

May 28, 2013

The past three decades have seen the emergence or revitalization of five important philosophical approaches to gardening, each of which incorporates elements of natural ecosystems into the new sustainable garden.

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Brew your own liquid fertilizer

March 19, 2013

Rather than bringing in commercial fertilizer, you can make your own on a weekly or monthly basis by taking certain nutrient-rich plants and brewing them into a watersoluble plant food. Making your own liquid fertilizers is another way to use and value renewable resources. Apply the fertilizers regularly to heavy feeders during the spring and […]

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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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Front yard food-fight

July 11, 2011

Here at Timber, we like to think that creative gardening can be just as rewarding as traditional ways of growing. We’ve recently published Small Green Roofs and The Edible Front Yard, each of which explore interesting ways of incorporating green space into a landscape. So, I was surprised to learn that front yard gardening has […]

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Earth Week—The Edible Front Yard

April 20, 2011

Update: Congratulations to Beth Ann Daye, who won today’s drawing for The Edible Front Yard! Thanks to everyone for playing, and check in tomorrow for a giveaway of Small Green Roofs. As gardeners, we are in the enviable position of being able to actually give back to the earth in the form of planting, land […]

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