Monthly Archives: May 2013

Permaculture Plants: Common Reed

Scientific Name: Phragmites australis
Family: Poaceae (the True Grass family… the 5th largest plant family with over 10,000 species!)

Subspecies:

  • Phragmites australis subspecies americanus – the North American variety
  • Phragmites australis subspecies australis – the Eurasian variety

Description:
The Common Reed is found in wetlands around the world from temperate to tropical climates. This perennial grass is […]

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    In Defense of my Ninth Layer (of the Forest Garden): the Mycelial/Fungus Layer

In Defense of my Ninth Layer (of the Forest Garden): the Mycelial/Fungus Layer

(photo above is the Shaggy Mane Mushroom (Coprinus comatus), one possible addition to our Forest Garden design)

I wrote an article yesterday outlining my proposal to add two layers to the Forest Garden. You can read that article here: Nine Layers of the Edible Forest Garden. Within just 24 […]

Nine Layers of the Edible Forest Garden (Food Forest)

Food Forests have been around for thousands of years in tropical and sub-tropical climates. In fact, there is a Food Forest currently still producing food in Morocco that was established 2,000 years ago! The concept of food forestry was almost lost to the annals of history when Robert Hart […]

Predatory Gastropods… aka Carnivorous Snails and Slugs

I struggled with slugs in my garden this Winter. I live in a mild weather location, an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Our Winters are chilly but not cold. We have no snow, but we have a lot of rain and wind, and with that rain comes […]

Permaculture Design: Frameworks

The design process in Permaculture can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are so many things to consider. How do we, as Permaculture Designers, keep everything straight? How do we make sure we don’t forget an element or fail to consider something important?

While not all-inclusive by any means, one tool we can […]

The Incredible Edible Beet!

The photo above are beets from my garden. The red beet is a Detroit Dark Red, and the yellow beet is a Burpee’s Golden OG. Both are from www.seedsavers.org

There are only a few plants that can be eaten roots to leaves, and beets are one of those plants. […]

Permaculture Plants: Blue (Berried) Honeysuckle

Scientific Name: Lonicera caerulea
Family: Caprifoliaceae (the Honeysuckle family)

Description:
I absolutely love to find out about new plants, so when Jack Spirko from The Survival Podcast mentioned the Blue Honeysuckle, and I had never heard of such a plant, I immediately set out to investigate. I was not disappointed. The Russians have […]

Identify the Permaculture Mutation (Part 2)

I recently wrote an article about titled, The Third Ethic… it’s time to identify the mutation. It started out like this:

Mutations in nature can be good, they can be neutral, or they can be harmful. Any idea or philosophy or science can also mutate as time and […]

The Third Ethic… it’s time to identify the mutation

Mutations in nature can be good, they can be neutral, or they can be harmful. Any idea or philosophy or science can also mutate as time and people influence it. Oftentimes, these mutations are truly beneficial for the maturation of that science or philosophy, and other times these mutations […]

Vine-Ripened Tomatoes… yet another lie by modern Ag!

Once again, I am dismayed by the lies told and sold to us by the modern agriculture industry. My most recent find is that of “Vine-Ripened Tomatoes”. I did a bit of reading on this subject to verify this lie. What I found was frustrating to say the least.

Commercial tomatoes […]