Episode-269- The Front Yard Food Forest

Front Yard Permaculture Its been 3 Years since I tried to grow in the front yard. For more on that visit Episode-55- Grow Food Not Lawns But Not In The Front Yard  Since I've learned so much especially about swales and guilds and birds and bees and flowers and butterflies in the backyard it's time to turn on the green in the front yard. After years of practice and learning the food forest...

Episode-268- Mason Bee and Raspberry Update

I have been promoting the mason bees a lot lately and for good reasona. The first is educational. I have been able to teach some people who previoulsy knew little or nothing about mason bees enough to consider raising some on their own. I have already been mailing out packages of mason bees, homes, reeds, attractant and guides. Even had a new friend stop by the other day becasue I am giving the...

Episode-267- Inside The Hugel Keyhole Garden

This video show the hugel keyhole garden 5 months from its construction. A lot of effort went into the design and implementation but it is something that happens once. No tilling will ever be necessary as the contents of this garden are welcome call signs to the variety of life that now live inside. Worms and bacteria and other critters have a made a home where new plants will thrive because of...

Episode-266- Grow Green Onions And Chives At Home

  The sowing season is now in full swing. Every week from now until May I will be sowing new crops. This weeks see the start again of green onions and chives. I can't wait til these are ready. The green onion grow big and tall if cared for properly. I start hundreds of them from seed and take the time to plant each and every one. I tend to grow the chives in bunches and they'll be transferred...

Episode-265- Planting Season And Guide For Northern Virginia

2015 Planting Times The 2015 Growing season is off to a fine start even though there is 6 inches of snow outside and the snow is still falling. The secret to my 7th growing season will be the same as it has been for the previous six. Plan and Prepare. It is obvious to me now that there are just three essential pieces that form the foundation for a great growing season. Barring any Force Majeure...

Episode-264- Backyard From Vision To Reality

If I started over I would begin with a read of Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway. I would then map my property on a topographic map to verify surveyed contour and the overlay my garden plans on that. The design would be a south facing U-shaped sun trap with swales on contours. I did not start that way but I am moving towards that design. Geoff Lawton of Australia has some of the best video examples...

Episode-263- Parsley Starts Now February 7, 2015

It's time to starting sowing the spring greens and that begins with parsley. Petroselinum crispum. What I have posted before about this lovely plant  has not changed. So here it is again. Episode-233- Get Started With Indoor Seed Starts - Parsley February 8, 2014        Today's video depicts the start of the growing season for 2014. Although it is still icy and cold outside and spring seems...