How To Create Permaculture Gardens In The Suburbs

Welcome to the introductory post for 5 Garden Hacking Secrets For The Suburbs. PDF How To Create Permaculture Gardens In The Suburbs. I am your host Tony Teolis and this is smart gardening in action. This is Permaculture In Action. 5 Garden Hacking Secrets For The Suburbs is the culmination of my knowledge of growing food in the suburbs of northern Virginia. I have been successful in turning...

Episode-270- Microgreens To grow At Home

I love growing greens and eating from the yard and in the winter we grow sprouts and thought we were doing well. And we were. Until I learned about microgreens. Yes another food experiment to add to the spring preps but this project began in February and the timing was right. By the time I had seeds, growing medium. In this case the coconut coir, trays and enough confidence to get a start on...

Weekend Chores March 2015

     Weekend chores its all about food and being green. There's lots of talk about being green and but doing green is work and the payoff is food and revenue. Here's the ToDoList just for the time between March 13 and 15, 2015. Notice the omission of the regular life stuff. We don't forget to do that too at ToDoListHome.com  Transplant 30 seedlings into red cups and move to lights 2 coats...

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...