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Growing Again

May 28th, 2015

I like the zone aspect of permaculture, where you keep things you need close to the house and things you don’t need to access quite as often farther away. As I go about my days, I watch my habits and traffic patterns around the garden. The result is that I visit the back potager and lower gardens much more often than the main edible garden up behind the garage. That’s why I decided to expand the edible garden areas a little around the house.
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Areas that are difficult to mow are always the first to get changed over from sod to garden space. Areas prone to weed infestation are also first to get switched. This area below the house is south facing and was always a huge pain to mow. Last summer I put down cardboard and covered it with grass clippings. This year I had to dig out a few tenacious weeds, but there weren’t too many.
Then I planted it with tomatoes and peppers. I’m thinking about moving my boxwood hedge down here. Eventually it will be filled with perennials, but that won’t happen until the weeds are fully under control. I like to plant beds in annuals for a year or two before planting perennials. It’s much easier to dig out any weed that pop up when the plants aren’t permanent. Annuals also appreciate the structure of freshly worked soil, perennials do better after the soil has settled a bit.

Are you expanding your gardens this year?

Good Growing Guides

January 12th, 2010

I’ve been chatting with Isabel over at Fennel and Fern recently. She made these wonderful quick reference guides to help with your edible gardening pursuits. I don’t know how many of you keep up with the Fennel & Fern blog, so I thought I’d highlight her wonderful “Good Growing Guide” here. You can download these cards for FREE and print them off at home, or you can order them from Zazzle if you want professionally printed copies.

Just look at these lovely cards, how could you not want to plant all these wonderful edible things? These guides would be a perfect addition to your seed box, giving you a quick reference at planting time.

They all come complete with inspiring photos and tips for growing each item. I believe there are 26 total in the set, here’s a small sampling.

Head on over to Fennel & Fern to take advantage of this wonderful resource Isabel has made available.

Any great resources you’ve found recently to share with us?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.