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Building With Bamboo

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 in Blog, Sustainable Building | Comments Off on Building With Bamboo

Guest Blog Post by Diane Kennedy Part of a sustainable garden is the growing of building materials.  If you can’t have a wood lot, then temperature permitting you can grow clumping bamboo.  You can grow ‘running’ bamboo if you’d like, but it would be wise to keep it contained in pots or you’ll end up with a major headache such as I had last January trying to remove it.  The bamboo in my yard has happily grown into giant plants with wonderfully tall, strong shoots that are ready to harvest.  I have several projects in mind, but the most fun and appealing has been the...

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Stinging Nettle and World Peace

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 in Gardening, permaculture, soil | Comments Off on Stinging Nettle and World Peace

Guest Blog Post by Diane Kennedy One of my  very good friends asked me what to do about a proliferation of stinging nettle in her yard.  There is a creek running through the bottom of her property, and while once there had been Jimson weed and other natives growing there, now there is just nettle which is spreading to her lawn.  Her hand hurt for a day from inadvertently pulling some out bare-handed.  Her neighbor had told her that “nettle was bad” and would take over.  She was laying cardboard on some of it, but was afraid that wouldn’t be enough. One of the main practices of...

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Bee Pollen Health Benefits & Uses That You May Not Know

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 in bees | Comments Off on Bee Pollen Health Benefits & Uses That You May Not Know

Guest Blog Post by Derek Roach, Pro Pacific Bee Removal The daily flight of a bee consists of visiting multiple plants to collect pollen and nectar as a food source for their colony. These flights are precise journeys that are done merely for the overall benefit and growth of the hive. However, not only bees benefit from the gathering of pollen and nectar and the development of honey. This extensive process has proven to be beneficial to more than just these busy pollinators. A large percentage of plants depend on the distribution of pollen by bees for reproduction. As a result of bee...

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10 Things You Should Know About Raising Backyard Chickens

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 in Blog, Chickens | Comments Off on 10 Things You Should Know About Raising Backyard Chickens

Guest post by Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey Having your own flock of backyard chickens is incredibly rewarding and beneficial but it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of this increasingly popular hobby without doing the proper research to prepare yourself! I’ve compiled a helpful list of things you should know before committing to getting chickens that will hopefully help you to know what to expect but if there’s one thing I have learned, chickens will always find a way to surprise you! 1)      You should never have just one chicken. They are social animals...

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Perennial Polyculture Guidelines for Creating a Food Forest

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog, How To, Videos | Comments Off on Perennial Polyculture Guidelines for Creating a Food Forest

In this video, Eric Toensmeier, explains how to set up your own perennial polyculture of edible and multi-functional plants.  This is the basis for a highly functional and productive food forest.  Do you have some favorite perennial plants that work in San Diego? In addition to the many fruit trees that we can grow here in San Diego, some of mine are tree collards, artichoke, sweet potato, and African blue...

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What Permaculture Isn’t—and Is

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 in Articles, Blog | Comments Off on What Permaculture Isn’t—and Is

Guest Article by Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden Permaculture is notoriously hard to define. A recent survey shows that people simultaneously believe it is a design approach, a philosophy, a movement, and a set of practices. This broad and contradiction-laden brush doesn’t just make permaculture hard to describe. It can be off-putting, too. Let’s say you first encounter permaculture as a potent method of food production and are just starting to grasp that it is more than that, when someone tells you that it also includes goddess spirituality, and anti-GMO activism, and...

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