We gardeners can help restore topsoil and healthy nutrient cycling, reduce irrigation, sequester carbon, and provide food for pollinators on land we tend. And in so doing, we can feed ourselves fabulously. A great place to start is covering the soil with the Three Sisters companion plant community and cousins.
New research shows that honey bees now prefer to collect syrup laced with fungicide chemicals, and the effects could be devastating.
If you need suggestions for seed catalogs as you prepare for the gardening season, here's a list of some great ones.
Here are some resources--books, articles, people-- for those wanting to know more about heritage corn and Three Sisters gardening.
As with all trees, planting chestnuts and hazelnuts takes a little money and a good bit of time. But once they are established, they will produce huge amounts of food for years with minimal human attention. Their growth habits and the nutritional qualities of their respective nuts make them perfect companions. In Part 1 of 2, we will look at hazelnuts.
By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens
At the beginning of each year, nurseries around the county offer bare root fruit trees. These ber-ries and trees are still dormant until warmer weather and longer days coax them from their winter rest. You can get them for ~40% of the price they will be in the spring and an added bonus is that because they are “bare”, they are lighter and easier to transport.
Spring is on its way, and with a few packets of these featured seeds, your garden can be too!
We look at the basics of growing both sweet and hot peppers in your home garden and some mistakes to avoid and myths to be aware of. Armed with a little knowledge, you'll be much more successful this season!
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