Tagged: permaculture

A young Asian pear tree guild produces food, habitat, and improves soil fertility using permaculture principles. 0

Permaculture

Permaculture offers a design approach for meeting human needs while improving the health of the planet. And it inspires a lot of our homestead activities. Quick Overview Inspired by the oil crisis of the...

A young elderberry can be identified by opposite compound leaves with veins that terminate in the tips of the serrated edge, rather than the notch. 0

Elderberry

The elderberry shrub grows quickly, produces bountiful edible fruit and flowers, offers shelter to wildlife, and works as a windbreak. Fast-growing and easy to propagate, elderberry is an outstanding multifunctional native plant for the...

Feverfew flowers bring bring instant happiness to the unsuspecting onlooker. 0

Feverfew

I adore the sunny charisma and herbal value of feverfew, but it can deter beneficial pollinators. Plant it far from flowering fruit trees, or use it to repel bees from outdoor living spaces. Common...

Tulips can draw bees to the garden. 0

Tulips

Flowering as daffodils begin to fade, tulips have minimal value to pollinators but triumph in attracting people to the garden. Common Name: Tulip Scientific Name: Tulipa spp. Family: Liliaceae Uses Spring ephemeral groundcover Bulbs...

A non-native that is relatively hard to find, comfrey has many functions for the permaculture forest garden. 0

Comfrey

A versatile addition to any fruit tree guild, I use comfrey as a chop-and-drop living mulch and groundcover around my fruit trees. A medicinal herb great for pollinators that offers powerful soil enrichment, the...

Asian pears burst with shocks of white blossoms at the start of spring. 0

Asian Pear Tree

I chose Chojuro and Shinko Asian pear trees for the first guild that I designed to completion before doing any plantings, and have a fondness for them as the centerpiece within a prominent outdoor...

Daffodil planted near a cherry tree. 0

Daffodils

Beyond the burst of spring color, daffodils indicate how microclimates vary across a neighborhood or in sections of a yard. When planted as a border they offer a barrier against predation from mammals. A...

A blossom on wild bergamot, or bee balm, on the summer solstice. 0

Wild Bergamot

An essential for the forest garden, wild bergamot is a hardy native perennial that attracts pollinators and offers numerous medicinal uses. The entire aboveground plant is edible. Common Name: Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm, Horsemint...

A shock of blue flowers on Baptisia australis in May.. 0

Wild Blue Indigo

Wild blue indigo functions as a native nitrogen fixer in our Asian pear tree guild. A fast growing perennial that offers early flowers and shelter for pollinators, it’s inedible to humans and deer alike,...

Backyard chicken on the homestead 0

Backyard Chickens

I began advocating in support of backyard chickens when I learned that my community had an ordinance prohibiting them. I joined a small cohort of local gardeners and homesteaders interested in gauging community support for...