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With an emphasis on biodiversity, fertility, polycultures, food forests, climate-appropriate plants, coexisting with wildlife, and embracing weeds, our approach to growing gardens is to work with nature. When we align with nature’s creative processes, the natural result is abundant food, medicine, and beauty.

  • Befriending Broadleafs: Our Garden’s Beloved Shade Makers

    Befriending Broadleafs: Our Garden’s Beloved Shade Makers

    In recent seasons I have been gaining more love and respect for our broadleaf herbaceous friends. Besides having epic statures and stunning leaves, they have been helping us in our gardening efforts. Specifically I am encouraging broadleaf plants in our gardens. Broadleaf refers to plants that have fairly wide leaves, or at least noticeably wider…

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  • On the Lookout for Signs of Spring Deer Browse

    On the Lookout for Signs of Spring Deer Browse

    This week I am starting to notice new seasonal signs of plant leaves and buds being eaten by deer. I am on the lookout year round for signs of deer browse because it helps me learn their habits, especially as it relates to our trees, herbs and gardens. Throughout the season I carefully watch our…

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  • Are There Any Reliably Deer Resistant Fruit Trees and Shrubs?

    Are There Any Reliably Deer Resistant Fruit Trees and Shrubs?

    Deer resistance is a term used to describe plants or trees that can hold up to some amount of deer browse. Resistant is the key word because it implies that a tree is not deer proof. The thing about trees who make edible fruits is that they tend to also have some degree of edible…

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  • Growing Trees More Naturally In the Presence of Deer

    Growing Trees More Naturally In the Presence of Deer

    Hungry deer are a present reality for many gardeners. In the past decades deer populations have skyrocketed as predators and wild habitats have declined. Deer frequent rural gardens and suburban gardens. Deer are increasingly present in many city limits, especially near wildland-urban interfaces. And it seems like they are hungry and ready to eat the…

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  • Planting Trees for the Love of it

    Planting Trees for the Love of it

    I looked up to my mentors and elders who plant trees. Fruit trees, nut trees, medicine trees, native trees, trees for beauty. Every tree I met became a new acquaintance and some became good friends. For over a decade I’ve been enamored with planting and tending trees. Over that time my mentors and elders inspired…

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  • Our Family’s Experience Growing and Selling Seeds

    Our Family’s Experience Growing and Selling Seeds

    Last month our family finished wrapping up our 6th season of growing and selling seeds from our homestead gardens. Now in early February as the growing daylight length becomes more noticeable and the fruit tree’s buds are swelling, we are slowly entering a new season of growing seeds. Our little family seed enterprise currently offers…

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  • Claim Your Power to Support Small-Scale, Bio-Regional Seed Growers

    Claim Your Power to Support Small-Scale, Bio-Regional Seed Growers

    Are your garden seeds grown in a small-scale farm with regenerative practices or in a massive monoculture? Are your garden seeds grown locally to your bio-region or far, far away in another time zone, even another continent? Supporting small-scale and local seed is important for the health of our gardens, our environment, our local economies…

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  • Seed Saving: My Top 5 Insights

    Seed Saving: My Top 5 Insights

    As a gardener saving seeds is a favorite seasonal ritual—Saving seeds helps me deepen my connection with plants, the garden and myself. Saving seeds is one of the most important, meaningful and special human practices. Saving seeds naturally helps me learn to produce more and consume less, which in turn helps me heal my relationship…

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  • How Our Hearts Fell Into Working with Seeds

    How Our Hearts Fell Into Working with Seeds

    Its fall season and our family has been collecting seeds this season for several months now. We have worked with seeds for enough seasons now that it has become easy and natural to fall into the rhythmic nature of seed harvesting. When we were just getting started homesteading, Ann and I spent some dreamy time…

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  • Planting Garlic

    Planting Garlic

    Fall garlic planting is always a favorite garden activity in our family. Popping the cloves off of the heads and sticking them in the ground is easy and fun. There’s probably a hundred and one ways to plant garlic, but the truth is its hard to do it wrong because garlic is not too picky…

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  • Planting Fava Beans in the Fall

    Planting Fava Beans in the Fall

    This fall we are planting fava beans in anticipation of next year’s harvest. Before I started gardening I had no idea what a fava bean, or broad bean was. They are substantial in size compared to other beans that we are used to eating and the flavor is delicious! We love using them in chilis,…

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