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How to Make a Liquid Fertilizer Using Comfrey

by: Sara on 05/16/2017

I have a comfrey plant that comes back stronger and bigger every year. The bees love it and I always have more than I can use. I used to think its growth might have something to do with the forgotten jack-o-lantern left to compost on its place in the garden,  but according to Darrell Frey and Michelle Czolba's new book, The Food Forest Handbook: …

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Adventures in Mediterranean Permaculture: The Story of an Olive Groves Understory

by: Sara on 05/08/2017

Today's post is from Darrell Frey, author of The Biohselter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm and co-author with Michelle Czolba of the long awaited The Food Forest Handbook: Design and Manage a Home-Scale Perennial Polyculture Garden.

In a previous post Darrell shared his experiences at Suryalila Yoga Retreat Center where he and his partner were …

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Announcing the Urban Homesteader Hacks Series #homegrowncitylife

by: EJ on 05/03/2017

We are pleased to  announce The Food Lover's Garden: Growing, Cooking and Eating Well by Jenni Blackmore and The Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking: How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese  by Karen McAthy; the first two books in our new Urban Homesteader Hacks series #homegrowncitylife.

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Win Two Tickets to the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville May 6-7

by: Sara on 04/20/2017

We are giving away two weekend passes to the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC, May 6-7th and a book of your choice from one of our authors speaking at the fair!

Simply post in the comment section about why you would like to attend and you will be entered to win!

Draw takes place May 1st. 

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Preparing Soil for Spring Planting

by: Sara on 03/27/2017
Posted in: Gardening

Here on the west coast we are aching to dig in and get gardening. Normally at this time of year we are watching our peas and greens sprouting the garden, but do to an unusually cold, wet winter we are just getting started.

One task we can start on is improving our soil for the coming growing season. Below find some tips on soil amendments from …

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