How to Grow Black Raspberries

How to Grow Black Raspberries

Growing black raspberries is a simple and rewarding experience. The berries are so delicious that the harvest rarely makes it into my kitchen! And with proper pruning, the plants behave quite well in the small-scale, edible landscape. Black Raspberries are a High Value Crop Black raspberries, like their red cousins, are highly perishable which leads…

In the Garden: What To Do in April

kale and chard in the cold frame

April is that month where we see everything through pastel-colored lenses… bunnies, colored eggs, spring flowers, jelly beans… A gardener also sees green veggie babies sprouting, soil teeming with life, and windows of opportunity for tinkering in the garden between spring rains. Wondering what to do in April to have your best garden yet? If you…

How To Grow Edibles in a Parking Strip

Pie cherries on a dwarf cherry tree in the parking strip

The parking strip – that generally unused sliver of grass between the street and the sidewalk – is often overlooked as a location for growing edibles. Yet as more and more people are aiming to transform their homesteads into units of production, unused space is getting noticed: What if the parking strip could be both beautified…

Does Comfrey Really Improve Soil?

Does Comfrey Really Improve Soil?

I have long advocated that no permaculture homestead is complete without comfrey. I’ve discussed what comfrey is and the best ways to grow it, and I’ve also discussed comfrey’s role in growing your best fruit trees. Why is comfrey so amazing? Roots: Comfrey’s roots reach deep down into the soil, breaking up hard-pan clay. Leaves:…

How Not to Clean Your Oven

How Not to Clean Your Oven

Cleaning the oven seems so daunting and horribly miserable that most of us avoid it entirely. In fact, it’s the reason why it was just last month – mere months before my 40th birthday – that I tackled this task for the first time of my life. And I have to admit, I discovered the…

How to Keep Your Washing Machine Clean

How to Keep Your Front Loading Washing Machine Clean

Follow these 6 1/2 tips to keep your front loading washing machine clean, and forget having to worry about musty smells and moldy buildup. The biggest criticism of the front loading washing machine is that it breeds mold and musty smells that stem from moisture buildup underneath the door’s rubber gasket, which leads to extra…

In the Garden: What to do in March

tomato seedlings under lights

So here we are in month number three: Time “Marches” on, as they say. If you’re like me, you’re determined to have a great gardening season this year. So how did you do with the January garden to do list and the February garden to do list? Are you ready to find out what to…