Garden Experiments

It is starting to feel like fall, and the average first frost is only three weeks away (source). That means we’re thinking about next spring and starting preparations. Here are three experiments we’re undertaking. Smother Beds with Wood Chip Paths Instead of double-digging garden beds — the back-breaking work of using a shovel to turn … More Garden Experiments

DIY Project — Making a Broadfork — From Contributor Matt Miles

See yesterday’s post on the introduction and use of the broadfork, also from Matt Miles. If you possess some basic welding and metalworking skills, then you may find it worth your while to build your own broadfork at a fraction of the price that a commercially built version would typically cost.ยน This applies to an … More DIY Project — Making a Broadfork — From Contributor Matt Miles

Understanding and Using the Broadfork — From Contributor Matt Miles

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post which outlines how to build your own broadfork, also from Matt. In a situation where fossil fuels have become scarce or unavailable, the use of tractors and mechanical tillers for food production will be out of the question, while the use of equine power and horse-drawn equipment will require a … More Understanding and Using the Broadfork — From Contributor Matt Miles

Polyculture: Letting Nature Do the Work — Contribution from Andrew Flachs

As gardening season comes to an end, many of us are coming to terms with an unwelcome competition for our fruits and vegetables. As much as we love a good tomato or cabbage, there are plenty of creatures who love them even more than we do. The fight against insect and other animal pests is … More Polyculture: Letting Nature Do the Work — Contribution from Andrew Flachs