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Get Busy!

Get Busy!

The growing season is not too far around the corner! Witch hazel is already blooming and my flowering quince buds are days away from opening. If we can get a handle on some garden chores now, we’ll be in good shape to maximize the harvest from our homesteads this year. When it comes to growing...
Early Fall-Coloring Trees

Early Fall-Coloring Trees

The trees are telling us that autumn is upon us! I wanted to share a few of my favorite ornamental trees that put on a great, early fall show. They are not edible, but could still have a place on the modern homestead along streets and driveways, where you don’t want fruit falling. The native...

Road Trip: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Upon my arrival into Austin, Texas, I quickly made a beeline for the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is a place I have seen pictures of in my Landscape Architecture classes as a beautifully designed, sustainable landscape. If you are within 100 miles of Austin, it is worth the detour to see this spectacular place....

Eugene Grafting Fair

The Eugene Permaculture Guild hosts an annual, free Spring Propagation Fair that I recently attended. The event included a fruit tree grafting portion, a seed swap area and several speakers throughout the day talking about things related to edible gardening. I have always been curious about how fruit tree grafting works so I went to...

Bare Root Tree Planting

It is the perfect time of year to plant bare root trees in the garden! While the trees are sleeping for winter, consider what corners of the garden you can stick more fun fruit trees. I’m dreaming about 5-way pear trees that produce five different varieties on the same tree. The multi-variety grafted trees are...