Understanding the Core Values of Permaculture: 3 Key Principles

What is permaculture? The word permaculture may seem like a new buzzword in gardening circles, but in reality, it’s so much more. If your interest is in homesteading, self-sufficiency, and gardening, understanding the core concepts of permaculture could be a real game-changer. Permaculture is a way of viewing the world and its resources from a different perspective. This small but growing movement may already be influencing some of your habits.

Young woman harvesting in sunny permaculture garden Photo 170233484 / Permaculture © Sue Wetjen | Dreamstime.com

Photo 170233484 / Permaculture © Sue Wetjen | Dreamstime.com

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Starting Your Survival Garden: 5 Tips for Success

How do you like these grocery prices? If you’re like many people, you may be thinking that it’s time to start a survival garden to become more self-sufficient. There are so many benefits to growing your own food, not the least of which is avoiding crazy prices and limited availability. Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you get started.

Survival garden harvest Photo 94533701 © Alessio Andrea Balza | Dreamstime.com
Photo 94533701 © Alessio Andrea Balza | Dreamstime.com
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Celeste’s Garden Delights Is Delightful Reading

celeste's garden delights

I am so overdue on writing this post. I have been feeling pretty cruddy the last couple of weeks so I am behind on stuff. But, today is the day! This book rocks and I need to tell y’all about it.

So I met Celeste via email when I was setting up interviews on an article I was doing for a client. It took me a while to realize she was the same Celeste Longacre that writes for The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Duh! Just so happens I made the connection the same day her book arrived in the mail. Continue reading


easter bonfire

Happy Spring! I know that spring started a few weeks ago, but I have been a little preoccupied lately.

We had our first bonfire of the year on Easter Sunday. I really love to watch a good bonfire. Those flames are like art to me and my husband, being awesome at building fires, is my favorite artist. The embers were so hot, they looked like an enormous pile of glowing rubies. So beautiful; it’s hard to keep from reaching out to touch them sometimes.

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

My garden-to-be with snow in April!
My garden-to-be with snow in April!

Okay, so I am way behind on the A- Z Challenge. I don’t even know where we are at this point. All I know is things have been crazy busy here and I am having a hard time keeping up.

Jeff and I (mostly Jeff) cleaned and organized the barn so we can actually get a truck in there if we need to. That worked out really well since we got hail the other night. Perfect timing.

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G – Goats and Gardening

the start of a garden

The start of our garden.

Today is another two-fer, this time for the letter G. That’s because I can’t decide if I want to write about goats or gardening – both of which I love.

Gardening was my first love. I have been gardening since I was old enough to stand up. My parents always had a huge garden and summer was highlighted by eating fresh, yummy veggies every day. In fact, I would often raid the garden when I was outside playing, looking for goodies to snack on. Continue reading