Friends & Foes of Onions

Onions are shallow growers, making them excellent companions to deep rooted vegetables. The best onion plant companions are members of the cabbage family because onions naturally repel pests that love cabbage family plants, such as cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, and cabbage maggots. Cabbage family plants include: Broccoli Kale Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Kholrabi Onions deter aphids and Japanese beeltes which means you can use them as companions to plants that often suffer from these pests. Other companions to onions include: Tomatoes…

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What’s The Deal With Dynamic Accumulators?

The term “dynamic accumulator” is often heard in Permaculture circles and is used to describe plants that have long tap roots that allow them to draw up nutrients and minerals from deep in the ground. These nutrients and minerals are stored in the leaves of the plants which are later “chopped and dropped”¬† or naturally die back or fall to the ground around the base of other plants, allowing them to release the stored nutrients as they decompose, making them…

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A Lemon Tree Guild

We love lemons and believe every garden should have a lemon tree. Lemon trees are quite hardy and established trees can tolerate drought conditions remarkably well. The cuticle layer that makes the leaves so shiny is what helps to conserve water. We have inherited a lemon tree on our new garden plot that has not been watered in over 6 months, during a very hot summer drought: and it is still blossoming and baring fruit! We have had to prune…

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7 Tips for Pruning a Lemon Tree

We have been blessed with a lemon tree on our new garden plot. It has not been maintained for quite some time but it still blossoms and bares fruit. We decided to give it a prune to get rid of dead and broken branches, as well as to train the branches to grow out and up and not into the middle of the canopy: air flow and sunlight filtration are important. We will also be planting Comfrey and other Lemon…

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The Song of Soil & A Tale of pH

To Garden is to be part Artist, part Scientist & part Dancer. The Artist seeks & sees beauty (in many forms). The Scientist questions, calculates and experiments. And the Dancer weaves between leading and being led. In this Dance of the Garden, we are partnered with Nature. Hearing her music. Moving with her rhythms.¬† We cannot make the sun shine, that is her domain. Her song. Part of the universe. And when the tides are turned, and we are reaping…

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An In-Depth Look at Growing Asparagus Seedlings

We are very excited about growing Asparagus! While it can take up to 3 years before asparagus is ready to harvest, this perennial plant can keep producing for up to 20 years! Talk about commitment and abundance in return – we like that! In our research, we have found some great advice that we would like to share with you. Feel free to share your tips and tricks with us in the comments section below. Crowns vs Seeds Plants can…

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Asparagus Companions

¬†Companions for asparagus or any other vegetable must be compatible with each other. Asparagus is a perennial that likes a sunny area of the garden. They take 2-3 years to reach a full yield and, thereafter, produce spears for the next 10-15 years! This means that companions for asparagus must like sun exposure and be able to work around the semi-permanent asparagus. Asparagus Loves …. Parsely – helps with plant vigor Basil – helps with plant vigor Tomato – plant…

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The Add-As-You-Go Compost Pile

If you are looking for way to easily compost your kitchen and garden waste and aren’t in a hurry for matured compost then this is a great option for you. It does require some planning though so read on! The Add As You Go Pile: Cold/Passive Composting The add-as-you-go method is the easiest way to make your own compost, and the best composting method for beginners. As the name suggests, you will be adding your GREEN and BROWN materials to…

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Composting Materials: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Once you are familiar with the in’s and out’s making good compost, it can be a very rewarding experience. There are different methods of compost making, which we explore in more detail in separate posts, but for now we’ll be talking about what to compost and what not to compost. Carbon & Nitrogen The key ingredients in good compost are Carbon and Nitrogen and it is important to get the Carbon Nitrogen ratio right in order to keep your compost…

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Broccoli

Growing broccoli in the right conditions, at the right time of year can be very rewarding. It is quite a heavy feeder so good soil prep and continued care is essential for a healthy yield. Best Time of Year for Broccoli Broccoli likes to mature in cooler weather where it will produce sweet heads without bolting and flowering, which makes it bitter to the taste, due to warmer weather. Heat-stressed broccoli opens it’s flower buds prematurely, and high temperatures as…

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