National Farm to School Month
In 2010, the U.S. Congress designated National Farm to School Month to recognize the impact of such programs in improving child nutrition, supporting local economies and educating children on where food really comes from. One Small Step is the theme of this year’s campaign, to show how easy it can be […]

Celebrate National Farm to School Month

cooked zucchini blossoms
Monday, August 8 is National Zucchini Day. Yes, there is an entire calendar out there of months and days celebrating food. (August is National Peach Month.) Actually I think there is more than one. Not that it actually matters, to me, these food ‘holidays’ are just a fun way to […]

Celebrate National Zucchini Day

rain garden
It’s raining. Again. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac and AccuWeather, the theme of Summer 2016 is above normal rainfall and heat. The rain will enable crops and gardens to flourish but it will also bring flooding and provide opportunities for many batches of mosquitoes. Putting this free resource to […]

Harvesting the Rain

Aedes aegypti mosquito
According to the Farmer’s Almanac (and AccuWeather), summer will be a rainy one. This could be good for gardens and other outdoor projects requiring water. The impact of Metro DC water utility company WSSC’s July 1 rate increase could be lessened by making use of all the free falling water. […]

Summer Harvests – Rainfall and Mosquitoes

DIY dresser air fresheners 1
A great way to improve the freshness of a linen closet or dresser drawers is to make these little all natural air fresheners. These DIY closet and dresser air fresheners are super easy, incredibly inexpensive, and highly effective. Items needed: Small jars (re-purposed or recycled glass jars are great for this) […]

DIY Closet / Dresser Air Fresheners

snow cave diy
In the winter in North Central Ohio, we get a lot of snow.  One really awesome thing to do is to build a Quinzhee or Quinzee snow structure. The quinzhee is surprisingly big on the inside (you will be shocked).  The walls of a quinzhee are thick and strong, and in […]

How to build a Quinzhee Snow Structure

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Raking Leaves is bad. Never rake your leaves again. Today while driving on a short errand, I saw a gentleman with a leaf vacuum attached to a riding lawn mower in a small front yard sucking up his leaves to deposit into the street. Next I saw an old woman raking […]

Stop Raking Leaves Forever!

Burdock Arctium
Weeds. The word seems synonymous with things abandoned, lonely, unkempt, not to mention unwanted and unloved. But for Those Who Know, many plants laboring under that unhappy name are associated with words like tasty, nutritious, and just plain yummy. They come in a virtually unending supply, growing where they please […]

BE the Weed Eater

micro aquaponics system
What is Aquaponics Aquaponics is the combination of 2 things: Aqua Culture: The practice of Raising Fish Hydroponics: The practice of Growing Plants using water, chemicals and a non soil medium like gravel Aqua Culture is pretty self explanatory. But let’s talk more about Hydroponics. What is Hydroponics Hydroponics is a system […]

What is Aquaponics and How to Build a Micro Aquaponics ...

Hugelkultur in home gardens 1
What is Hugelkultur? Hugelkultur is a method of raised bed gardening perfected by Austrian permaculture guru Sepp Holzer. Another Permaculture expert, Paul Wheaton, has a good summary of Holzer’s work on his website You can also check out Sepp Holzer’s English website here as well as search the web for […]

Hugelkultur in Home Gardens

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If one is serious about producing a large quantity of truly organic produce within a small space, then fruit trees are absolutely essential. The advantages of fruit trees in your backyard farm garden far outweigh the disadvantages. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of fruit trees: Fruit […]

Fruit Trees and Backyard Farming

backyard farm design
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of getting a backyard farm up and running. By backyard farm we mean anything from a small garden plot to a larger, more systematic approach. It all depends what you want to accomplish. We use the term backyard farming simply because it implies […]

Backyard Farm Design: Converting Lawn to Garden

fresh compost
By some estimates, 30 percent of materials going into U.S. landfills could be repurposed. I’m not talking about boxes and containers but living things. Or, more accurately, once living things. Food, plants, dried leaves, inedible produce and other organic materials can make your gardening and farming efforts, well, bloom. Out […]

Compost – Organic Recycling is Gaining Ground