Hugelkultur in home gardens
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 richsoil.com. You can also check out Sepp Holzer’s English website here as well as search the web for […]

Hugelkultur in Home Gardens



Butternut squash recipe: spicy and nutty
As we move into autumn, squash moves into the forefront of seasonal cooking. A variety will grow quite well in Mid-Atlantic gardens. But the next thing, after they’re grown, is what to do with them. Most recipe sites offer soup, casseroles, or ravioli but I wanted something different. So, coming […]

Spiced Nutty Butternut Squash Recipe


DIY dresser air fresheners
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



Forage for wild blackberries
One of the best fruits to forage for during the late summer and early fall in zones 5-10 are wild blackberries. In this article we will discuss how to forage not only for the blackberries themselves but for the plant too, so that you can grow these delicious, nutritious superfoods […]

Forage for Wild Blackberries and Blackberry Plants


mint smoothie in a glass
Smoothies are all about health, nutrition, and feeling good. For many, it’s a no-brainer to incorporate herbs into their smoothie for flavor and functionality. While in past centuries herbs were a common feature of medical texts, such has not been the case here in the US since the 19th century. So […]

Mint Smoothies



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