Save Money by Overwintering Plant Cuttings

Lemon Verbena plant started from a cutting five months ago.
Lemon Verbena plant started from a cutting five months ago.

Are you ever frustrated by the selection of plants that will survive your winters? Do you ever get tired of buying the same herbs each year when you know that people in warmer areas don’t? Shouldn’t your gardening budget be put towards trying new and interesting plant varieties, while still being able to have your reliable favorites? Continue reading Save Money by Overwintering Plant Cuttings

Growing a Lemon Tree with Seeds from a Grocery Store Lemon

Lemon Tree #2I’ve never had much luck growing plants from seeds, but then I haven’t ever bothered with using special potting mix or extra lighting. After looking at Pinterest one day, I decided to try planting a lemon tree. Even though citrus trees can’t survive in our Colorado climate, I thought a small lemon tree in the sunroom would be fun.  Continue reading Growing a Lemon Tree with Seeds from a Grocery Store Lemon

My Colorado Artichoke Experiment

We LOVE eating artichokes in our household. So, of course, I am trying to cultivate and naturalize them to my environment. I live in zone 5/6. Since I live in a densely populated suburb where a majority of the land is covered with houses and pavement, I think my whole property is more like a zone 6a microclimate. Continue reading My Colorado Artichoke Experiment

Hugelkultur Container

Have you ever bought a nice BIG planting container and come home only to realize you have to FILL the pot? You groan with irritation! Continue reading Hugelkultur Container

Fall 2015 Suburban Permaculture Update

This Arp Rosemary was planted in October. It should be hardy into zone 5. We'll see how it does here. My hope is it will grow into a nice sized bush.
This Arp Rosemary was planted in October. It should be hardy into zone 5. We’ll see how it does here. My hope is it will grow into a nice sized bush.

We’ve entered into November, although it doesn’t feel like it YET. It may snow by the end of the week which will feel more normal here in Colorado. Actually, I don’t know if there is a normal, except to anticipate  an extreme weather change. Continue reading Fall 2015 Suburban Permaculture Update

Working With Nature…and my Battle With Leaves

I have decided to change my approach this year in regards to autumn clean up. I will only rake the fallen leaves off of my grass including the baby grass I am nurturing for my daughter’s cartwheeling endeavors. I will not rake any other leaves. This experiment is doable partly because I hardly ever have any leaves in my front yard. Continue reading Working With Nature…and my Battle With Leaves

A Permaculture Approach

I think my FAVORITE approach to turning my ordinary suburban lot into a permaculture paradise (after getting a healthy soil biology started) is using the S.T.U.N. method. I first heard of the S.T.U.N. method, which stands for sheer total utter neglect, from Mark Shepard. When I heard about his method, I thought WOW! Continue reading A Permaculture Approach

Experimenting with Blueberries in Colorado

This is my garden's original soil that I started with four and half years ago.
This is my garden’s original soil I started with four and half years ago.

Here in the Denver, Colorado area we have very alkaline soils. This means that blueberries probably won’t grow very well unless the soil is thoroughly amended because blueberries, I have been told, only like and thrive in acidic soils. Well, I like to eat blueberries and I don’t like paying the high prices for conventional ones, let alone organic ones. Therefore, I should grow them myself. 🙂 Continue reading Experimenting with Blueberries in Colorado

Suburban edible landscaping in a semi-arid climate.