Calling all gardeners! Time to tend to backs, knees, necks, elbows.
Aston Fitness Class for Gardeners.
Most gardener’s experience that when spring comes and we bust out of our cabin fever, the bodily aches and pains accompany our garden lust. Gardening is such good exercise—and it can be GOOD for the body if we know how to go about it.
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Greens Leaf Wall Fall
Leaf walls covered with Reemay Row Cover and plastic sheeting. This bed is approximately 25’ x 12’.
Harvest Kale Dec
Insulated wall made of used chicken wire stuffed with leaves. Yummy Dwarf Siberian Kale, Fennel, and Fava beans and Parsley are happy inside.
Our greens were happy right through the stretch of 15 below weather we had last winter.
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The start of the Medicine Wheel Garden.
Sheet Mulching is a very basic and important Permaculture skill.
Sometimes called “blanket composting”, “no-work” or “no-dig” gardening, it is very representative of Permaculture in terms of modeling Nature.
This is the start of the Medicine Wheel Garden. As you see, we are layering the Sheet Mulching right on top of the lawn. No need to dig or pull weeds. They become part of the nutrient base for the new garden.
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Pond Late Summer
We applied simple bioremediation techniques to allow the pond to purify itself. This is a “before” photo. Looking good, but not purifying itself. Then the Pond Work Team started to dig in — here are some of the pics and details.
Pond channel party
After removing the plants, rocks and old liner, we re-shaped the stream channel
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Medicine wheel greens, corn and beyond
The yield from our sheet-mulching no-till, “no work” method. Check out the sheet mulching blog entry if you wnat to see what this garden looked like before we got started. Mouse over and click on the pics to see if there is a bigger version for the pic.
Garden north, corn and
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Mushroom propagation outdoors requires some careful preparations.
Site selection is important. In our valley, a shaded site that will retain moisture is critical. This site is under a large apple tree. It is close to a water spigot, to make it easy to keep moist.
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In Permaculture, we place plants together that will naturally support each other, mimicking that design.
In this fruit tree guild, the central element is a fruit tree, and each guild also has a beneficial insect attractor plant, harmful insect repeller plant, a nitrogen-fixer to help provide nutrients, and a food crop—in this case, squash.
Read full article: >> Plant Guilds