If you are like me, you enjoy creating things that you can use in your garden. There is one project that I simply love to undertake. That is the making of hypertufa pots. These pots are not only fun to make, but they are unique, lightweight, and immensely practical. They are wonderful for displaying rock-garden plants or succulents.
To some, the words urban and homestead just don’t seem to mix. However, more and more people are realizing their lifelong dream of becoming more self-sufficient without actually having to quit their job and move to the country. In fact, it is quite possible and popular these days to create a homestead within city limits on a relatively small piece of urban land. This is good news to those who can’t afford 50 acres of land but still want to catch the homesteading wave.
Chickweed is a common weed found around the house and garden, usually in moist and shady spots. Although a European native, it has become naturalized in almost every cool and temperate part of the world. In fact, it’s so common that we tend to overlook the possibilities this lowly herb offers.
The concept of a moat to protect a piece of property is not a new one. In medieval times, a wide, deep trench was dug around the perimeter of a castles property and usually filled with water. This ditch or moat served as a unique natural defense system and deterred enemies from approaching the stronghold. This same concept can be applied to the modern garden. However, instead of using depth and water as the natural barrier, you use chickens.
Keyhole gardens are a way of integrating several gardening chores for easy management. It includes growing vegetables, watering the beds, and composting garden waste, all at the same time. Pioneered in Africa, keyhole gardening is now a time-tested technique that saves time, space, and minimizes the effort required to maintain a productive garden.