By Lee Reich
I grow about two dozen varieties of pear, all trees I made myself by growing rootstocks from pear seeds and grafting onto those rootstocks one or more stems (known as scions) of a variety I want to grow. (Pears on seedling rootstocks grow very large and I’m afraid of heights. So I usually make dwarf trees by grafting scions onto scions of special dwarfing rootstocks that, in turn, get grafted on the seedling rootstocks.)
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By Colleen Vanderlinden
This book is absolutely ROCKING OUR WORLD. Amidst all the worrying over what might happen with the frac sand mine brewing next door, all the hopeless feelings, Mark Shepard’s book “Restoration Agriculture” is a bright light for a beautiful future on our farm.
My husband completed a certificate course on Permaculture Design several years ago. I always thought that was a neat thing, but what does it actually do? Permaculture is a beautiful concept mimicking the natural world to produce food. It can be applied on many different scales, but up until Mark Shepard’s book, permaculture has primarily been a novelty, a fun word to say and a cool system to think about. What’s different about THIS book is that the author is showing how and why to set up a permaculture system on a large scale, and he’s giving financial proof that permaculture pays in more than just warm fuzzy feelings. And it’s an important part of reversing the damage that’s being done by annual agriculture. Hence the term “restoration” agriculture. I’m extremely excited. We’re lifted up with hope, our brains and pencils are putting together thoughts and plans. Yeah!!!
I’ve heard of the book before. I’m going to have to get this one.
I also agree! I devoured this book last week and it went down very well as I’ve been interested in setting up similar systems here.
Garden writer Barbara Pleasant provides detailed instructions for food storage, including curing and storing onions, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, apples, squash and other produce that will last all winter.
If you like gardens and gardening, youll like this guy. Do a search for Monty Don and watch his shows as much as you can.
my blog’s gonna turn into one giant garden come springtime
Use edges and value the marginal
Grapes are grown up the shed and over a pergola made from sustainable locally coppiced sweet chestnut wood, the summerhouse roof is used for growing veg and water is caught from the shed roof and stored in a butt.
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