So you’ve decided to fill your garden with joyful chickens…Here are a few tips on raising chickens naturally…Happy healthy chickens make for healthy eggs and less hassle. Shelter: Chickens will need adequate shelter. This will depend on your climate and predators. Chickens will need a draft-free dry coop with adequate ventilation. If your climate is cold a heat source should be available for winter. A solid concrete floor or a raised coop are ideal as this will ma...
Gateway: links to our projects, blogs, and forum discussions re: growing our own food With the current state of our environment and our society many people are beginning to grow their own food, whether that is on a farm, in a backyard or on a balcony. This shift to “back to the basics” has many gardeners learning about strategies to work with nature to create an abundance of organic goodness. Here, at GardenTenders.com, our members share lots of information and first-hand ex...
Although we have a very short growing season and are limited in the fruit varieties that can grow here, I am very lucky for the numerous wild berries that grow in our area. Wild blueberries are abundant although due to urban sprawl many blueberry picking areas are disappearing and the ones that remain are being harvested more densely but even so we still have a bountiful supply of these extremely tasty little berries. Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) Another common be...
March 13, 2012 Following a comment by Vince Kirchner, posted on Daltxguy's blog here, I thought about using bar soap instead of liquid shampoo. As Vince stated this means no plastic containers, no transporting of excess water. Good points. Recently I had received a free sample of Dr. Bronner's bar soap from Well.ca and today I thought I’d give it a try. Probably not the best day for the experiment as I am headed to my now favourite restaurant Smoke-n-Bones in London, Ontario for ...
A few years back, Pam and I enjoyed a day at Bok Towers in Lake Wales, Florida. It was October and they were having thier Boktober Fest including music and venders. It happened to also be the same weekend as Biketober Fest in Daytona. Being the loving (and smart) hubby that I am, I offered to skip Biketober fest and take Pam to Bok Tower. There was one condition, since I was giving up biketober fest, we’d ride the Harley. (I was told the hat is a fashion statement)Now I say “smart” becau...
Have any of you heard of The Mountain School in Vermont? The first part of their info states “The Mountain School of Milton Academy is an independent semester program that provides high school juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural Vermont.” If I were of that age again, I think I’d like go there – and when my children are old enough I’m going have them look into it. Since I work for a study abroad organization, sending college stu...
Hi Everyone! I am a single land owner who is looking to startup a berry farm! I don’t qualify for farming grants or loans, so I am looking to the community for support! I own 5 acres of land and I am raising seed donations as well as funds to help me to start a goji berry and lochness blackberry farm on the 5 acres! For more details about my project go here: http://www.gofundme.com/Organic-Berry-Farm Thanks!- Tom
March 11/10 Yesterday was my birthday (I am now a full-grown woman, according to Native beliefs) and my daughter gave me a gardening book. :) ”The Organic Garden” by Allan Shepherd It is a great book, filled with lots of gardening wisdom. It focuses on the UK but gardening strategies are gardening strategies. It is written with a sense of humour and a bit of poetic flare. This would be a perfect book for someone thinking about starting a garden, walking you through the sp...
June 11/12 Earlier this year I planted some watercress in a floating container and put it in our upper pond (the filtration section). It didn’t take long before I saw some little sprouts stickin their heads up out of the soil. I might have planted them too thick, but “live and learn” is one of the many mottos of a gardener. Also, other than knowing that watercress is edible, I don’t think I have ever eaten it so I am unsure of when to harvest. But I keep my eye o...
I’m really excited about having connected with Eric Toensmeier for an interview of sorts, as he answers questions posted by our members. Eric Toensmeier is the author of “Perennial Vegetables” and shares his wisdom and experiences not only in his book but on his website and in his videos as well. For me, he is one of today’s experts on permaculture and is an inspiration to gardeners everywhere. Eric Toensmeier (photo from his website) This is R...
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