Hugelkultur Gardening

Hugelkultur Gardening

Victory gardening seems to be on the upswing as people turn their attention to growing food. I’m a big fan of hugelkultur guilds. This type of gardening is super easy and brings high yields!

Hugelkultur is German for “hill culture.” Hugelkultur employs nontoxic and noninvasive logs and branches, fallen leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, food waste, dead things the cat brings in, spent grains from the local brewery, seaweed, manure from chickens, rabbits, horses, etc., compost, whatever biomass is available, ...

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Plant Medicine Made Easy

 

 

While you can find as many ways to make herbal medicine as there are blogs on the internet, the following is a short plant medicine making tutorial based on my more than 30 years of making herbal remedies.

Herbal remedies. It’s important to know how to make the basics and to have many options to accommodate preferences. How can we support a person with plants if they won’t or can’t take alcohol tinctures, don’t like the taste of teas, or think that ...

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Eliminating Mites and Parasites in Poultry Flocks, Naturally

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Mite infestations in chickens, turkeys, and game birds can run from a nuisance to a health hazard to death, depending on the severity of the infestation. While mites can accumulate due to poor coop and pen management, even the most fastidious poultry keeper may find mites in the hen house. Mites can be brought in by wild birds, rodents, even on the shoes and clothes of people returning home from visiting other ...

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Cottonwood and Willow: Nature’s Pain Relievers

Cottonwood, Populus balsamifera, is the largest broadleaf deciduous tree in the Pacific Northwest. It is a member of the Salicaceae family, which makes it willow’s cousin. Cottonwood trees exist near rivers and lakes. They grow to be very tall and are on the narrow side. I’m not talking about Lombardy poplars, Populus nigra, the super skinny trees you’ll find in prairies and open ranges used as windscreens on farms ...

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Roasted Dandelion Roots

The entire dandelion plant is a primo liver healer and strengthener. We can live without our fingers, we can lose an arm and still keep going, but we can’t live without our liver! Dandelion nourishes and strengthens our immune system. It is a digestive bitter, as it heals and nourishes the entire digestive tract. It helps us to get full nutrition from the foods we eat, and tones and nourishes the spleen, skin, nerves, kidneys, glands, urinary, circulatory, lymph, and gallbladder. It ...

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Victory Garden Herbs

 

Spring is (finally) in the air here in the PNW; buds are popping open, and plants are emerging. The herbs in my garden are arising healthy and rarin’ to go after a cold winter’s sleep under mineral rich rotting leaves. It seems that everyone has spring fever!

Lately I’ve been talking with a lot of ...

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