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Free Bees! How to Build Swarm Traps and Bait Hives Really Cheap

Spring is just around the corner even if there is several inches of snow on the ground!  February is a great time to start building swarm traps and setting bait hives ready for swarm season to catch a free swarm.  I built this 3 frame bait hive using reclaimed wood picked up at the Habitat for Humanity Restore nearby.  Find out how I did it by reading on. Read More


How To Grow Potatoes

February is here and that means I have one thing on my mind and it isn’t Valentine’s Day; it’s POTATOES!  I’m all about how to grow potatoes this month and my growing season is well under way already.  Read on to find out how to grow potatoes in your garden. Read More

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New Chicken Yard With A Permaculture Twist

I like to give my backyard chickens plenty of room to move about in but there are a couple of downsides to letting them free range throughout the whole yard. I’m going to use my skills as a Permaculture Designer to create a chicken friendly yard for them!

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My Hive Is Probably Dead

My beehive is probably dead.  We hear no gentle humming when we put an ear up to the hive and the bodies of dead bees outside the door is piling up to alarming proportions.  I think I made a heap of novice beekeeping mistakes and those rookie errors killed my hive but I won’t know until Spring.

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My Biodynamic Gardening Experiment

Biodynamic gardening is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach gardening and 2018 will be an interesting year in the garden as I experiment more with biodynamic gardening as I build my skills as a permaculture designer in my own backyard.

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Designing a Permaculture Orchard: How to Grow More Food In Your Backyard

A permaculture orchard in your backyard is a great way to be able to grow more food and for those of you who are into prepping, a food forest is a stealthy way to grow food.  Read on to find out how to grow a backyard permaculture orchard.

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How To Trial Plants In Your Garden And Why You Should

Gardening provides great freedom in the choice of plants available and this winter, the seed catalogs arriving in the post with new plants for the next season show a snapshot of the choices available in glorious color printing.  Read on to find out what new varieties of plants I will be growing and the totally new plants my 2018 garden. Read More