Two years ago we began to reclaim a large area in our yard for chive production. The space was overrun with lilies, and the chives were occupying the minority of the space. Simply by cutting back the lilies (not digging them out) the chives began to become dominant over time. Last year we thought “great…a chive garden just 50 feet from our kitchen”, we would be cutting chives daily for all our culinary needs. Well our good intentions got lost in the busy lives. I think all year I may have made it out once to cut a hand full of chives for an omelette.
Quiche is a superstar dish that you should know if you strive to live a sustainable homestead lifestyle. First of all, this versatile player is not defined to any meal period. You can serve it at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Secondly, almost anything can go into a quiche. Have two lonely asparagus spears that grew late in your garden? Mix them with some other veggies and make an easy quiche. Your hens in full production …
Hugelkultur – is a German concept meaning “hill culture”. In our house we pronounce it – “hoogal – culture”.
It seems to me, hugelkultur is one of the easiest permaculture techniques you can add to your backyard today! To create a hugel bed (hugelkultur raised garden bed) you, simply, bury wood under topsoil. A hugel bed needs clean natural wood, do not use wood that has been treated!
I set out to build our hugel beds over one weekend! In our last house I put a couple hugel beds in, and dug the holes by hand, which was a lot of hard-ass work worked well. …