Paul Wheaton of Permies.com on Permaculture, Ponds and Perennials

Paul Wheaton Permies.com

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today on Grow Edible I talk permaculture, earthworks, and perennials with Permies.com founder Paul Wheaton. Paul is the always outspoken, often unorthodox and occasionally wonderfully obnoxious “bad boy” of the Permaculture world.     Show Notes Today us today as we discuss: What it takes to run the largest Permaculture [Continue Reading...]

Permaculture Parenting

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Note: this is a super long post, and much of it is personal story and observation stuff. If you want to just skip to the bottom for the take-away lessons on combining Permaculture with parenting, please feel free. For a while there my son and I were really butting heads. I’ve been at the end [Continue Reading...]

Understand Thermal Mass To Be A Climate Zone Hacker!

Themal Mass, Gardening, Climate Zones

Picture yourself on a beach. It’s late August and you’re sinking your bare feet into the sand. You can feel the warmth of the sand on your toes. It’s not just warm, it’s downright hot. It’s starting to be uncomfortable, so you wiggle your feet a few inches down into the sand where it is [Continue Reading...]

If You Give A Gardener A Book, She’ll Wonder About A Swale

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It’s really amazing how quickly a week can slip by with barely a post written. It’s not that there isn’t anything to write about. Au contraire. There is so much to write about, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start with my shoulders. Cause, damn, they are sore. I’m no stranger to a [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Edible Landscaping With A Permaculture Twist

Edible Landscaping

I can’t explain how much I love this book. The author, Michael Judd, sent me a copy and asked me to take a look at it. This kind of thing happens with some regularity, so I have this huge stack of books that are already in my “read and review” pile. I know if you’re [Continue Reading...]

World Domination Gardening?

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You guys probably know that the half-ass hugelkultur beds I built a few years ago rock my world. They have been super productive. In fact, I like this permaculture bed-building technique so much that in a recent re-build of some of my old traditional raised beds, I experimented with making a normal raised beds into [Continue Reading...]

{Giveaway} Permaculture Playing Cards

Permaculture Playing Cards

Periodically there are advantages to being a blogger. I fell in love with these stunning Permaculture Playing Cards and was about to buy myself a pack on Amazon when I remembered that I knew the guy who made them. So I emailed Paul Wheaton, the founder of Permies.com, and said, “Hey, before I buy these [Continue Reading...]

How To Use Pee In Your Garden

How To Use Pee In Your Garden

If you can get over the ewwww factor, pee-cycling your own urine into the garden makes good sense. Fresh urine is high in nitrogen, moderate in phosphorus and low in potassium and can act as an excellent high-nitrogen liquid fertilizer or as a compost accelerator. Components of Urine The exact breakdown of urine varies depending on the [Continue Reading...]

Can You Heat Your Home With Bricks and Twigs? Paul Wheaton Thinks So.

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Let’s say, just for argument’s sake, that you think the world would be a better place if the collective “we” used less coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy and other heat-generating resources. Or, maybe you don’t give a rip about the environment but you sure like saving money. Perhaps you just need a reliable DIY way to [Continue Reading...]

Those Kooky Permaculture People: An Avocado Tree Grows in Seattle

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Look, I’ll be honest: sometimes the Permaculture community makes claims that seem….well, kooky. Grow pineapples in Seattle? With enough heat-sink big rocks, we can do that! Plant invasive weeds all over your garden? Heck ya, that’s nature’s own deep mineral mining company, right there! Build weird snake-shaped ponds that act as giant solar reflectors to increase [Continue Reading...]

Improve Your Soil With Chemical Exudates (It’s Not What You Think)

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Guest post by Kelly Scott of Sweet Bay Farm. Thanks Kelly! The more I learn about farming, the more I realize that plants are truly wondrous things.  It’s easy to think plants are boring and passive.  After all, they just sit there. But here’s some news!  Plants are powerful chemists and very active participators in their [Continue Reading...]

While I’m Away, Check These Out

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Hi Friends, I’ll be posting sporadically this week, if at all. It’s Spring Break: time to spend some time with the kiddos and get some solid work in on a few garden projects I’ve been needing to wrap up. While I’m quiet, here’s some stuff I’ve been loving: Back To Eden – an amazing film, [Continue Reading...]