What:  Free online permaculture class When: October 31 – November 27, 2016 Oregon State University is launching a huge public education project – Intro to Permaculture – a free permaculture design course that covers the foundations of the permaculture design system in 4 weeks.  Participants need to plan on 12-16 hours of engagement in this Read More →

  It’s autumn —  time to pull up and compost dead garden plants, empty  planters, and store garden decor for the winter.   Yet now is also a great time to start a new garden and let nature do the work for you! Sheet mulching is a technique where you cover the ground with overlapping pieces of biodegradable material, such as cardboard, Read More →

The perfect lawn…soft, lush, green…a pleasure to walk and sit on.  But that perfect green lawn takes a lot of water, fertilizer, and chemicals to maintain in that perfect state.  According to Environmental and Human Health, Inc., there are 30 million acres of lawn in the United States and an estimated 80 million pounds of Read More →

Hey gardeners, it’s planting time.  Another fork in the road, another ecofriendly decision — which path to take — should I buy organic or conventional seeds? Three reasons to buy organic seeds (thanks to High Mowing Organic Seeds and Johnny’s Selected Seeds): Avoid chemicals — Seed crops are heavy users of synthetic agricultural chemicals.  Plants raised Read More →

Want to know the hardest part about being ecofriendly?  You must constantly question, investigate and take action — incorporate your new-found information into your lifestyle.  And that brings me to peat moss… I wanted to try a specific vegetable garden method but found out it uses 1/3 peat moss in the base soil for each raised Read More →