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Applying Permaculture to the Home Garden: Toby Hemenway on Writer’s Voice

Francesca Rheannon of Writer’s Voice talks to Toby Hemenway, author of the new classic Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, in the first part of this podcast on Sustainable Gardening.

When you think about natural, sustainable gardening, says Toby, “organic” is really just the starting point. What a permaculture gardener is really trying to achieve is to mimic the processes that go on in nature. Say you walk into a forest: everything looks fine. You go back in three months later: things are pretty much the same. With minimal, if any, human inputs, nature takes care of itself. How can we apply this to our own backyard gardens? That’s the question Toby Hemenway tries to answer in his never-ending quest to dispense permaculture across the land, like Caine dispensing justice on “Kung Fu.”

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Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start.Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes developed […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

Uncovering the Many Uses for Abundant Kudzu

As Invasive Species Week comes to a close, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,  share alternative approaches to understanding and managing Kudzu. Take a look through our final profile and check out any you might have missed along the way: Oxeye […] Read More..

Oxeye Daisy: A Plant for the Pollinators

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on Oxeye Daisy and check out tips for working with Garlic […] Read More..

How to Manage Invasive Thistle and Improve Your Soil

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on two variations of Thistle and check out tips for working […] Read More..