A Bloggin' We Shall Go: Your Favorite Blog Posts from 2016


Ah, 2016 – where did the time fly?

It seems like only earlier this year we were excited about designing swales and getting to know more about no-till farming, and we ended up focusing on the heart, ketogenic diets and seeking a bio-abundant future.

While the top 7 blog posts of the year don’t exactly share a single theme, they are emblematic of how Chelsea Green readers continue to seek out new information, and new ways to do old jobs. Or, old ways to do new things. Or just the right way to do new and old things. It works out fine either way for us.

Take a spin back through the year via this seven posts, and maybe bookmark them for projects that you’ll need to get to in 2017.

Here is a quick rundown of the top blog posts. Did you click on any of them? If so, thank you. If not … well, there’s still time. Three of these posts are how-to tips from author Shawn Jadrnicek, The Bio-Integrated FarmShawn Jadrnicek (pictured right) and his book The Bio-Integrated Farm, which was released in early 2016. The blog posts featuring Shawn were part of our annual Permaculture Month series, in which we put several Chelsea Green permaculture experts at your disposal to ask those burning questions about swales, no-till farming, and much more.

The full list, ordered by date of appearance.

Gardening Tips from Eliot Coleman: How to Start Seedlings in a Cold Frame (February)

Not Level? No Problem. How to Build a Greenhouse on a Slope (April)

Tips on No-till Farming and Cover Crops (May)

How To Design Swales for Optimum Water Flow (May)

The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future (September)

Ketogenic Diet and the Metabolic Theory of Cancer (September)

Author Thomas Cowan: The Heart is Not a Pump (November)

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