The Seven Layers of a Forest

Layers are one of the many tools used to design and implement functional ecosystems which are sustainable and of direct benefit to humans. Mature ecosystems have a large number of relationships between the component parts: trees, understory, ground cover, soil, fungi, insects and animals. Because trees, plants, etc grow to different heights it is extremely…

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The Secret Under Your Feet: Soil

If you’re new to organic homesteading, you might have the romantic idea that since you are growing food the “natural” way, all you need to do is sow some seeds and Mother Nature will take care of the rest. Sadly, this isn’t true. If you’re planning to turn your yard into a permaculture paradise, don’t…

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Increase Your Garden’s Yield With A Worm Tower

A worm tower is an easy and inexpensive way to increase the yield from your garden – boosting the fertility of your plants, improving the quality of your soil, and even processing organic waste in an effective and earth-friendly way. The tower is essentially just a worm farm, half-buried in your garden. Through holes drilled…

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