Category Archives: Self-Sustainability

Basket Making From Foraging and Found Material

It’s fall in NE Georgia and the leaves are turning, with some freeze in the short future. From the many things growing around in the garden and wild crafting, it’s time to harvest and gather basket making material for winter … Continue reading

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Getting the Garden Ready for Freeze

Friends, we’re nearing the time we are getting freezing weather. In our area of NE Georgia, it’s supposed to freeze tomorrow night. So, it’s rush around and prepare. Here are some of the things we do here at Hillside Garden … Continue reading

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Transitioning from Summer to Fall in the Edible, Orchard and Herb Gardens

By Diann Dirks 10-9-18 Hillside Gardens, Auburn, Ga. Many of us have gardens in the summer. But did you know that unless you are in the bitterest of cold areas, growing cool and cold weather crops can substantially increase your … Continue reading

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Diatomaceous Earth Magic

By Diann Dirks It’s interesting to me that something that looks so innocent and ordinary (looks like flour) can have so many miraculous benefits. This substance is the mummified remains of quadrillions of tiny micro-organisms deposited in the earth millions … Continue reading

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What is Permaculture Design?

The word Permaculture comes from “Permanent and Culture”. It’s how nature runs – using permanent systems (cultures) that have survived billions of years on this planet. This is a scientific system of environmental design based on the long term observations … Continue reading

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Repelling the bad bugs of summer

Insect Repellant without chemicals – mosquitoes, ticks etc. So many of the bug repellents on the market have chemicals and toxic elements in them. Even Neem causes reactions in some people. So, with some good research and experimenting with what … Continue reading

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Good Design in Life

Good Design in Life By Diann Dirks If you look around you, you will find everything in your life that you use (even nature) is based on a conceptual design, manifested into physical universe stuff. There are things that work … Continue reading

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