Category Archives: Soil fertility and yield

Increasing Yield 9-4-19

In Permaculture* Design, we are always working to increase yield in our land while always increasing fertility and restoring top soil. In modern agriculture, yield is more of a statistic than a measure of viability of the land. The USDA … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Mulching 9-2-19

Mulch – what a funny word for such a wonderful happy garden maker. Mulching is one technique I have used for many years. I see these perfect gardens with open rich black earth and green plants beautifully profiled there, and … Continue reading

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Native Species, The Treasure of Appalachia, and Permaculture Design Restoring the Earth – A Message of Hope 8-28-19

Native peoples of the Cherokee identified and used over 1500 species of native plants for medicine and food in the Appalachian Range and foothills. They sustained these plants for use in a wide variety of ways. Unfortunately their medicine wasn’t … Continue reading

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Garden Walking – The Garden Daily Walkabout 6-27-19

If you have a garden you know the old saying. “The best fertilizer there is the shadow of the gardener.” In that vein, spreading that shadow around the garden is a big part of not only the care of a … Continue reading

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Winter to Summer Transition – Succession Planting 6-12-19

If the crazy weather we’ve been having has put your garden planting plans in “I am totally overwhelmed” mood, then here’s a tip. If you have things already growing in your beds from winter, and some of them are still … Continue reading

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Early Summer at Hillside Gardens

It has once again gotten unseasonably hot. We are a month ahead due to the weather and it has been a scramble to get everything planted for summer, and clear the beds of bolting plants from the winter crops. We … Continue reading

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The Tomato ‘guild’ Planting

It’s planting time for summer here at Hillside Gardens, in NE Georgia.   Yesterday my friend and intern Mandy and I planted a tomato bed. It’s about 10’x5′ rock walled terrace in full sun. The soil is well developed over … Continue reading

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