A forest garden mimics a natural ecosystem and uses perennial plants and trees, which either live for a long time and/or reseed themselves. Here's how to set one up.
No matter where you live, there are times when it will rain hard. You do not want the flow that a downpour can cause to harm your building, so put some thought into it before the rains come.
A living roof is exactly what it sounds like. You have soil as your roof and plants grow to cover it. It is beautiful, keeps your home cool, cheap and natural.
Several weeks ago, we took some cuttings from a grape vine and rooted them. We dipped each cutting in some rooting hormone and put them in a mix of perlite and dirt.
Forest gardening is an excellent way to maximise space and resources. Forests are highly productive, self-sustaining systems that require little in terms of management. It makes sense to design our food production systems based on those principles.