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.
Within any balanced ecosystem, there are tons of things to eat. The trick is finding and using them without upsetting that balance, or your belly. Knowing your ecosystem is paramount to using it as a food source.
A wicking bed is an extremely water efficient way to garden, and its frame allows for easy installation of either shade cloth or greenhouse plastic.