Tag Archives forPosts written in 2022

Deep Litter Composting With Chickens

Deep Litter Composting With Chickens

About an 8 to 10 minute read | 25th April, 2022

An earth-floor, deep-litter system has big benefits for the health and well-being of chickens, and it's also the easiest way I know to build an ongoing compost creation system in which most of the work is done for you. 

This article shares what we've learned about deep-litter composting since we  built our new earth floor chicken shed in 2019.

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Balancing Busy-ness with Rest

Balancing Busy-ness with Rest

About a 3 to 4 minute read | 28th March, 2022

A week ago (give or take) was the Equinox - the time of balanced light and dark at the midway point through Autumn (Southern Hemisphere) or Spring.

This is a great time to examine our own lives to see how we're managing the balancing act between doing and resting. This short post shares an uncommon idea for our culture and our times: "It is safe to rest."


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Mexican Tarragon

Mexican Tarragon

About a 4-5 minute read
14th Mar, 2022

It took me a while to begin to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Mexican tarragon in my garden. Then I learned almost by accident what a delicious iced tea it makes, and from there I discovered its huge array of potential uses in the kitchen, the medicine cabinet, and the garden. 

I’m so glad I started learning more about Mexican tarragon. Here’s what I’ve discovered so far.

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​What the Waning Moon can Teach Us about ​​​Connection ​​and Support

What the Waning Moon can Teach Us about Connection and Support

About a 4 minute read
28th Feb, 2022

I'm writing this post as the current lunar cycle ebbs towards its ending. In a few days time the moon will disappear from sight as this cycle ends, and then reappear in another new beginning. 

The waning moon and the still, empty, "mid-winter" moment at the dark of the moon have much to teach us if we're paying attention. 

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Happy Meat, Happy Ecosystems, Happy People

Cattle standing under trees

Happy Meat, Happy Ecosystems, Happy People

About a 10 minute read
21st Feb, 2022

What is "happy meat?"

Is meat-eating inherently destructive, or can we have “happy ecosystems” along with happy meat?

What does meat-eating mean for human health on a more-than physical levelAnd what about avoiding eating animal products because you care about animals' welfare?

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Home Dairying, Banana Milkshakes, and Spare Egg Whites

Home-Dairying, Banana Milkshakes, and Spare Egg Whites

About a 3 minute read
14th Feb, 2022

This super-short post is not an in depth how-to post. It has commentary on home-dairying, a tongue-in-cheek recipe for raw-milk banana milkshake, and something easy and useful to do with your egg whites when you only need the yolks. There are also a few links to related resources that I hope you'll find helpful.

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Farm Update: In the Garden

Farm Update: In the Garden

about a 3 minute read, lots of pics
7th Feb, 2022

Pictures and commentary from our garden. Plants that get a particular mention are pawpaws and sweet potatoes, and there are brief references to quite a few other food plants/herbs, most of them with links to further reading if you're interested..  

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Moving from Control Toward Intelligent Interaction, in Gardening and in Life

Moving from Control toward Intelligent Interaction, in Gardening and in Life

About a 10 minute read
31st January, 2022

What gardeners do is somewhere on a continuum from controlling  the life (and death) cycles in the garden, to managing them, to interacting intelligently with them. We tend to default to control because of our culturally ingrained assumption that without control there will be chaos and anarchy.

This has implications far beyond the garden. How do our assumptions about the need for control shape our world?

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Bananas for Mulch Production and Erosion Control

Bananas for Mulch Production and Erosion Control

About a 5 to 6 minute read, lots of pictures
24th January, 2022

The possible uses for bananas--the fruit, the foliage, and the trunks--seem almost endless. In this article I share lots of images and ideas for using banana patches as mulch producers and for an erosion control project.

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