Composting in the desert

Anyone who gardens or simply cooks a lot of vegetables quickly finds out - you must have a compost pile! Vegetable waste translates into useful fertilizer and soil very quickly if you compost, so it is a huge waste NOT to create some composting system - not to mention the cost of buying bags of [...]

Sheepy poos

When my husband introduced me to his two icelandic sheep, I asked what their names were. He looked slightly embarrassed and told me he hadn't named them. Strangely, two names instantly came to me, and I asked if I could use them. He kindly acquiesced. So let me introduce you to two of the biggest contributors to [...]

Desert garden design

Over the past ten years or so my husband has been planting a fairly traditional garden. Each year he tills the ground with a tractor then digs out rows to plant his seeds and transplants. With my visions of permaculture I of course wasn't satisfied with this approach. Tilling with a tractor compresses the soil and also [...]

Cold frame conundrum

I have four cold frames that I made using plastic storage bins and two more that use glass with the thermal mass of bricks and stone. These are experimental and so far I'm seeing some clear differences in the results. The seeds started in the thermal mass cold frames are thriving and growing much more quickly than [...]

New life in macro

If you're a gardener but have never planted from seed before, you really must try it. Every year when I plant seeds there's always some doubt: they might not come up. And yes, sometimes for various reasons some seeds don't come up. But most of them do. Suddenly, on their own schedule, they come up, sprouting [...]