Keeping Chickens Cool in Hot Weather

Over the last few days here, our chickens have been hiding out in deeper shade as much as possible. We are fortunate here that we do not have extreme heat in summer. Though it has been warm for our hens, (mid 20 degrees C.) the heat does not reach dangerous levels. Of course, we’ve beenContinue reading “Keeping Chickens Cool in Hot Weather”

Case Study: California Permaculture Design

The site is in Livermore, California, on the eastern edge of San Francisco Bay Area. It is a two acre plot, which is planned to house and provide for a family of four. The surrounding land is to be leased to a vineyard, so the surrounding area will ultimately be surrounded by vines. The designContinue reading “Case Study: California Permaculture Design”

Freedom and What We Do With It

Our chickens are finally out of their own lockdown today. They had to be confined to a covered run due to bird flu. So, as many of us have been locked down to a degree over the last months, our hens also did not have the freedom they are used to. They have very muchContinue reading “Freedom and What We Do With It”

Case Study: Virginia Permaculture Design

In this case study, you can see my design for a domestic garden in Dayton, Virginia. Dayton is in USDA Hardiness Zone 6b. This is the broad concept plan and planting outline for the design. Further to this, I also provided the client with detailed planting plans for each of the main areas, and suggestedContinue reading “Case Study: Virginia Permaculture Design”

Wildlife Pond Tips

I have spoken before about how wonderful a wildlife pond can be, and what a good idea it can often be to add a pond to your property. I recently wrote this article for Treehugger on the subject – with simple tips for anyone who is thinking about creating a wildlife pond and would likeContinue reading “Wildlife Pond Tips”

Case Study: Indianapolis Permaculture Design

The plan above is for a large domestic garden in Indianapolis. According to permaculture principles, it has been designed with the site and location in mind. Site The design of course takes into account the local climate and conditions, and the soil of the area, which is typically in the inceptisols order, and the SycamoreContinue reading “Case Study: Indianapolis Permaculture Design”

Case Study: Conceptual Permaculture Design

Permaculture design usually begins with observation of a particular site. Occasionally, however, it can begin with conceptual design. The image above shows a plan developed for a client who wanted a concept plan for a permaculture retreat somewhere in northern Italy. Unusually, the client has not yet found land for the project. But wanted conceptualContinue reading “Case Study: Conceptual Permaculture Design”

Comfrey – A Great Multipurpose Permaculture Plant

One of the most useful plants I grow is not one we eat. Rather, it is that workhorse of the permaculture garden – comfrey. If you are already into permaculture, you are no doubt already aware of the benefits of this perennial plant. But for those who are new to the concept, here is aContinue reading “Comfrey – A Great Multipurpose Permaculture Plant”

Keeping Chickens – Sustainable Solutions For Your Flock

One of the ways that I am boosting sustainability at home is by keeping a flock of rescue chickens. We could, of course, purchase eggs from one of our wonderful local farm shops or suppliers. (There are several great options in our area.) But we are lucky enough to have space for 15 hens orContinue reading “Keeping Chickens – Sustainable Solutions For Your Flock”