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Resource Thursday

I have been so busy reading the archives of my first highlighted resource below, I completely missed posting Resource Thursday on Thursday! So without further ado – here is a highlight of the new links added to our Sustainability Resources page for everything Local/Sustainable/Eco-Conscious and Green:

Sustainable Lifestyle & Blogs: The Walden Effect – 58 acre homestead in South eastern Virginia going on their 7th year back to the land. A fascinating glimpse into what lies ahead for us on Berry Mountain.

Permaculture Centers of Learning: Fingerlakes Permaculture near Alpine, NY USA

FOOD FOOD FOOD! Eat the Weeds on YouTube

Seed and Plant Suppliers: Bountiful Gardens

Organizations: Center for Wilderness Safety

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Okay gang! Until next week – let me know if you have a good resource that we should know about.

Save the World. Learn and Grow.

Sustainability Resource Thursday!

Thursdays at will highlight the new resources we found during the week. As we are in the early days of this blog, the information will be coming fast and furious, but I want to share a few new exciting additions to the Sustainability Resources page.

I am particularly thrilled to share these with you this week:

Favorite Homesteading Blogger this week:  Nourishing Days

Favorite Sustainable Farm/Homestead this week: Radical Roots Farm in Keezeltown, VA

Favorite Permaculture Center of Learning this week: Milkwood Permaculture in Sydney, Australia

Favorite Food Related Website this week:  Backyard

Favorite Tiny House Vendor this week:  Four Lights Tiny House Company

Favorite Seed and/or Plant Vendor this week:  Raintree Nursery in Morton, WA

Favorite Sustainability Event highlighted this week:  12th Annual Rappahannock Plant Sale at Waterpenny Farm, Sperryville, VA – a flea market of native, useful and beautiful plants well suited to the local biogregion – Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Be sure to check out the Sustainability Resources page each week for new additions and let me know if you find something we should include.

Let’s Save the World. Build Community.


Grow Your Own: Herb Spiral – perfect for small spaces

Reducing your carbon footprint means sourcing a lot of what you use on a daily basis within your own home. A perfect example are the herbs you use everyday. An herb spiral is a great way to maximize small spaces if your growing areas are compact, and they provide an excellent teaching opportunity for children and guests.

Below is a photo of a small herb spiral I planted today in one of my two community garden plots.

Herb Spiral in Nottoway Garden - April 2013

Herb Spiral in Nottoway Garden – April 2013

It is probably only about 2 and a half feet across – they can become quite a bit larger and higher as your space allows – permitting more varieties to be planted.

Personally, I can’t wait to bring my troop of Daisy scouts to the garden so they can smell all the different herbs planted there: dill, chives, cilantro, tarragon, thyme, oregano, sage and lavender.

Herb spirals are great teaching tools for kids and non-gardeners alike. The higher up the spiral you go, the hotter and drier the environment; the lower down the spiral, the moister and cooler the herb preferences become. Mediterranean herbs (like rosemary and lavender) prefer the hot/dry; while more delicate herbs (like dill, chives and cilantro) prefer cooler/moister. I say build herb spirals near the door closest to your kitchen or your outdoor grill so you have easy, ready access to fresh herbs whenever you want them!

There are a lot of theories on the proper construction methods for herb spirals. I recommend you Google the options and choose for yourself dependent on the space and resources available to you.

I will post a photo of the spiral in a few weeks to update you on its progress!

Let’s Save the World! Grow your own.