Monthly Archives: April 2013

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.

Take a moment to realize how gorgeous it all is.

In order to stay focused on saving the world, it is important to remember WHY it is worth saving.
Take a moment to look up from your smart phone and see how beautiful the world is.

I want many many more generations of people to be able to see such natural loveliness.
I know you do too.

Sustainable Living – Rule #1

Wear sunscreen.

In the first three days of my post-corporate life, I have been elbows-deep in three different gardens while relishing our strange proto-summer.

I am now the proud owner of a bona fide sunburnt nose and an authentic farmer’s tan.

My new paradigm will have to significantly increase its SPF.

Here is my Truth: My life Mission is to learn and teach sustainable living skills.

The world is worth saving. YOU are worth saving.

School is now in session.