Category Archives: Permaculture

Lazy systems – how do we build systems in an urban setting that mimic and assist nature. What nitrogen fixers can we plant near the fruit trees to feed them so I don’t have to buy/schlep fertilizers? What can I plant so that I can mulch in place? Nasturtium? Comfrey? Rhubarb? How do we conserve and make best use of the little rainwater that falls here?

What’s eating my raspberry leaves?

Do you know what causes this kind of damage to raspberry leaves? I recently noticed that one plant (of the 6 in the area) appears to have been munched on.  Whatever it is, it’s made a lace out of the … Continue reading

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Spring is here?

Nearly everything is blooming around here.  The plum is not, but peaches, almonds, apples, blueberries and peas are.  The potatoes are going bonkers and the new little raspberry plants are sending out some new growth. Back in the end of … Continue reading

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Bare root season

It’s bare root season and here’s the list of what’s available at Walter Andersen’s.  I picked up a bunch of stuff and got to work.  First there were the strawberries  – I got 10 each of 2 different day-neutral varieties … Continue reading

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Pruned the fig tree

It may be a little hard to see in these before and after pictures, but I took lots of wood off the the tree.  I’ve read that mature fig trees can withstand some pretty severe pruning.  In some areas of … Continue reading

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The Back 40

Our urban lot is about 40′ x 100′ – approximately 1/10 acre.  It drops down into a little canyon in the back.  Over the last few years I’ve been doing quite a bit of work back there.  Last fall I … Continue reading

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