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Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style – FOLLOW-UP

February 28, 2016 in Gardening, Homesteading, Permaculture by Claude

It’s all good and well to write a post about hedge-laying siberian pea shrub, but then what? Did it live? Did it shrivel and die? Well, I’m glad to say, it lived, and in fact it thrived. Here are some pictures of the first signs of life in the spring after laying the hedge as a hedgerow: It took a
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Laying siberian peashrub hedge English-style

April 24, 2014 in Gardening, Homesteading, Permaculture by Claude

Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens) is a very popular plant in permaculture, and for good reason: it’s a nitrogen fixer that is fast-growing and makes many flowers that are very beneficial to honeybees. The pea shrub grows several meters tall and makes a good windbreak. It drops its leaves and peas in the fall and creates the best quality soil underneath
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Building Hügelkultur raised beds

August 22, 2013 in Permaculture by Claude

One of the first projects on the new land was to build hugelkultur raised garden beds, à la Sepp Holzer. Hügelbeet is German (generally spelled hugel-bed in English) and means hill-shaped garden bed, but specifically, it has come to mean wood-filled hill-shaped raised bed. Sepp Holzer has used these on a large scale in order to create micro-climates that allow him
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