Butchering Chickens: Tips from the Trenches

My lone experience with butchering came as happenstance (read about that, here) but I'm hoping that meat birds will be part of our future plan. I asked for some advice over on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page from those who've done it. There were so many good tips, it seemed selfish to keep them to myself. So […] Read More


Gardens from Far and Wide

When it comes to gardens I absolutely love to see what other people are growing -- and how. I thought it would be fun to share some of the great gardens my readers have been sharing. A little inspiration for you! From Patricia ^^ Front to back: Yellow and zucchini squash, cabbage ready to harvest, and snow […] Read More


No-Till Lasagna Bed Gardening — Easy, Peasy

In a hurry to get at least a little bit of a garden in at our new place, the obvious option was to build a lasagna bed garden. I've done this before and had good luck with it; with lots of relatively flat area (yay!) to choose from, it was super easy to get started. […] Read More


We’ve Moved!

You've heard me lament my small shady growing space, my steep lot, my difficulty in growing as much food as I'd like. So imagine how happy I am to announce that we've moved to a larger piece of property that will allow us to expand our garden! Imagine how happy I am to say that […] Read More


Five for Friday: Growing Herbs

Herbs. Whether you use them for flavoring dishes or medicinally, they're a great addition to your garden. Herbs are---generally speaking---easy to grow, good looking (hello, subversive gardening!), and are often attractive to bees. A favorite of butterflies, purple coneflower is a sturdy plant that holds up well in the heat of summer. It's also the […] Read More


Grow Your Own Food!

We talk a LOT about growing food around here. Visitors to this site range from absolute newbies to gardeners well-versed in all of the intricacies of growing food. No matter the level of expertise though, one common thread is this: You're all looking for even more information. Have I got good news for you. The […] Read More


A Dozen Edibles Pretty Enough to Fool Your Homeowners Association

If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association (HOA), you probably know all too well how restrictive they can be in what's allowed---or more frustratingly---not allowed. HOAs often don't allow chickens. Or painting your home outside of a very narrow color spectrum. Or planting a vegetable garden in the front yard. Hold the […] Read More

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Make a Wicking Bed – Great for Drought Gardens

Wicking beds are very water efficient. These self-contained planters have a reservoir of water at the bottom and a wicking medium that slowly pulls water up to the plant roots. The folks over at Bits Out the Back created this short tutorial on making a wicking bucket. The same technique can be applied to larger beds and […] Read More


Five for Friday: Soil

Let's be clear about this: If your soil is junk, your garden is going to struggle. Check out these methods for improving your success rate!


Natural Aphid Control

Got bugs? It's time for a little aphid control with a two-pronged approach. You need to control the aphids AND the ants.