Category Archives: nature
Why Landscape Fabric Should be Avoided in a Garden
Landscape fabric causes ecosystem damage and limits functionality. There are better options for suppressing weeds.
Source: Why Landscape Fabric Should be Avoided in a Garden
There are better ways to keep weeds down and create a low maintenance space. Start by avoiding spacing your plants in an area covered with landscape fabric and imported mulch. Instead, choose eco-friendly and sustainable natural options to make your life easier in the garden.
- Select a diverse range of plants suited to your location. Perennials and self-seeders will help to create a more affordable and low maintenance scheme that just gets better over time.
- Combine plants to create areas of dense, layered planting, with less space for weeds. By choosing the right combinations of plants for your polyculture (which will not compete overly with one another), you can sow more densely, with a layered planting scheme.
- Use ground cover planting to protect the soil and reduce weed growth.
- Line beds, borders, or pathways with spring bulbs or other plants to suppress grass and weed ingress into growing areas.
- Choose organic mulches wisely to suit the setting, and ideally source materials from elsewhere in your garden or as close to home as possible. Thick organic mulches won’t eliminate weeds entirely but they can help to keep them under control, while adding fertility and conserving water in the soil.
Raven Speaks — Acrylic on Canvas — 8×8 inches
Newest piece, if you get my newsletter, you saw this Saturday. You can buy it here.
Raven Tree Totem
Did this back in February, but it’s been packed away, since then. A Raven totem on a dead, but standing tree, basically it was symbolizing my (still) holey spine, and ribs, with the Raven as a symbol of luck and revival. If you subscribed to my newsletter you would have seen this already. You can do that by clicking here or use the form on the right side of the page.
I love crows
Just a video of some crows playing.
Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival – Tom Brown Jr.
One of Tom Brown’s field guides. Essential for anyone interested in honing their outdoors skills. A big section on plant identification and usage makes this book a winner.
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* How to build natural shelters in plains, woods, or deserts
* How to get safe drinking water from plants, trees, the sun, or Earth Herself
* How to make fire without matches and maintain it in any weather
* How to find, stalk, kill, and prepare animals for food
* The “big four” edible plants, and hundreds of others useful for both nutrition and medicine