Gardening and Permaculture for Sustainable Living

The Outdoor Apothecary is passionate about gardening and permaculture.

If you’re new to gardening or just need a refresher, this is the best place to find advice on everything from how to plant seeds to what is propagation, to sustainable gardening practices. 

Growing plants for food and medicine can be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and your family. Here you will find information on growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs along with sustainable gardening practices for a more self-sufficient lifestyle, closer to nature.

Permaculture gardening is a blueprint for sustainable practice in a garden, underpinned by a series of ethics and ideas. Rooted in a philosophy of harmony with nature, permaculture is all about making sure that what we do today does not have a negative impact on the world of tomorrow. Simply put, permaculture gardening is a holistic approach to gardening, and something we feel very strongly about. 

Basically, Permaculture uses organic gardening and farming practices but it goes beyond these practices and integrates the garden and home to create a lifestyle that impacts less on the environment. … Permaculture brings production of food closer to consumers and the consumer’s wastes back into the cycle.

gardening in the winter
DIY Skills
Barbi Gardiner

Gardening in the Winter: Tips for Success

Check out these tips for how to keep gardening in the winter so you can skip the produce aisle and enjoy fresh ingredients all winter long.

cold frame
DIY Skills
Barbi Gardiner

20 Hardiest Cold Weather Crops to Grow in Fall and Winter

This ultimate guide to cold weather crops for fall and winter gardening in Connecticut discusses the vegetables and fruits that you can grow there in the winters and discusses ways to extend the growing season.

garden cover crops
gardening
Barbi Gardiner

5 Best Garden Cover Crops for Fall

The fall season is the ideal time to plant garden cover crops. If you’re looking for an easy way to improve soil structure and fertility, these are the best garden cover crops for fall.

composting how to
Conservation
Barbi Gardiner

Composting 101: An Easy Composting How To Guide

Making homemade compost is easy with this composting how to guide. Learn how to make, use and care for effective compost that will boost plant growth in your garden, while helping you be more sustainable!

bare root fruit trees
DIY Skills
Barbi Gardiner

Bare Root Fruit Trees – The Cheap Way to Grow Your Own Fruit

Bare root fruit trees are cheaper than container-grown trees, easier to plant and the first-year survival rate is much higher. In this article, we explain what bare root trees are, how to plant them, and how to care for them after planting.

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