Category Archives: Articles of Note

A Time of Harvests, Birds, and Bears

The growing season has come and gone… almost. For the first time in many years, November is upon us and there has been no killing frost: we still have basil, bananas (yes! bananas), figs, nasturtiums, and moonflower in leaf and … Continue reading

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Late-Summer from an Urban Oasis

While much of Turtle Island (the nation) is severely affected by one of the worst droughts and prolonged highest temperatures in recorded meteorological history, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, it’s been a season of adequate to … Continue reading

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Mid-Summer Tales from an Urban Oasis

Never in my 37 years of living in western NC, have I come close to experiencing the prolonged, high heat of the past month! At Barefoot Permaculture, we have never come close to feeling we needed an air-conditioner. Around Asheville, … Continue reading

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Spring Tales From An Urban Oasis

Our protective strategies during the last two gnashings of late season icy teeth, paid off. Our Greek Village Figs, shown in previous posting, have 59 large, ripening figs (early crop on last years’ new wood) as well as lots of … Continue reading

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Attack of the Goldfish

For any site, a classic permaculture design footprint is the carpet sandwich pond. The technique uses sections of discarded carpet — nails removed — as protective padding to enclose either plastic or EPDM (inner tube material). The basics are: dig … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Spring Orchard

Goofy weather! The winter that almost wasn’t, coaxed even the most native of plants — who we feel should genetically know better — into early bud break: both leaf and flower. Apples, for instance, blossomed 2 weeks earlier than their … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Wild Morels

Morels! I have a strange relationship with this delicious spring mushroom, referred to by local folks as “Butternuts”. Both Morels and Butternut Walnuts have a reticulated outer design: thus a similarity. And both are looked for on the ground, hidden … Continue reading

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Ongoing Tales From An Urban Oasis

For much of Turtle Island (N. America), winter 2011 – 2012 was the warmest winter in meteorological history. Over this winter that almost wasn’t, trajectories were initiated that, while pleasant to the body, can wreck havoc on natural systems. Prolonged, … Continue reading

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February in Mozambique

Tragic, to go to Mozambique and find that mango season is several months away! Yet this project popped up literally overnight. I had no choice of seasonal timing, so 1&1/2 weeks later I was enjoying a Starbuck’s dark coffee at … Continue reading

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Musings Early in Twenty-Two Elf

Of what is most present this time of year, two parts of my interior self hold separate yet overlapping views. My body is happy in this relatively mild winter season. Thus far, —and for as yet scientifically unknown reasons— the … Continue reading

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