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July Musings in an Urban Oasis

Mid-summer in the Southeastern Appalachians of Western North Carolina: Barefoot Gardens and Orchards (in east Asheville) are many shades of plush green and hoped for promise. (Much attention and work precedes and weaves throughout the hope)! With our orchard beginnings … Continue reading

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Musings from a Mid-Summer Urban Oasis

“Dry” describes this years’ conditions so far, at Barefoot Permaculture Orchard & Gardens, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, USA. Although we collect roof rainwater by intercepting at the downspouts, in this dry growing season, it’s never … Continue reading

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Late Autumn at the Urban Oasis

The active growing season now lays behind us. Beloved annuals have been harvested; such as winter squash, sweet —as well as hot peppers, tomatoes, and maize — all open pollinated and our own saved seeds.  Maize ( Hopi Blue and … Continue reading

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Ongoing Tales of an Urban Oasis:

  Greens, Bees, Bears & Frogs Late winters’ bite into spring (013) was prolonged. Plantings were delayed, needed bee work delayed too: both dependent upon warm weather. For western North Carolina, last year (012) was tough on honeybee survival. Normal … 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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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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Further Tales from an Urban Oasis

Further Tales from an Urban Oasis Hive Resurrection: Long Live the Queen! Thirty-three days after introducing a frame of new eggs into our queenless hive, and not being able to stay away any longer (curiosity being an unrelenting force a … Continue reading

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Ongoing Tales of an Urban Oasis

Ongoing Tales of an Urban Oasis: Hot Bees, Queens & Bears A cold, rainy mid-May day, long time residents call “blackberry winter” circumstantially tells me its time to write on these pages again. At Barefoot permaculture, Blackberries are in bloom, … Continue reading

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