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Eco-Answers from the Pros: Reining in Raspberries for Wildlife

We have raspberries growing in our field and would like to promote their growth to feed the wild birds and mammals. Can you tell me “best practices” for mowing the field, including the raspberry bushes, to make it healthy for diverse species. Should we mow annually, or every other year, more frequently? I’m in mid-coast…

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The Case for Native Medicinal Plants in the Landscape

by Todd Lynch In the wellspring of DIY that has made permaculture and edible landscapes household terms, native medicinal plants are outside many conventional conversations about edibles. Although institutions and homeowners rarely consider the value of these plants when weighing their options for a “productive” or self-sustaining landscape, medicinal plants are a valuable landscape resource…

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Three Hardy Additions to the Edible Landscape

by Dan Furman At Cricket Hill Garden, we have sought over our two decades of operation to introduce American gardeners to Chinese tree peonies. In addition to these imperial flowers, we also grow the better-known herbaceous and newer intersectional hybrid peonies. In recent years I have worked to expand our offerings of interesting edible landscape…

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Pink Pearl Apple: An Heirloom Surprise

by Joy Albright-Souza Revised from an article originally published in The Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2013. Designing edible landscapes is a privilege. During the design process for an edible garden I am often asked what I enjoy most in my own garden. While there are a number of possible answers, when the subject is apples, I…

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Growing Permaculture at Greenfield Community College

by Shannon Dry and Abrah Jordan Dresdale Permaculture can be explained as a two-step practice: 1) observing the beneficial relationships, patterns, and processes found in ecosystems, and then, 2) mimicking those relationships in the design of systems that meet human needs equitably while regenerating the land. The student initiated and implemented permaculture garden at Greenfield…

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Edible and Landscape-worthy Native Plants of New England

by Ellen Sousa and Russ Cohen Edible gardening generally brings to mind beds of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, and other foods with origins in distant continents. As natives of often vastly different climates and growing conditions, many of these plants require a lot of time and attention to bring to a successful harvest here in…

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