In the face of climate breakdown, the task of cheerfully planning one’s garden may be filled with sadness, anxiety, or confusion. The snowy picture of my backyard looks lovely and wintry but until yesterday, it was freakishly mild. I know other parts of the world are experiencing much more serious climate chaos. However, the creation of spaces in which people and non-human nature can flourish is more important now than perhaps ever before.
Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don’t know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it’s also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.
Pollinators – the special group of animals that assist plants in reproduction by moving pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant, are … Continue reading Create a garden in which pollinators flourish
by Rebecca Ellis This article was originally published on my blog on November 2017. It begins to lay out my thoughts for re-visioning permaculture as part of larger anti/despite/post-capitalist movements. … Continue reading Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/despite/post-capitalist movement
Growing and eating your own vegetables is one of the delights of having a garden. Not only can you grow delicious, interesting, and nutritious food but engaging in the work … Continue reading Planning for Spring, Part 3: Growing Veggies!
Re-posting my 4-part Planning for Spring series. Part 2: Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary #permaculture #organicgardening #pollinators #savethebees #bees
Re-posting my 4-part Planning for Spring series. Part 1: Garden Dreaming #permaculture #gardening #organicgardening
I have a type-A personality, I am always busy working on and planning multiple projects and make endless to-do lists and elaborate plans. I try to channel this energy into … Continue reading New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions
It is mid November in Southwestern Ontario and wild bees and butterflies have mostly gone into hibernation or some sort of winter rest. For those of us who love spending … Continue reading Sleeping winged beauties: helping pollinators survive the winter
Lack of access to land is often raised as a barrier to participation in permaculture. Land ownership in North America — both rural and urban — is prohibitively expensive for many people but many … Continue reading Strategies for accessing land in cities
Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to compost kitchen scraps. The end product of the composting process is sometimes referred to as Black … Continue reading Composting with worms: a beginner’s guide to vermicomposting
I am not the type of person who lives in the suburbs. I love big cities: the vibrancy, the art, the festivals, the diversity, even the chaos of city centres. … Continue reading Permaculture in the ‘burbs