What is a Swale in Permaculture?

A swale is a ditch used in permaculture to collect water and reduce top soil erosion.  Collecting water is great way to water your garden instead relying on city water.  It will also help to reduce the water bill.  A swale is designed to water the trees at the root instead of only from above.  […]

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The Seven Layers of a Food Forest Garden

A food forest is usually made up of seven layers to produce a garden containing edible plants and trees that are self-sustaining and can yield a lot of food in a relatively small space.  This can be a viable gardening strategy for those who do not have that much land by making the most out […]

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Apple Orchards and Arkansas Black Apple

How beautiful, to have your own orchard at home, knowing where your fruits come from, organic and pesticide free. As you start looking at fruit trees that grow well in your zone, you will see that many are not self pollinating.  If you have the space you can plant an additional tree to have a […]

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Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden

Some fruit trees such as certain types of apple trees are not self fertile.  This means that they need to be pollinated in order to grow fruit. Pollination is the process of moving pollen from one flower to another by pollinating animals such as bees, ladybugs, beetles, moths, and hummingbirds.  Bees are very important pollinators […]

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Fruits You Can Grow in Northwest Arkansas

The first thing to know what grows well in the zone you are moving to.  The US Department of Agriculture has a plant hardiness zone map. Click the state you are in and you will get a closer view of the zones for that state.  If you are still unsure you can type in the […]

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