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 By Alex Fethiere    News    October 28, 2021

Big-leaf lupine: Our native invasive

Two words are bandied about in horticulture to describe such a range of plants that one wonders whether they still have meaning. "Native" and "invasive" are both so widely used when speaking of...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    October 21, 2021

Collaborative convergence

The 2021 Northwest Permaculture Convergence returned to the roots from whence it sprouted 14 years ago: Sahale, an intentional community in Tahuya that's part of the Goodenough intentional community...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    October 14, 2021

Hang on slopey

A fortuitous coincidence of video and book gave me a notion to stack some functions: producing biomass above and below ground, holding slopes and making fertilizer in situ. While watching Michael "Ske...

 

Convergence season

A permaculture convergence was my introduction to Cascadia. One of the best ways to hit the ground running is two to three days of immersion in a conference assembling many of the people and pursuits...

 

Sucker born every minute

An obsession with air drainage led me to inadvertently create soil drainage. A hillside was covered with evergreen huckleberry, and the shrubs had been struggling beneath a bigleaf maple canopy for...

 

Fifty-year spinach

Spinach is a ubiquitous green in our culture, and grocery stores have ruined it for me. It's fragile when bundled and intolerant of mishandling. When spoiling in a clamshell of mixed greens, it...

 

When you see berries

Since nature abhors a vacuum, I replace whatever I can with something discharging a similar function. On my property that means subbing out a lot of red alder. These pioneer trees are enriching...

 

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