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 By Alex Fethiere    News    January 13, 2022 

What is the soil food web?

This week, I started writing a column on massaging a water extract out of compost. Halfway through, I realized you might wonder why I'd bother with all that. It's been an odyssey for me to realize...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    January 6, 2022

Dammed if you do

It's a good time of year for documentaries, if your electricity and internet can handle pounding rain and deep-freeze snowfalls. Stuck on unplowed Harstine Island with plenty of hearty soups and...

 

Considering gypsum

Reusing waste materials is easier with a basic understanding of their composition. Readers of this column will recall my experiments in upcycling oyster shells into decorative, traction-enhancing calc...

 

In proportion

If you'd told me years ago that homemade compost can be ready to use in 21-24 days no matter the weather, I might have gone the extra mile to formulate it properly. Had I known it continues to be...

 

To everything turn, turn, turn

Composting is one of the mysteries that my soil science course is revealing. I've been making good enough compost for years without a bum batch. Still, my objective has been to eliminate kitchen...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    December 9, 2021

Knowing your nematodes

A few bad nematodes have maligned the whole class of creatures. While gardeners curse the nematodes that knot their carrots or riddle their tomatoes' roots with tumors, a much larger world of nematode...

 
 By Alex Fethiere    News    December 2, 2021

Get right with nitrogen

I have written a lot about nitrogen and its production in and out of the soil. My knowledge is always expanding because it's only recently that humanity has been rethinking how we make and apply this...

 

Tiny mutualism

Have you ever wondered how an old growth forest can maintain such stupendous productivity without any inputs? Maybe you've tried to figure out how even younger forests have such resilience when the ra...

 

Year in review

Root vegetables are a favored foodstuff in my gardens. The satisfying expansiveness of grain without its digestive challenges is reason enough, and the enhanced storage life is a bonus. Until this...

 

A plague of locusts

Folks have the unkindest things to say about locusts. Whether it's the insect scourge or the trees known as "honey" or "black" locust, there is abundant opprobrium for all these fine organisms....

 
 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...

 

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