Posts by Travis

How I Created A Self-Sustaining Garden

Recently, I attended a conference where Jean-Martin Fortier and Joel Salatin spoke. It was a great experience meeting people interested in the same things as me. Of course, the main topic of the convention was growing plants and animals to sell at a market (market gardening/farming), but almost everyone there was an avid gardener as…

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Product Scouted: Barebones Hori Hori Knife

Are you ever in need of a sharp, portable digging tool that can also serve as a knife, twine cutter, bottle opener, measuring device, or stake hammer? If your answer was yes to even one of those questions (even the bottle opener), then you must┬ácheck out the Barebones Living Hori Hori knife. The name Hori…

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Five Tips For Scouting Out Plants On A Budget

Imagine a candy store filled with all of your favorite candies, but only having the money to buy one. How would you go about choosing the right one? What if you wanted multiple types or couldn’t decide? Ahh, the frustration! This is the same sort of dilemma that many budget-conscious gardeners run into on their…

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Five Underutilized Native Plants For Your Garden

Native Plants To Grow In Your Garden

Happy Earth Day everyone! To celebrate the beautiful world we live in, I visited my local nature preserve and and gathered some pictures of five cool native plants that are underutilized in the garden setting. I will keep the writing brief – this will be a mostly visual post. Here we go!   Cinnamon Ferns…

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Why Do Trees Leaf Out?

This is a question that fascinates me. When I look around in spring, I notice that although the maples and the magnolias are out, the hickories and sweet gums are not. Why is that? Today I’d like to take a shot at answering that question. I’ve figured out there seem to be three major factors…

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