Home & Garden

Farmers going back to the future for natural planting techniques.

Some Seedy History

Agriculture in the early American reaches of Appalachia kept families alive. They grew what they could, hunted when they could and gathered whatever they could find. No matter what they planted — tomatoes, corn, beans or beets — they always saved some seeds for replanting the following year. It was the only way to maintain a crop year after year.

Attain the Perfect Yard with Naturescapes

A new way to look at an old problem.

As soon as the dirt is loose enough to work, about six weeks before you expect a final frost in your Appalachian garden, you can get your garden started by planting early, hearty green vegetables.
Zen masters tell their students: “Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.” Chopping and stacking wood, as well as carrying water, are acts that are at once both art and science.
All tree farms are not alike!

As winter approaches, visions of brightly blooming gardens run through the optimistic minds of many naturalists. While those blasts of color that appear in spring are still many dark months away, it’s during the cool evenings of fall and winter when gardeners dream of the glorious blooms they expect to see after planting bulbs.

Waste Not, Want Not

An interview with Zac Guy, founder and owner of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods

When you pass near Waynesville and Canton in the Western North Carolina mountains, you’ll smell the unmistakable odor of the paper mill, but go further and the bouquet of fresh-cut wood will greet you. That’s because the area is home to the largest reclaimed wood products company in the world.

Pineapple sage is one of my favorite herbs all year round, but in the fall, she shows her beautiful autumn display, joining the many other breathtaking displays that nature has to offer!

Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is a fragrant flowering plant native to Mexico and Guatemala, where it grows naturally in the forests of oaks and pine trees. Here in the Appalachians, it is only an annual plant because it cannot tolerate the cold.

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Ashley English: Well known Wife, Mother, Baker, Artist, Homesteader creator right next door in Candler, NC!