The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture Review {Garden Life Link-up}

ultimate guide to permaculture review

Before we got this whole move to Berlin started, I was contacted by Skyhorse Publishing about receiving a few books of theirs for review. I've read several of their homesteading books (including The Joy of Hobby Farming) in the past and really enjoyed them, so the book worm in me was thrilled to receive another volume of knowledge from them that I could devour. Choosing just one book from their extensive collection of books on all types of subjects wasn't easy, especially now that our living … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Who’s coming with me?


I had every intention of posting this right before moving day, but it just didn't happen. So instead I'm posting it now and that's okay too since I'm fairly certain that once we get through this incredibly hot spell here, all of these plants will have survived. That wasn't exactly a sure thing a few weeks ago when I dug them all up... As you might have noticed in some of my other posts, we do have a small balcony at our new place. It's big enough for Ayla to comfortably stretch out on even … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Greenhouses – why you need one today


Although we've left our greenhouse (which we poured hours and days worth of blood, sweat and tears into) behind us at the farm, having a greenhouse is an extremely practical thing which can give you months of extra gardening, especially in colder climates. Benefits of Having a Greenhouse 1. You can control the climate -- For the most part, well-built greenhouses will give you the opportunity to evade frost, harsh winter temperatures or even to boost your temps under the roof to grow exotic … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Don’t be afraid to experiment

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Are you looking for a new way to bring healthier food to your family's table? Hop over here now to win a copy of Real Fast Food before the giveaway ends! The following post was written by the lovely Carrie, who I've had the pleasure of getting to know better over the past few years via NOH and her own blog. Carrie writes about books, finances, and personal growth at her blog, Carrie’s Busy Nothings. She’s a lifelong fan of Jane Austen and world travel, and has never been known to turn down a … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Great kitchen garden ideas


Our move to Berlin is now only about 3.5 weeks away, and now that a lot of things have been cleared out of the farm, we're really starting to think about ways that we can make our new apartment fitting for us. Although we're still waiting for the final signature from the landlord, it already feels like home. Since it's an incredibly beautiful place without any help from us, so it won't take much from our side to make it truly incredible. But there are certain things we've grown used to doing … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Guerrilla gardening in Berlin

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Earlier this week, we were on an exploratory trip to Berlin. Monday through Wednesday, we were hunting for our new apartment (and found one we adore) and looking into the areas we could end up living. The apartment we like does have a small balcony which we’ll likely fill up with herbs and a few tomato plants. I might even manage to get the jean butts up there. But something which seems to be extremely popular in Berlin is guerilla gardening within the tiny spaces between your front door and … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Tips For Building The Perfect Gazebo

While we're in the middle of our small home renovations and packing up the home process, NOH will be featuring guest posts from many new contributors. If you'd like to submit a guest post to be featured in Garden Life or other parts of No Ordinary Homestead, please get in touch with me at Have you been thinking about gazebo to your yard? Gazebos are a wonderful addition to any yard because they provide benefits that are both practical and aesthetic. … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Garden Brilliance for Small Spaces


With the move to Berlin drawing closer by the day, we're definitely starting to get a bit more nervous about finding a place to live. Since we're going to be renting at first, we don't really have to be tied down to a place for too long. But we also don't want something which doesn't fit us at all. Basically, we're not 100% if we will even end up with a balcony of any kind, but I figured I would go looking for inspiration anyway, to see what we might be able to do with a small balcony if and … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} A Garden Update


Despite the fact that we'll be moving in less than two months, our garden is taking on a life of its own. It's been really dry and warm here the last few days, so we've been really thankfully to have so much rainwater stored up. The first couple of barrels are already starting to dry up, but I'm sure there will be more rain eventually. Mackenzie is getting rather antsy to start picking her own produce again, but it's still going to be a little while before she's pulling carrots or picking … [Read more...]

{Garden Life} Tips for Making a Move, Garden in Tow

There are plenty of great moving companies out there choose from that can help you pack up all your worldly possessions, hit the road, and set up shop in any number of different places across the country. But the one thing that we gardeners often lament having to leave behind is our precious garden. Have you every considered the idea that you may be able to bring your garden with you, though? If you hadn’t, perhaps it’s time that you do. If you’ve got a move coming up in the near future, … [Read more...]