Tagged: property walk

Winter Forms of Woody Perennials

Winter Forms and Plant Growth Notes, 2016

Documentation of the growth habits / forms of some of the woody perennials at my (PJ’s) forest garden, with a snowy backdrop and a 6-foot “yardstick” to show scale, with notes about planting years. I have dry, sandy soil and a lot of these things didn’t get much care or watering—plus many have been...

Forest Garden Tours

Food Forest Garden Tour Series

Visit two different forest gardens on two very different sites in Southwest MI—throughout an entire growing season! Forest Gardens or “Food Forests” are a way of growing food by imitating nature: plants on many layers, cooperating rather than competing. It doesn’t mean growing food in a dark forest—more like a semi-open woodland featuring many...

Tree Pruning at Rachelle's

March Meetup and Apple Pruning

Our March Van-Kal Permaculture meetup was at Rachelle’s place. We spent a couple hours outdoors pruning a really overgrown old apple tree (Thanks to John and Josh for the pruning guidance and Tomme and Steve for their skill and daring in tree-climbing). We also had an excellent meal and conversation indoors. A great time...

Meetup at Amy and John's

December 2013 Meetup & Property Tour

Amy and John hosted our group at their CSA/farm (Harvest of Joy) in Shelbyville. We had a great turnout despite the cold, cold weather. Good to see a lot of familiar faces and also new friends made at the MI Permaculture Convergence a month ago. Thanks to all who showed up and esp. to...

Spirit Springs Apples

Spirit Springs Apple Orchard Tour and Tasting

Spirit Springs Farm in Marcellus, MI has over 80 varieties of heritage apples growing, and our small group was very lucky to have a short tour and sampling of dozens of varieties. I got some ideas about some varieties I’d like to grow. Call them at 269-624-1301 for their seasonal hours, very nice people...

Kzoo Permaculture Weekend

Kalamazoo Permaculture Weekend

We had an action-packed weekend in September, starting with a potluck get-together and tour of Dale and Tomme’s gardens in Kalamazoo on Friday evening. Saturday Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture gave an excellent Intro to Permaculture class at the Nature Center, and Sunday we had a booth at the always-fun Harvest Festival at Tiller’s...

Plant Walk at Stone Circle Farm, Late Summer

Norm and Rita were gracious enough to lead me on a plant walk around their beautiful property in SW Michigan, where I could see the plants and trees in late summer of 2010. Thanks for a lovely and informative tour!