What is Urban Farming?

What is Urban Farming?

by Avis Licht Growing food in urban settings. When we think about where and how our food is grown, our first image is usually of large fields of one kind of crop: rows and rows of corn or lettuce or broccoli.  So the term “urban farming” may have a confusing connotation – rows and rows […]

YES! Plant a Vegetable Garden in Drought Conditions

YES! Plant a Vegetable Garden in Drought Conditions

by Avis Licht Many people have told me they don’t plan on putting in a vegetable garden this year because of drought conditions and wanting to save water. But I tell them, YES! To save water you should plant your own vegetable garden.  Sometimes we confuse water we save at home with water that needs to […]

Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day Every Day

by Avis Licht- Although I often feel a little cynical by what I call manufactured holidays, like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day, they do have their uses.  Any reminder to love someone, remember, care for, forgive, or celebrate with someone is a good thing. The same goes for Earth Day.  I believe […]

The Amazing Slow Cooker Wonderbag

The Amazing Slow Cooker Wonderbag

by Avis Licht  –  The slow cooker Wonderbag is a wonderful find. Originally invented by founder Sarah Collins in South Africa with the intention of conserving cooking energy in developing nations, this cordless, power-free, gas-free slow cooker might just change the way we slow-cook forever. For every Wonderbag purchased in the US, one is donated […]

Spring is Here - Let's Get Growing

Spring is Here – Let’s Get Growing

by Avis Licht Post by Avis Licht. By the date on the calendar it’s Spring – but by weather it might be any of the seasons where you live. In warm weather areas it’s definitely time to start the garden work – from sowing seeds, getting beds ready, fertilizing your flowers and generally getting involved […]

Community Supported Agriculture - the Way to Grow

Community Supported Agriculture – the Way to Grow

by Avis Licht This winter I went to visit Live Power Community Farm, in Covelo, California. This farm is part of a movement called Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, for short. The idea for this model, is that the people who eat the food support the farmers by guaranteeing them a fee for the food […]

How to Have a Successful Garden -  Workshop - April 2014

How to Have a Successful Garden – Workshop – April 2014

  HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL GARDEN   Hands – on workshop   If you love to garden and want to have the most luscious, successful, beautiful garden, then don’t miss this great opportunity to study with Avis Licht; gardener, farmer, author, teacher, landscape designer and lover of worms. Avis has been a successful gardener and landscape designer […]

Four of the Best Vegetables for Early Spring Planting

Four of the Best Vegetables for Early Spring Planting

by Avis Licht    You might be surprised at how early you can start sowing and planting your Spring vegetables. Of course, I’m not talking about snow or frosty ground. BUT, still there are a few great crops that can withstand what nature throws at them. If you live in a really cold clime, then […]

How to Pick the Right Mulch for Your Edible Landscape

How to Pick the Right Mulch for Your Edible Landscape

by Avis Licht –  Mulch is great for the garden, but it’s important to use the right mulch in the right place.  Here are some tips on how to pick the best mulch for your garden. MULCH IS GOOD FOR THE GARDEN There are many kinds of mulch and each has its particular benefits and […]

Expectation and Surprise - The Hidden Elements of Great Garden Design

Expectation and Surprise – The Hidden Elements of Great Garden Design

by Avis Licht When designing your garden, in addition to the obvious considerations of sun, soil and site, you want to make it beautiful  with harmonious color and form and movement . To this I want to add Expectation and Surprise. I was happily reminded of this when a friend took me on a new hike. […]

Cauliflower and Nature's Perfect Design

Cauliflower and Nature’s Perfect Design

by Avis Licht Fractals and the fibonacci sequence – two of natures amazing design schemes. Here they are demonstrated beautifully in the Romanesco cauliflower. A fractal is a geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry. To understand more about  fractals and […]

GET STARTED NOW!- The Spring Garden Made Easy - e-book

GET STARTED NOW!- The Spring Garden Made Easy – e-book

  Get my book  and  be ready for Spring!   It’s that time of year – time to start the Spring Garden.  If you want to know what to grow in your own climate, how to start seed and how to make compost, be sure to get my e book.  Under $5 and you get […]

Is Last Year's Seed Still Good to Sow?

Is Last Year’s Seed Still Good to Sow?

by Avis Licht If you’re thinking about your Spring garden and what to sow, you’re probably wondering if last year’s leftover seeds are good to sow this year. Everyone wants to know. Don’t waste money buying new seed if you’ve got what’s good but you don’t want to lose precious time by sowing bad seed. […]

Pete Seeger and Inch by Inch

Pete Seeger and Inch by Inch

By Avis Licht My two loves, outside of my family, of course, are gardening and music. I have always looked up to Pete Seeger and admired his integrity. His way of bringing people together through music is almost unrivaled. In honor of his life and passing I am sharing this video of him singing one […]

One Super Easy Way to Improve Your Garden

One Super Easy Way to Improve Your Garden

by Avis Licht – Here is one ridiculously simple way to save your garden from compaction, drought and confusion. Create paths exactly where you want people to walk. That’s it. That’s the ridiculously simple and effective way to save water, improve your soil and avoid confusion. Compaction makes it difficult for water to penetrate, for […]

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