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How to Farm or Garden When You Have No Land Whatsoever

Real life steps you can take to learn how to farm or garden and gain experience by not having any land of your own! | How to Farm or Garden When You Have No Land Whatsoever | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com |

In the City of Chicago, nestled in the completely gentrified little neighborhood of Bucktown, lives me in my rental apartment.  While it’s adorable here and there’s tons of trees, my immediate setting isn’t any greener than the skinny rectangular patches of Earth that line the streets, where thousands of dogs (and the occasional 3 a.m. Wolfpack) do their business… Yup.  It’s totally true.  I don’t have a garden of my own.  In fact, I’ve never had a garden of my own, in the traditional sense of the word. So then, wait.  How have I learned everything I know about gardening?  And how do I post all my pictures of gardens I plant and food I harvest if...

Herbal Help Me Soup

Green herbal soup or smoothie recipe that is chock-full of raw green vegetables, herbs and coconut milk. Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30, Raw Foodie Friendly. | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

Maybe I should warn you:  This is a total impulse post.  Scroll through to avoid mega drama. Nope?  Still here?  Okay, well, hold onto your butts. I haven’t been feeling myself lately.  I think it’s largely due to spending the majority of my waking time indoors, which has led to a severe lack fresh air and Vitamin D (important stuff apparently), which has caused me to spiral down into my personal hell hole where I have been wallowing for about a week, maybe longer.  It’s dark and weird down there.  Subsequently, I’ve eaten too many donuts (not my fault I have to walk by the best donut shop every. single. day....

Edible Medicinal Plants for Your Yard + How to Grow and Use Them

An amazing, informative list of edible medicinal herbs, berries, evergreens and flowering shrubs that are easy to grow. Perennial in Zones 4-6. Lists growing information, uses for plants, and WHERE TO BUY THEM! How to Grow Edible Medicinal Plants in Your Yard | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

So, I’m turning 30 this year (wamp wamp… ok moving on) and everyone I know is settling down and buying a house!  I’m getting a lot of questions about what to plant in this sunny spot, and that shady corner, along with my favorite question of all:  What edible things can I plant in my yard? Related:  How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden I’m obviously all about edible plants – and with amazing reason.  If you have the opportunity to plant something in your own backyard – your own special place – why not also have the opportunity to gain nourishment from it?  Why not get to know your plants on a personal level?  Why...

Organic Remedies for Garden Bugs: The Pest Control of Mindfulness and Compassion

So there’s a ton of bugs in your garden eating holes in your beloved vegetable babies… you only know what a few of the bugs actually are… and you want to know how to get rid of them in a way that won’t harm the environment.  I have lots of experience on this subject, but let me forewarn you:  This isn’t another internet listicle on which OMRI-approved organic spray is better than the other.  I’m just not a fan of using a ton of elixirs, whether they’re store-bought, homemade, chemical-free, what have you.  I’ve been through that whole rigamarole – in fact, I even wrote an entire guide on organic pest management once – but I...

4 Steps To Cover Cropping Your Organic Garden

Image Source Cover cropping is a soil amendment system we use to improve the soil’s structure and overall fertility.  Put simply, we cover crop by growing masses of plants in our beds toward autumn, allowing them to overwinter, and incorporating their decayed foliage and roots into the soil in the following spring as green manure.   Traditionally synonymous with organic farming, cover cropping is absolutely a practice we can adopt in our own backyards, even in raised beds that are just a few feet long!  By selecting the proper cover crops for your space and timing the seeding right, a wealth of benefits (all given by nature herself!) await.   Reasons for...

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil: Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web, Part 1

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

“And the scientists, no matter how much they investigate nature, no matter how far they research, they only come to realize in the end how perfect and mysterious nature really is.  To believe that by research and invention humanity can create something better than nature is an illusion.” – Masanobu Fukuoka in The One-Straw Revolution.   When we garden we revitalize an heirloom heritage that has been lost over time.. We are stewards of the earth and treading lightly and having compassion for our gardens is a necessary practice. Best part is:  The opportunity for us to restore land back to its fertile origination lies in our own lawns and gardens, and...

4 Steps to Planning Your Organic Food Garden, Plus Tips to Help You Budget

Ah, spontaneity.  The sweet spice of life.  For me, it’s binging on a new order of super fun Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds on a Tuesday.  Or making a burrito for breakfast instead of a smoothie (fun stuff!)  But when it comes to garden planning… spontaneity doesn’t have much of a place in my regimen.  Planning a successful garden for the long term takes time, careful thought, and patience that comes with lots of change along the way. (Please note that affiliate links present in this post, which means if you click on a link and buy something I’ll get like 4 cents for it.  All recommendations are very much my own!) Not...

6 Reasons Why You Need to Start Your Organic Garden Now

All of us gardeners, aspiring and experts alike, have felt the same whirlwind of emotions at some point.  Mass confusion over how to begin or what to do next, leading to frustration when you don’t figure it out, leading then to helplessness and nearly throwing in the spade or just putting off starting your garden ‘til next weekend… again.  I have honestly felt this way – before I started gardening – and I’m sharing this somewhat embarrassing, dramatic story (personality trait?) with you because I know there’s at least one other aspiring gardener out there going through what I did.  Maybe it’s you. (Affiliate links present in this post) We...

From My Heirloom Soul to Yours

So I’ve decided to start this blog. I think many of us consider starting one at some point.  What is it that holds us back?  Illusions that my experiences, and writing about them, would be boring had plagued me for a long time – but so much more powerful were my internal affirmations that I do possess useful information, and that I can be of help and inspiration to others. These statements supported by many diverse experiences and diligent practice of my trade – organic food gardening – successes and mistakes duly recorded and reflected upon.  That’s really what it took for me to start this.  Digging through mounds of knowledge before I...