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FREE eBook! – Handcrafted Plant Magic: DIY Self-Care Rituals Inspired by My Garden

Easy DIY bath & beauty product recipes that are completely natural and organic - banish toxins from your daily routine for good! - Handcrafted Plant Magic - DIY Self-Care Rituals Inspired by My Garden - Free Ebook! | Heirloomsoul.com

I am so very happy to announce that I have written my first eBook!  And you can have it all for free.  You should probably get in on this! (Download form is below).     I’m a firm believer:  If you wouldn’t eat something, you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin.  Our skin is our largest organ and anything we put on our bodies eventually ends up inside our bodies. There are thousands of toxins in our everyday bath and beauty products that cause harm to our bodies without our even knowing it – even the “all natural” ones.  I know, I felt totally duped too.  Mad, even.  But rather than brushing the disappointment...

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...

Nurturing Your Whole, Happy Heart

Compassionate article about how to be happy and successful through self-awareness and self-improvement - the ultimate New Years Resolution! | Nurturing Your Whole, Happy Heart this New Year | Heirloom Soul

That’s my dear friend, Lindsey, up there.  She climbed to the 14,000 ft summit of Mt. Sneffels in 2013, and in this photo, she’s totally at peace, happy and wild and free, in her element.   As we begin another new year with open minds and hearts, it marks the perfect time to work on becoming better people.  Rather than mustering up some quick-fix resolutions on how to be happier and more successful (turns out that’s a real popular Google search), I suggest we spend the whole year on self-improvement and making room in our hearts for ourselves and the people who love and need us. Happiness and success can...

How to Start a Compost Pile Using Kitchen & Garden Scraps, Plus a Lesson on Soil Biodiversity

How to Start a Biodiverse Compost Pile in Your Yard - A Step-by-Step guide that incorporates permaculture gardening techniques and Soil Food Web education. Awesome, informative post that includes everything you need to know to start a compost pile from kitchen and garden scraps! | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

As organic gardeners, nutritious fruits and vegetables aren’t the only thing we grow – Healthy, organic, biodiverse soil comes first!  If you’ve read my 2-Part Soil Building Series: 5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, you know that fertile soil is born from a system of mindful practices.  The easiest practice, and one which anyone can do, is composting!  Here, we will learn just HOW to start a compost pile using scraps from your kitchen and garden.   Good Newsflash:  It is so much easier to make compost than you think!   There are a lot of misconceptions about compost that turn people off from starting a pile.  Let me encourage...

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden in 4 Steps

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden - Everything you need to know to apply cover cropping methods in your smaller backyard garden! Build Soil Fertility with this Natural Permaculture Gardening Method! Use buckwheat, crimson clover, hairy vetch, field peas and other legumes to make green manure to feed your soil food web. | Heirloomsoul.com

Image Source Cover cropping is a soil amendment system that GREATLY improves our soil’s structure and overall fertility.   And, contrary to popular belief, cover cropping is simple for the backyard gardener, despite how difficult it might seem!  Basically all we do is seed tons of plants in our beds toward autumn, let them grow and leave them completely alone all winter, then gently mix their decayed foliage and roots into the soil in the following spring as green manure.    The truth about cover cropping = the plants do most of the work! 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...

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil: Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web, Part 2

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

“If you were a tiny organism in a forest’s soil, you would be enmeshed in a carnival of activity, with mycelium constantly moving through subterranean landscapes like cellular waves, through dancing bacteria and swimming protozoa with nematodes like whales through a microcosmic sea of life.” – Paul Stamets in Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. In Part 2 of our soil-building series (Click here for Part 1), I will discuss five steps you can take to improve and fully restore the fertility of your garden soil.  These steps come at a very low cost to you, and only require your full attention in the moment, and reflection as...

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...

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...