But back to the edible landscaping idea, I really am trying to establish some permaculture on our land that is edible and kid-friendly. As evidenced by the fact that my kids will happily eat raisins and week old potato chips out from under furniture, it is clear that young children have a very innate desire to forage in their environment. I'm sure there is more scientific evidence that points to that fact out there somewhere (a study in Scandinavian countries comes to mind) , but I have met my google question search quota for the week already.
There's a lot of thought that goes into establishing your permaculture, and it's intimidating, and I just don't have the time or $1600 to take the local class this spring. That's why the book Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist is now at the top of my homesteading reads wishlist.
early Mothering Day present...hint, hint?
Lastly, in the garden of my mind I'm trying hard to make a spot for some honeybees. I've been told that beekeeping isn't rocket science, but there is something about it that sure intimidates the heck out of me....but oh to have some fresh, home-grown honey... and your trees and cane fruit adequately pollinated to boot. Almost too good to pass up. I'm currently plowing my way through the Beekeepers Bible. Holy tome of amazing information! Still, thinking the safest bet in the end will be to hit up some local knowledge.
And finally, to round things off, we decided to host a little seed/start swap potluck here at the end of the month to celebrate the kickoff of growing season and be a grounds for exchanging knowledge & ideas. If you're local and want to attend leave me a note and I will get you the info.
Happy daylight savings, and may the garden of your mind be a source of pure delight in these last winter months.