How To’s

For more How-To’s, see our Seed Saving page and our Wild Edible Plants page!

Backyard Fruit Trees Zoom Class
Check out this zoom class we taught in partnership with the Home Repair Resource Center. Learn details for preparing, planting, and maintaining your own back yard orchard! Lessons are appropriate for any scale – big or small. Holistic nontoxic methods are highlighted.

Ideas on Starting a Garden, Designing, & Eating!

See how we start seeds inside before frost ends. Technically our last frost date in northeast Ohio is May 15th. See our “Seed Starting Charts” below for more info on what temperatures and how long different seeds take to germinate. For info on storing seeds, or collecting seeds, see our Seed Saving page.

This video cuts off at the end. What I said is: If using thermal mass on the floor (like concrete pavers) be sure to insulate underneath so they hold the temp of the greenhouse. If thermal mass is not insulated off from the soil, it will instead hold the cool temp of the soil and never warm up.

Seed Starting Charts

Click on the below links for germination charts on starting seeds – what temperatures different herbs and vegetables prefer, and how long it should take them to germinate at those temperatures.
Germination for Common Herbs
Germination for Common Vegetables

Seed Savers Exchange has a great online resource for starting garden seeds. Click here for explanations, a video, and a crop-by-crop growing guide!

Bill Mollison Tribute

The co-founder of “Permaculture,” Bill Mollison, passed away in 2016.  Red Beet Row was inspired by this man’s words and life’s work.

Here is a link to a speech Mollison gave in 1981 that is still chillingly relevant.

Here is a link to a video of both founders of “Permaculture,” explaining what it is.

“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.”
-Bill Mollison