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Slow-Carb Pasta Substitute Recipe

For those on low-carb or slow-carb diets, and when have lots of nice summer squash fresh from the garden here is our recipe for using any kind of summer squash as a pasta substitute. You can use this the way you would use any short shaped pasta like rotini or penne or farfalle. For it to…

Compost 911! One Weed at a Time Edition

One weed at a time is how you change the world. You know you need to. Some days you feel like you grow more weeds than vegetables. You are ashamed to go out into the backyard. You are not ever going to let your friends see your garden no matter how many times they ask….

Hot Bourbon Coffee, Our Traditional Holiday Drink

This post is part of an ongoing series on Mixology in the green household. Just click on Mixology for more in the series.   Smooth and Sensuous, what could be better together than Bourbon and Coffee? Bourbon and Coffee, with Whipping Cream is better of course! Here follows the super sekret recipe. It show you…

Stop Killing Yourself and Your Soil. Debunking Double Digging. Compost Myth-busting Returns!

Double Digging, Intensive Gardening, French Bio-intensive, whatever current buzzword is trotted out to sell the latest gardening book. The most sacred of sacred cows. And a complete waste of your time and effort. Compost Myth-busting returns! Digging and especially Double Digging (turning the soil completely over) is a backbreaking waste of time. Digging destroys the delicate soil structure which…

Dreams of Spring

There is something which happens to us mid-January. Almost a form of insanity which creeps into our lives, specifically mine.  The moment the first Seeds of Change catalog comes in the mail. The Winter ritual of perusing seed catalogs and planning of the beds begins. Dreaming of the perfect garden. Exotic vegetables, fruit, and berries filling…

You Can Be Open and Giving and Sharing or You Can Be a Complete Tool ™ and Hire a Lawyer

I could barely sleep last night because of this. Manifesto alert, proceed at your own risk. Everything we post about here on Backyard Ecosystem. Everything underlying the movement toward greening our cites over the last several decades. The very title of the excellent book written by Erik and Kelly over at the blog formerly known as Homegrown…

Winter Gardening Indoors

We love having plants indoors, especially vegetables. They make the indoors a refuge in the darker winter months and whet the appetite for outdoor gardening in the spring. A lot of indoor greenery definitely improve our mood in the bleak, frozen winter. Beyond just starting seedlings indoors, there are several things we grow strictly indoors or longer term in pots…

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Backyard Ecosystem began as an expression of my determination to make a difference in our own backyard. Literally and metaphorically making a difference at the micro level of my yard and to operate at macro level of treating the entire planet as something I am an integral part of and whose destiny is shaped everyday by what I do in my corner of the world.

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