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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…

Don’t Worry Be Happy, changing your light could change your life.

Several years ago we acquired a shop-light with OTT fluorescent tubes to use for seed sprouting and growing seedlings.  OTT lights were specifically developed to provide a more natural light spectrum and seemed like a good idea for seedlings. The fixture was incidentally installed next to the computer and was oftentimes my light source when I sat at the computer. I quickly realized sitting at…

Shopping for/or building your own Compost Bin

Pictured above are four options, an open pile (with pitchfork in the foreground), a commercial bin (with a Nuc – a small beehive for swarm transport sitting on top), a leaf mould pile (behind the movable wooden fencing), and a plastic garbage can containing weed tea. If you want to buy or build a compost bin,…

who we are:

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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