Author Archives: Carolyn Marenger

Ooops, I goofed

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Hey everyone, If you happen to have one of our business cards, then you do not in fact have the farm’s email address.  Yes, I was in a rush when I made them, and a mistake slipped past my eyes and Chantal’s too. We selected our domain augustusgardens.ca because we intend the farm to supply food to the local community. … Read more »

Passivhaus

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A section view of the passive house concept.

On the home page of this website, I mentioned that we will be designing and building a new Passivhaus home. The obvious question, “what is that?” For a quick summary, a passive house is a house with an air tight building envelope and lots of insulation.  The outdoor temperatures stay outdoors, the indoor temperatures are stable with minimal augmentation –… Read more »

Our own domain

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Front of the augustus gardens business card.

No longer to be found within the depths of our personal website, augustus gardens has its own domain.  Not a big thing in today’s world, but hey it is a tiny step in the right direction. Another little step is our business cards.  One local store in town has already asked Chantal for her card, it was about time we… Read more »

Permaculture

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Cassiopeia taking a break during the tree clearing operation.

“Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems,” according to wikipedia. What does that mean for us? We are in the process of preparing and developing our piece of land, to provide an abundance of thriving life and beauty. This past summer, we replaced… Read more »

Hügelkultur

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Cross section of a hugel.

“Hügelkultur is a composting process employing raised planting beds constructed on top of decaying wood debris and other compostable plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds,” as the wise persons behind wikipedia state. That about says it all. Well maybe not quite all. For… Read more »

Food Forests

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The components or layers of a food forest.

“Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion planting, these can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers, to build a woodland habitat.”  Again, this definition is thanks… Read more »