My Only Chicken

This is a really difficult post to write and even as I sit here, I'm intermittently sobbing. This past weekend, my husband's parents came down to help us finish building our chicken coop. We would have been at a complete loss without my father in law because he actually knows what he is doing when … Continue reading My Only Chicken

Back to Eden Update

Oh my goodness, springtime is beautiful! My son and I were out enjoying this fine Saturday morning and we planted some onions and radishes and carrots... Or at least I thought they were onions... Turns out, instead of the red Spanish onion seed, I had actually mistakenly planted Martha Washington asparagus along side my yellow … Continue reading Back to Eden Update

Land Works Observation

Most people recommend waiting and watching your property for the first year you own it, prior to building any land works or planting anything. To an extent, we've observed the sunlight and water patterns for almost 3 seasons. But mostly, we're watching and building as we discover issues that need managing (I.e., our swales, the … Continue reading Land Works Observation

Forsythias and Such

My husband and I joined the Arbor Day Foundation. People who see us cutting down most of the dogwood trees around our house may find that hard to believe, but we did. And we have a method to our madness. To start, we need more space to plant our fruit and nut trees for our "food forest" … Continue reading Forsythias and Such

Functional vs. Ornamental Landscaping

When my husband was in the Marine Corps, we bought a house in a cul-de-sac to avoid rent gouging and sketchy neighborhoods, and the outrageously long waiting list (2 years!) for on-base housing. When we bought it, we purchased by owner and the previous homeowners had put time and effort into landscaping it to give … Continue reading Functional vs. Ornamental Landscaping