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

First Post-second-baby Workout!

Today was a milestone for me. It marks the first day I've had both the time and energy for a decent workout. My daughter is 4 months old and I'm feeling really good- better than I did at this stage after my son was born. So, since both Bambinos decided to take a long late … Continue reading First Post-second-baby Workout!

Coop, Sowing, and Trees

We started work on the chicken coop . Actually, we re-started it. For some reason, our corners weren't coming out square so we unscrewed the entire base frame and checked that the cuts were straight. The 2nd try was better. The lesson in this is that a tiny mistake can cause big problems that compound … Continue reading Coop, Sowing, and Trees

Chicken Coop Building Materials List

Ugh. Lumber is expensive. I know there are ways to get it cheap or scavenged. But I didn't do that. In fact, we've spent a stupid amount of money on this daggone chicken coop and run. But ya know what? I would rather it be done the right way with quality materials and only have … Continue reading Chicken Coop Building Materials List

The Not-so-perfect Storm

We're in the Smokey Mountain region of this great nation and we were promised some brutal storms. Well, we ended up just getting a ton of rain. Which on one hand is great, because of the drought conditions this past summer/fall. On the other hand, we had quite a bit of water damage to our … Continue reading The Not-so-perfect Storm