It is Swale with my Soul!

Hey y'all! In honor of our Summer Workshop Series, I designed an exclusive T-shirt. Our love for the Lord and our love of permaculture meet in this punny addition to the Etsy shop. While you're at it, there are less than 12 days to the 1st of our summer workshops on Back to Eden gardening! … Continue reading It is Swale with my Soul!

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Flash Flood Clean-up

What. A. Night. We got slammed with rain, and subsequently work. Driving home from church last night, we hit torrential rain and the country roads back to our house were flooding and washing out like crazy. Ended up hitting something that had washed into the road and was hidden under high water, resulting in a … Continue reading Flash Flood Clean-up

Shaggy Maple Update

Hey Folks! We have lots of new and exciting things coming down the pipe for 2019. First, and most importantly, we're having a series of 3 FREE workshops this summer on Back to Eden Gardening, Permaculture basics, and Sustainable Gardening. One in May, one in June, and one in July. Registrants can have their very … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update

Canning Day! And Other Updates

Yesterday, we celebrated American independence by canning our own produce. For the first time, we harvested enough blackberries to make jam. Granted, it was only about a half gallon of jam... But it was ours! And that was the exciting part. We also had enough cucumbers come in to do a small batch of pickles … Continue reading Canning Day! And Other Updates

What’s in the Garden?

I thought I'd take you through what we have going on in the gardens this year. At this point, we have 5 distinct areas which we are cultivating: Terrace Back to Eden Garden Hugulkultur swale/fruit trees The Berry hedgerow The Orchard Market Garden terraces half-finished seems to be our trademark... We're working on improving that … Continue reading What’s in the Garden?

Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

I wanted to evaluate my first year experience with the Back to Eden garden. I decided to break the experience into sections: preparation, planting, productivity, weeding and watering, overall experience. My rating scale is from 1-10 with 1 being unsuccessful and 10 being absolute success. The effort to reward ratio will be covered in the … Continue reading Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

Great Homestead Expectations

My husband and I hit a low point about a week ago in our morale regarding homestead expansion. We were discussing the necessity of the kitchen remodel before the floor falls through to the basement (I honestly don't know if it's that bad or not, but I don't really want to find out after the … Continue reading Great Homestead Expectations

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

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!