Well so much for skating through this summer just doing maintenance. I really hadn't planned on doing a berry hedge rescue mission. But such is life, right? You can see in this pic the nice, neat line of weed killer that began along my neighbor's side of the fence... And just decimated my fruit bushes... … Continue reading Project Raspberries (and Blackberries, and Currants)
For the last...2 and a half years? I forget... We've been fighting against runoff from our neighbor's place. Technically, it's from the cattle pasture on the other side of our neighbor's place... I digress. Anyway, with the latest storm and flash flood, we (almost) lost our potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, kale, rhubarb, Fennel, Lavender, Swiss … Continue reading French Drain= Fenceline Swale Solution
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!
Sigh ... The thing about having toddlers is that they need their Mama on a fairly constant basis, which I both love and find annoying at times. But the reality is projects get slowed way down so that I can soothe hurt feelings, calm hysterical tantrums (without throwing any of my own) and kiss boo-boos … Continue reading Swale Footbridge: Continued
I choose the oddest times to start projects... Like on one of the busiest weeks of the year- Holy Week... Not only do I have family coming in this weekend, but I have like 3 extra trips into Knoxville for church activities, and a grocery run to make, and all the usual homeschooling and child … Continue reading Swale Footbridge
I read an editorial last year about the author's late wife. He was honoring her memory by going over all the many things his lovely bride could accomplish in a single day. It set a goal for me then; to read more, plant more, care more, serve more, give more. what I really wanted was … Continue reading What Do I Do All Day?
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
This weekend we've been focusing on the hugelkultur swale. And by we, I mean I've been telling my husband what needs to get done and he's been doing it... Because the 3rd trimester of pregnancy turns me into a foreman rather than a laborer... Until actual labor happens... Anyway, we had a ton of weeds … Continue reading More Winter Work
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
So we're going to have to terrace our hillside in order to be able to garden in it. A useable slope is about 2%, or 1 foot of rise for every 50 feet of run. Our slope is about 8%. To find that, I used a simple equation from Algebra 1 I never thought I'd … Continue reading Finding the Slope