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?
I'm so cold right now, I can't even stand it. I take solace in planning the spring gardens. I think this is really going to be a good year for us. Granted, I think that every year, but I'm not going to let that dampen my optimism. I have really enjoyed the "zone gardening" planning … Continue reading Spring Garden 2019
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?
Over the last couple weekends, we have focused on hauling mulch. It is a strenuous task because we do it all by hand; shovel the mulch into a cart, pull the cart to the other side of the property, dump the cart, rake the mulch... It takes forever. That said, on Saturday, we mulched the … Continue reading Back to Eden Update #3: Fall Preparations
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
Busy day! We picked up our last two chicks at the co-op this morning- Black Cuckoo Marans. They're doing fine with the others and we now have our full flock of 9. I have a suspicion that one of our Buff Orpingtons is a rooster, based on size and wing sexing, but I've also never … Continue reading Terracing, Burning, and Grooming
We've finally gotten enough rain to tell us where we shouldn't put our garden... The problem being, we've already put our garden there... The garden sits in the spot that receives the most uninterrupted sunlight. It just so happens it's at the base of a hill where we've experienced a good deal of water run … Continue reading Terracing the Garden Area