For a few weeks, I was convinced that all the effort we put into our gardens would amount to nothing this year. The month of May was hot. Too hot, for Indiana. Despite the added water retention from sheet mulching, and employing hugulkultur, our gardens struggled to get moving. The relentless heat combined with a […]
Transformation is hard. Particularly in a culture that demands instant gratification. Nothing is more grounding for me than working in our yard. It reminds me that nature works at its own speed. This has been the way of things since the first nucleotides combined with amino acids. It will be this way long after I […]
No need to elaborate on the satisfaction that results from seeing a plan come together. I was surprised it only took one truck load of mulch to cover it. And even more surprised when I dug holes to plant the blueberry bushes. The soil was still as dark and rich as it was the day we created the swale.
I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve put serious effort into starting plants indoors. Previously my initiative was haphazard. Along the lines of “Oh well if they don’t make it, we can just sow seeds or buy plants later.” It has occurred to me that this is not only really inefficient, it can actually be expensive if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing.
I had ten trees in my hand and they had also sent two “bonus trees” as a thank you for my membership and survey. Now I had twelve. In June, when I read ten trees, I didn’t think much of it. I’ve got an acre and a half, plenty of room, right? Well, yes, but there’s more to it than that. Until they arrived in the mail, I didn’t know what kind of trees I was getting.
Read Parts 1 and 2, to learn more. I’m going to go ahead and warn you that if you’re familiar with permaculture, some of this will make you groan. I do not proclaim to be a professional or expert when it comes to this sort of thing. All I have are books, lots of time […]
In Part 1, I outlined the last three years of work my family and I have completed in our yard. It’s pretty crazy for me to put that in a timeline. Those three years feel like twice that, largely because of the amount of effort we’ve put in. This fall I stood back and looked […]