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Sometimes Life Gets in the Way of Your Plans

There’s a saying that goes, “Life is what happens when you are busy making plans.”

I was diligently staying active on this blog, trying to post at least 3 times a week, then life happened – in waves. A couple weeks ago I came down with something. We think it was a sinus infection. Whatever […]

My Case for Solar Energy

Today is Earth Day, so it seems like a good time to talk about alternative energy.

I’ve been fascinated with solar energy for a long time. Maybe it’s simple curiosity. Maybe it’s the engineer in me.

Or maybe it’s because the answer to one of our major problems is right there in front […]

An Inspiring Food Forest

Back in December, my son Jonathan and I visited our friend Dan in Mississippi. While we were there, we took a day trip down to the Gulf Coast neat Biloxi to visit one of Dan’s family members, Ken. What started out as a simple visit with little expectations turned out to be something amazing.

From […]

A Simple Cost-Effective Way to Label Trees

For the past 6 years, we’ve planted a lot of trees on our property. It’s exciting to see them leafing out, blooming, and even some setting fruit already.

The food forest is getting pretty dense, so trying to keep track of what is where can be a challenge. Until recently, I documented everything on […]

Building Soil

When we began the transformation of our property, the soil was in very poor condition. If we were going to be successful at creating a food forest, we needed better soil.

Much of our property consists of about an inch of top soil on top of hard, dry clay. Before our street was developed […]

Property Update – April 11 2016

Since the last update two weeks ago, I’ve been busy. April is always a busy time of year for getting plants started. The weather has been really nice, so it’s easy to spend all day outside. Most days have been highs in the 60s and 70s. Soon enough it will be too hot here to […]

A Transformation Is in Progress

Lately I’ve noticed when I work outside that we get a lot of cars driving by and slowing down out of curiosity when they see our property. Why is that?

Because they are seeing something unique – something they haven’t seen before. They see fruit trees, solar panels, and a chicken coop among other […]

Another Video Walk-Thru of the Swale Project – Focus on Building Soil

Today I did another video tour of the swale project. We dug the upper swale about 18 months ago, and the lower swale 4 months ago. It is interesting to see the difference between the 2 swales.

The upper swale has dramatically more growth. You can see how much difference a year makes when you […]

How I Feed Chickens Has Evolved

When we first got baby chicks, I was a novice and had so much to learn. Over the course of the 3 years since, I’ve learned a lot about the care and feeding of the flock. In this post, I’ll describe the evolution of how we feed the chickens.

Types of Feed When I started, […]

Can We Have Real Money Again?

Today we carry pieces of paper called Federal Reserve notes, or dollar bills, which we consider to be money. Or we have pieces of plastic that represent electronic money. Is that real money? We’ve seen movies where the electronic banking system is disabled and people’s money disappears like a computer glitch. It’s not real but […]