February 2018
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Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

I’ve tried a lot of things. Some went well and others didn’t. Occasionally I learn enough from the first experience to know not to try again. Other times the first failed attempt motivates me to make improvements and try again. Quite often my second attempt is much more successful than the first. The failure taught […]

Building Trellises for the New Garden Beds

Last winter, we decided to try a new location for some garden beds in our back yard. The location had the advantages of zone 1 proximity to our house, fenced protection from some pests, more morning sun and less afternoon sun. Here is my previous post about the new beds.

The plan was to construct […]

Property Update – March 28 2016

Today’s post is another update on projects and activities around our property. The last update covered activities with aquaponics, chickens, and swales to name some. You can read it here: March 15 Property Update.

Since then, we’ve crossed over into spring. Boy are things really starting to grow. We had a couple of nights that […]

Spring Has Sprung

Today is March 21st. It is hard to believe but spring is here already. Time really flies when you stay busy. I’m not a cold climate person, so I’m happy that winter seems to be over early. Not that I like 95 degree days, but I’ve lived here so long that I supposed I’m somewhat […]

Property Update – March 15 2016

I’m going to try a new feature – a periodic progress update, typically weekly, on projects and activities around our property. My goal when I started this blog was to document what we’re doing here. The transition that our property is undergoing is part of a long-term conversion and rebuilding based on permaculture principles. If […]

Spring Will Be Here Before You Know It

It’s January and it’s cold outside. There’s still time to rest up before spring planting, right? No way! It’s time to get busy now. Even though it’s cold outside, there’s a lot to get started on. This is an important time to prepare for the spring planting season.

Where we live is in zone 7B, […]

Experimenting with New Garden Locations

In my earlier post titled Don’t Be Afraid to Fail, I talked about how we have recently determined that our garden is not in a very good location. It can be difficult to admit failure at times, but the sooner you admit it the sooner you can move forward. I originally located our garden where […]

An Inexpensive Easy-to-Build Greenhouse

A greenhouse is very useful in the gardener’s set of tools. Being able to get plants started in a controlled environment is one of many benefits. Greenhouses come in many shapes and forms, from simple to very elaborate. I have contemplated building a greenhouse from time to time, but the cost of a more permanent […]

How I Got Creative to Keep Critters Out of the Garden

When I started our garden a few years ago, my only thoughts were about growing tasty and nutritious vegetables. It didn’t take long before I realized there were other creatures that wanted to share in the bounty without my approval. Rabbits sure do like green leafy vegetables. And deer are another story. We’re not talking […]

How I Deal with Poison Ivy on Our Property

Let’s face it. Poison Ivy is just plain nasty. We don’t want it on our property, and when it shows up we want to get rid of it. If you are highly allergic to it, poison ivy might be one of the few cases where you could justify the use of a product like Roundup. […]