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The Story of Our Swale As Told by Four Fig Trees

The weather here has been incredibly hot and dry all summer. We’ve had almost no rain for weeks, and the average highs are 95 degrees. In many areas of our property, plants and trees are looking stressed. Grass is dying and the ground is starting to crack.

In the midst of these brutal conditions, something […]

Updated Video Walk-Thru of the Swale Project

Today I did an updated walk-through of the swale project. It has been very hot and dry lately, with a high yesterday of 97 degrees about 10 days without rain. It is in these conditions that we find out how well the swale system works.

The swale was frequently filled with rain during the […]

Three Month Time Lapse Video of the Swales

I set up the time lapse camera 3 months ago to capture the changes in the swale as we transition from the beginning of spring to the hot part of summer. It is shot at 1 frame per day and played back at 1 frame per second, so it looks somewhat like a slideshow rather […]

How I Saved Our Trash Can

One of my philosophies for saving money is to always try to repair things before throwing them away and buying new. Sometimes things are beyond repair, but I always try to repair them first. I’ve save a lot over the years with this approach.

We’ve been in our house for almost 10 years now. When […]

Comfrey 1 – Hornets 0

Today I received a stinging reminder that nature can be cruel at times. I was working in the swales, spreading some wood chips around the fruit trees. All of a sudden I felt a sharp pain on both of my legs. I swatted away whatever it was and went running.

I could tell from […]

Easy Inexpensive Plant Marker Stakes

As I added more and more diverse plants to our swales and food forest project, I started losing track of what was planted where. Part of my strategy to reduce damage from rabbits and deer is to plant a wide variety of things. Scattered throughout the swales are also many cover crops like oats, peas, […]

A Video Tour of Our Kiwi Vines

Six years ago we planted 4 female and 1 male kiwi vines. Before then I had no idea kiwi would grow in Georgia, but it turns out that the arctic variety will. The fruit are more like large grapes than the traditional kiwi you see in a grocery store.

The vines are climbing on […]

Updated Walk-Thru of the Swale and Food Forest Project

Today I did another video tour of the swale project. It’s been about a month since the last one. There have been significant changes in just a month.

There is a lot more growth on the upper swale. The bare root trees we planted about 15 months ago are really taking off. Several of them […]

Property Update – May 2 2016

It’s been about 3 weeks since the last update. The weather has started to get pretty hot. I have to plan my days better to avoid the hottest part of the day. It’s also important to remember to drink a lot of water because it’s easy to get dehydrated. On the really hot days, I […]

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 […]