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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 […]

Property Update – May 23 2016

It has been 3 weeks since my last property update. It has been unusually dry for most of April and May. I filled the swale a couple of times from the pool, which has the level in the pool down. We finally got a couple of good rains over the past week, which helps the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mulching with Wood Chips

Mulch is Crucial

Water is essential to healthy fruit trees. In our hot Georgia summers, the ground around a fruit tree can get extremely dry leading to stress on the trees. Mulching around the trees is a good way to keep moisture in and avoid drying out the soil.

My favorite source of mulch material […]

A Video Walk-Thru of the Swale Project

Yesterday I walked around the swales and shot this video, describing some of the trees and berries. The swale project started about 18 months ago and has been completed in 3 phases.

The first section of the upper swale where the video starts was dug in October of 2014. The fruit trees and berries in […]