Preparing Garden Beds On San Juan Island
This is my first year planting a garden on this permaculture homestead. It marks a major milestone and brings a great sense of accomplishment to my psyche. When we first moved to the San Juan Islands, I had thought I'd have a small garden in the first year. Oh how...
The Value of Quackgrass | Elytrigia repens (L.) Nevski
Is your property covered with quackgrass? Has mowing lost its luster? Have you ever wondered if quackgrass has any nutritional value? In this article I compare some of the common feedstuffs in use for ruminants and other grazing livestock. Plus free grazing calculator.
Establishing a Garden When It’s Covered In Quackgrass
How and Why I Tag Trees
We plant a lot of trees around here, especially this time of year as temps warm yet the rain continues to fall. But the trouble with this is two fold. This post describes how and why I tag trees around the homestead.
Muscovy Duck Breeding Behaviors
The Muscovy Duck can be a strange duck indeed. They are incredibly personable, pursuing one around like as a puppy dog. This specific drake is no exception.
A smiple and easy way to protect your strawberry crowns when planting bare root stock
A quick tip for using woodchips and protecting your strawberry crowns when mulching.
The Benefits of Google Maps When Designing A Permaculture System
Google Maps provides great way to observe the land. If you visit the site of your own property frequently enough, you will notice that Google re-images the area annually. This post provides details about why I didn’t do anything on the land for full year.
Following the Seahawks Into Cold Air
Departing Friday Harbor Airport. Six airports later I arrive in Minnesota. It just so happens the Seattle Seahawks will be en route at the same time. During my travel I ran into a fantastic musician named Jasper T.
Lunch with Kaylee Before Leaving On Business
Flying Kenmore air to Minnesota via Seatac Airport, this post describes lunch with family and a great French-Style Pork recipe by America’s Test Kitchen. Video included.
Building Your Own Killing/Restraining Cone
A brief description about how I designed and built a simple, inexpensive chicken killing/restraining cone. includes free template.
Sheet Mulch Rings
Using sheet mulch find out how to build soil in even the most inhospitable land with simple free organic materials.