Filled with the vigor that comes with hope, I dance about the rain-soaked landscape of my mind. Comforted by the shelter this one-hundred-year-old white farmhouse provides, my thoughts are filled with the possibilities this life unveils. Outside, the rain falls on mulched garden beds and sheltered greens. Wind snaps through a tattered flag. Inside, the warmth envelopes me and awakens my soul. Fall has arrived.
The light has shortened to ten hours. Soon the darkness will outlast the day. My list has grown shorter, and activities like painting and baking pick up momentum. Fall has arrived.
What was a fitness maintained by the work of this land, now shifts to the cardiovascular development through which a running program inspires. I run to stimulate mitochondrial growth and awaken the mind. The steady rhythm of my gliding steps opens the neuropathways of creativity. The cadence of my breath enlightens new possibilities and connects open-ended ideas. The personal ethics of my work brings about developments of my mind. The steady flow of enriched fluids in my veins resolves unanswered questions from the days behind. Fall has arrived.
With this video I describe the way I make seed balls with packets of old seeds that are past their ideal germination period.
Motivated by Masanobu Fukuoka’s “One Straw Revolution, ” I show how to make seed balls from the most simple of materials and by using a five gallon bucket.
With this video I describe the fundamental principles of scything, including the proper stance, when to sharpen the blade, and how to maintain the snath when drawing through each stroke.
You realize the patterns of traffic across the property; where you spend the majority of your time and the pathways you walk across most frequently. Now you’re most likely prepared to set about designing your ultimate permaculture garden plan. This post goes into detail where to start, the tools I use and what to consider as you put together your plan.
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...