When a very large project needs to be done, in traditional communities, everyone gets together for a day or a weekend, to do it together.
The other day, David Homa came to work with Ruby and me for a day and walk us through a couple of aspects of building a permaculture food forest: amending the soil based on our soil tests, sheet mulch over an existing lawn, and building a hugelkultur.
Finally, late in March, the snow melted, and we were able to get back out into the garden. Our first effort was to lay out the paths.
The past couple of days I shoveled 15,000 pounds of dirt and poop. Yep. And I — a moderately fit, middle-aged lady — did it with a shovel.
To help us put our food forest in place, we’re working with David Homa, to come and coach us a couple of days.
Early in March, Land of Plenty came and cleared the Norway Maples to make room for the food forest shrubs and trees. Charlotte, Ruby and I spent a couple of days making permaculture piles of branches and duff.
Root magic is when you take a little stick, or a little seed, and you coax it into making roots – the foundation of plant life. No roots, no plant life.
After Land of Plenty left, as I mentioned, we had two huge piles of brush, taller than a person, in the yard. The original plan was to rent a chipper to turn this material into wood chips for paths, figuring it would take one work-day with Ruby – Ruby is our wonderful live-in intern/woofer, whoContinue reading “Permaculture zen”
I mentioned we are moving woods from the back of our property to the North-east side in the previous post. To say “moving the woods” is somewhat deceptive, as trees are not easily moved.
At the back of our yard, we have the “woods”. When Charlotte and Josephine (our girls) were small, these were a mysterious place, in which grew the “Witch Tree” with a twisted, hollow trunk, and where one might find treasures, such as an ancient china figurine of a man.
One of the things I am really excited about this Spring is another class – Applied Permaculture with David Homa near Portland Maine. This course is eight Saturdays, once a month, going out to sites and doing real work – pruning, grafting, planting, soil building – all the practical skills one needs for building andContinue reading “Applied Permaculture Lesson”
On Saturday, we started our first Real Work in the food forest to be: taking down lots of saplings and brush. We don’t like to take down trees and bushes, but we also want to create the space for our intentional plants, ones that are really good at producing food for us or for wildlife,Continue reading “Some Real Work”