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Zen Center Retreat - Day 2, Meditation and Work

Day two of my retreat begins at 5:50 in the morning, which is one of those times I’ve only seen a few times in life. My advantage lies in the fact that 5:50am in California is actually 8:50am in Michigan, but the lack of sun makes it feel early. 1,351 more words


Sheet mulching: wildly stronger, feeds earthworms longer

Sheet mulching with cardboard is my favorite way to suppress weeds especially around fruit trees in my food forest.  Each year my fruit trees get their pine straw mulch pulled back for a fresh layer of cardboard to go down to prevent weeds from robbing nutrients from my apple and plum trees.  166 more words

East Texas

Spreading the muck

After finding a blue egg shell on the patio yesterday morning, I was taken up with doing some research into birds eggs and then their behaviour in general. 258 more words


Organic Gardening for Beginners

How to choose a garden site:

Sunlight (6 hours min, 8 preferred, morning sun is better than afternoon sun), slope (less than 5% or you’ll need to terrace), proximity to you (don’t make it hard to get to), access to water (water spigot or an adjacent shed to attach rain barrels*), drainage (don’t pick a site that floods, use drainage tile if needed), wildlife access (deer, rabbits, groundhogs! 2,071 more words

General Blog

Extra Early Spring Bonus

There wasn’t much of a winter this year.  Now, the ground is essentially bare at least a month early for VT.  The ground is still frozen, and more snow and freezing temperatures will certainly come and go into May.   453 more words

The case of the moving bricks

For the last couple of months or so, I’ve come home to find one or more of the bricks surrounding the front garden out of place. 187 more words


Sheet Mulch Followup

Fast forward from July of 2014 to September 2014.  After I planted the pear trees in the sheet mulched area in my front yard, a familiar leaf structure emerged.  170 more words