Monthly Archives: April 2014

Deer-B-Gone

While doing our best to live with the wildlife it is still rattling to see our long term investment in fruit trees nibbled beyond recognition. In some ways it is our fault, our first swale and subsequently first row of … Continue reading

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Respect Your Alders

There are lots of trees in the forest, but I have been having a growing love for red alder, alnus rubra. In the Pacific Northwest it is considered a weed tree. It is a fast growing pioneer, and one of … Continue reading

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Ram Pump

Last year we suffered through pumping water¬†from a spring and pond into¬†water totes and our big cistern at the top of the hill using a little 12 volt pump I picked up from Harbor Freight. It required lugging a heavy … Continue reading

Posted in Construction, Homesteading, Permaculture, Preparing the land, Sustainability, Tree Care, Water Management | Tagged | 4 Comments

Build It and They Will Come

We have put in two small ponds of the eight planned. The first one is located at the top of the property. It was a small, seasonal pond M dug by hand summer before last. We used it to pump … Continue reading

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