Holes In The Ground

We are taking classes on permaculture and are looking to build a swales for a food forest this year!

Dozens of our seedlings have been planted and some of them have already sprouted! A week ahead of when we planted them last year as when we went to put them outside, they still seemed to small and fragile.

In May – perhaps mid to late May, we will attempt to dig holes into the ground. The reg is open for hole diggers. ūüôā I’m betting this will be Memorial Day weekend.

  • Hole Diggers to Dig ditches 2′ wide and just a few inches deep. The dirt will be piled on the other side of the ditch – this pile is called a berm.
  • Someone to validate the levelness of the ditches – it needs to be level and we have an A-Frame with a level that we can show you how to use.
  • someone to cut 2′ wide cardboard stripes. This will be used to create a lasagna technique. They will be layered on the other side to the planned ditch.
  • Ditch fillers – we’ll be filling the holes we dis with sand and/or gravel. Well, definitely gravel, but considering sand for the bottom or one of the sides first.
  • Bern coverers – we need to cover the berm with mulch and seeds and then net the area so the seeds have a better chance to survive vs. being eaten by the birds. ūüôā
  • Labor will be exchanged for pizza and beer – or other similar nourishments. Housing is available on a first-come first-serve basis. This is a great opportunity to get fresh air and connect with nature and learn about permaculture design.


    The Geodesic Greenhouse Dome Kit (T-1)

    T-1 is a countdown for me of how many weeks before we need to put the seedlings outdoors. ¬†In the meantime, we will do something I’ve always wanted to do.


    I’m not sure what drew me to geodesic architecture, but it started with a house that looked like a hobit’s house and it may have been from this company. ¬†Anyway, we’re not building a house, but a geodesic greenhouse instead. ¬†Perhaps this will be a warm oasis for the wintertime – maybe add a hammock and some tables and chairs.

    IMG_1310-dome day 1Step 1 – Need a level site.

    After wood chipping all the branches from the winter’s pruning, we had our 25′ (actually 26′) site ready for clearing. ¬†The next morning,¬†after the first 1/2 day of landscaping, we tried to hammer in some rebar into the ground in a couple of different places and realized that rocks were going to be a big problem. ¬† When the landscapers arrived, we asked them to dig a 2′ trench around the perimeter of the foundation. ¬†I knew this due diligence was well worth the time taken away from some leveling we wanted in the garden as well. ¬†We would definitely be drilling holes all over our foundation beams looking for a place the rebar would get through come building time. ¬† You can see the rocks on the side. This is the afternoon after a 1/2 a day and then a morning of landscaping work. ¬†Our site was then covered with pea stone and the gravel was left on the sides.

    We later stacked the rocks we could lift on this exposed edge to create somewhat of a retaining wall for the land. ¬†Hopefully we did a good job and Mother Nature won’t test our skills too hard.

    On a side note, we found a nest on the fence¬†holding these pretty blue eggs. ¬†They look like they were the result of an Easter egg coloring kit ¬†We didn’t touch them and (from an internet search) we think they are a Robin’s eggs.

    What a text-book-looking nest!

    Eggs on the fence.

    Eggs on the fence.