Category Archives: water

Landrace Crops, Bolita Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Bolita beans are emerging before it rains. I usually plant them later, right before monsoon season, but planted with the Painted Corn. Here they are, even though it has been 2 weeks since the last rain. I have grown Bolita … Continue reading

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Weather Woes

Late winter weather is hard on gardeners! Late freezes after exceptionally warm weather ensures that I will not get a peach crop more often than every few years unless I find a good microclimate for two trees. The snow is … Continue reading

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Water is Life

All life on Earth needs water, and all my work building raised Hugelkultur beds to conserve water has been missing… water. Yesterday had drizzle on and off, just enough to make it unpleasantly chilly to work damp.  I woke up … Continue reading

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Inside Hugelkuktur

Hugelkultur is based on the decomposition of deadwood. As it decomposes, it becomes spongy and holds water for long periods and in a manner accessible to plants. I am moving soil into my raised beds and rocks to raised bed … Continue reading

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I Love Rainwater

I love rainwater, but I hate having Atrazine fall on my head with the rain.  Atrazine is banned in most European countries; however it is used in the United States because Syngenta met with our government and cut a deal … Continue reading

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Spring Planting, Landrace Seeds

There are various qualities in landrace seeds, but the most important is that they are genetically dynamic. Corporate monocultural seeds are bred to exclude that diversity and turn it into strains with very narrow genetic variance and through their breeding programs … Continue reading

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I Love the Beauty of Snow

…but hate sliding into snowbanks. My property has had about 40 inches of snow in the last couple weeks.  It has been heartbreakingly beautiful.  It has also underlined a problem with my driveway. I have dug myself out of three … Continue reading

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