Over hill, overThat's right: I have swales on my mind. Lots of them. But I digress...
Through bush, through briar,
-- with apologies to William Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
I'm having one of those runs during which pieces suddenly fall into place:
- The other week, I happened to pick up a copy of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Agriculture from the library, just because I'd seen some articles and blog posts which referenced it. I read through it (my "light" bus reading...), having little epiphanies along the way. I maxed out on the loan period, and turned the book back in.
- Last month, I went to two presentations, one on Brix and nutrient density, and the other was introduction to using swales to manage water in the garden.
- That swale preso actually more like a gentle intoduction to permaculture. And, it turned out that the (fabulous) permaculture speaker gave consultations...
- ...in which two friends and I were interested... In my case, remember how I quit our dear CSA? Now, I'm committed to making our property as productive as possible!
- We three friends pooled our efforts and arranged back-to-back consultations on the same day. We attended each others' sessions, benefitting from each others' questions, and taking copious notes. Essentially, we created our own all-day permaculture workshop! What an amazing day!!!
While I need to be planning for our next homeschooling year, and knocking some other time-sensitive things off of my to-do list, I'm itching to surf the web for more information on things like jostaberries, the most cost-effective place to buy several cubic yards of compost, and yes, swale building. While I'm at it, my eye might just wander to other garden goodies like labyrinths (wouldn't it be groovy to have one in the yard?) and sundials (ha! In all of our shade, those sunny patches need to go to edibles!).
|Thinkin' about swale placement...|
|One full can ready for yard trim collection -- more to come!|
|A delicious section of the garden, sans permaculture, but avec happy bees on that hyssop :-)|