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We had a rough go of it this Spring and Summer with a wide range of garden pests, fungal outbreaks and diseases.

  • Squash vine borers
  • Tomato horn worms
  • Blossom end rot
  • Aphids
  • Squash bugs
  • Japanese beetles
  • Mosaic virus
  • Downey mildew
  • Powdery mildew
  • and the list goes on…

My understanding is that this largely due to the fact that our soil is completely lacking in organic matter and is relatively lifeless. We harvested a small amount of zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers a lone pumpkin and a single butternut squash. Everything else suffered destruction at the hands of one problem or another. Healthy soils yield healthy plants, and healthy plants don’t suffer these problems on nearly the scale that we’ve experienced this year. Continue Reading…

Gulf Rye GrassWe’ve been so excited to see progress on the property that it never occurred to me that erosion might be a problem. As we sat in the motor home watching the rain on our first overnight excursion at the property, it hit me that we were going to have a BIG erosion problem on our hands if we didn’t do something fast. I’ve read dozens of permaculture books by this point, so you would think I’d know exactly what to do. As it turns out, all of the books talk about ground cover as a green manure crop, to stop erosion and build soil, but none of them really cover the process of how to plant ground cover in detail.

So we’ve got this two-acre patch of exposed dirt… Now what? Continue Reading…