Category: permaculture

Hello, is anyone still out there?

It’s been a while, work stole a lot of my fun time the last few years. :/  My garden chores this year were essentially keeping the perennials and young trees happy, added some more berries and turned a timer sprinkler system on.  I’m just putting it to bed this weekend, and planning to embark on a 3 month unplug from work.  A feed my soul trip and I’m SO EXCITED.  Lots of garden related activities of course, just in different climates. 😀

First to Hawai’i for a few weeks to check on the farm and lot, mulch the trees, plant some more stuff, check out the recent lava flows down the road, probably cry a bit, go explore the new things Pele left behind.  *Sighs* Then I fly to Northern Borneo to get my Alfred Wallace on in the jungle, volunteering with the Orangutan and Pigmy Elephant efforts.  Tree planting in the jungle and counting wildlife on river floats w00t w00t, then to Bali for a week, hopefully get to Sumba to visit some friends who have built a surf retreat and are hosting a Permaculture design course :O Over to the Mentawai Islands for friends visit and xmas, I hope to Orangutan up northern Sumatra before flying back to Hawai’i for a few more weeks of farm work.  

So, I’ll be reviving things around here as I #plantsomeshit and island hop this winter <3 Lots of no cell zones with just marginal wifi, stoked to uplug from work and plug into sharing the trip here. <3 

Once again, a late May heat wave has messed with all the cold…

Once again, a late May heat wave has messed with all the cold loving plants. Bolting kale. :/ 

Turns out I’m pretty good at growing roses YAY!  Take that,…

Turns out I’m pretty good at growing roses YAY!  Take that, deer.

I was gifted a white strawberry plant last year.  Managed to not…

I was gifted a white strawberry plant last year.  Managed to not eat a few berries, dried them out, sprinkled the wee seeds onto some seed starting mix late winter….so many baby plants now!  These berries might be tiny, but they pack 50x the flavour.

So much love for these dainty flowers.  No idea what they’re…

So much love for these dainty flowers.  No idea what they’re called.

The nectarine tree, same one I’ve had in a pot for 4 years until…

The nectarine tree, same one I’ve had in a pot for 4 years until it went in the ground last spring.  No drama with peach leaf curl this year, I think that’s due to it being extra protected up against the house and under the eaves.  23 fruit hanging on and getting big 😀 

I love this little patch near my front door.  Grecian…

I love this little patch near my front door.  Grecian windflower with some random succulent whose name I don’t know, and Hardy Cyclamen.

Amazing that despite the long winter, the plants and trees are…

Amazing that despite the long winter, the plants and trees are right on time.  

Nectarine about to flower.  

I’m trying to pull the nectarine tree in closer to the house, it’s nicely protected from winter under the eaves and gets lots of direct sun.  Can I get ahead of the peach leaf wilt this year is the big question.

This rose kept it’s leaves all winter, now the new growth is…

This rose kept it’s leaves all winter, now the new growth is coming in and the old leaves appear to have a fungus, but I’m not confident it’s Black Spot???

It’s getting neem.  Any input, much appreciated!

Okay, I’m back!

It was a long winter and I’m so behind on yard work, the posts will start coming regularly again as I continue to plan my garden in the forest.

Second spring on this property and I clearly have to drop a couple large fir trees for more sun in the garden area and on the house. The arborist agreed they were dangerous and $3,500 to take both down. Sound like a lot of money but considering I spent $600 on firewood this passed winter, and those trees will keep me warm for at least a few years….plus more sun…I’m doing it.

And no more sleepless nights during storms.

No permanent beds for me this year, but I’ll def be growing what I need to eat.

I’ve had to switch to a paleo life after an autoimmune diagnosis last year. So be warned, meat and veg pics abound moving forward, yup organic happy meats and the usual plants.