Hugel Berm Completion! – What’s Next?

With Summer Solstice, progress has shifted into high gear here as help and support materialized from several directions. First – with local organic-gardening student Michael Van Wie’s help, and a walloping load of composted horse manure from a Westminster, MD, farm, the hugel berm is complete – c’est fini! YES! It was quite a project, even with … More Hugel Berm Completion! – What’s Next?

Cutting Hedges and Trees, Filling in the Berm…and more…

It’s been a crazy spring…with cold rainy weather lasting well into May, and with me being out of the country at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, not much got done on the garden…but that’s not to say I wasn’t learning profound lessons on connecting with the consciousness of nature… But before I left, I did manage to get … More Cutting Hedges and Trees, Filling in the Berm…and more…

Why I Passionately Work to Conserve Water (As I Squelch Across My Yard)

Ahh, winter…as I write a new snowfall is adding to the remains of the 29″ record-setting blizzard from a couple of weeks ago. As the temperature rises and falls, I squelch or crunch across the lawn in my daily walks to the compost bins. The hugelkultur project is on hold for the moment, but I … More Why I Passionately Work to Conserve Water (As I Squelch Across My Yard)

Realizing Collateral Effects for the Birds

So what have I learned from this weekend’s unfinished adventure in hugelkulture? It’s actually three projects: to clear the brush pile and put it to use to the greatest degree possible, to maintain habitat for the birds, and to place the hugel barrier to stop and hold stormwater. What’s with the birds? I spent most of … More Realizing Collateral Effects for the Birds

Impermeable Soil, eh?

Well, the berm is begun…and experience is teaching me that the day after torrential rainstorms is perhaps not the best time for serious digging. One way and another, you could say yesterday’s backbreaking work was a sighting shot for a project that will take more than a weekend to complete. I pushed my spade into … More Impermeable Soil, eh?

Boston and Restoring the Water Cycle to Reverse Global Warming

I’m writing from my AirBnB futon in East Boston after Day 2 of the second Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference…and what an event it is! Not only is the concept mind-bending, but the sheer weight of scientific evidence produced by the star-studded lineup of experts is simply overwhelming. From the fields of hydrology to … More Boston and Restoring the Water Cycle to Reverse Global Warming