Pruning a 100-Year-Old Apple Tree

Pruning a 100-Year-Old Apple Tree

Greeting from a 100 Year-Old Apple Orchard! I live on a small patch of what was once a fully functioning 80-acre Gravenstien apple orchard. The orchard was planted in 1916 (over 100 years ago!) and we have 10 of these old beauties still standing on our 1-acre...
Earthen Pond Water Harvesting System

Earthen Pond Water Harvesting System

Greeting from …Uh, Earth? Catch and Store water from your homestead! Check out this fully integrated water harvesting system in progress.  Rain from the roof of the house gets pumped to a tank storage system high on the landscape. Then overflow from the tanks feeds a...
Roof Water Harvesting:  Part 1

Roof Water Harvesting: Part 1

Greetings from (hopefully) rainy California! Today we are talking about catching the abundance raining down from the sky! Where I live we get 3 to 4 months of rain per year and a long 8-9-month dry spell. During the dry time of year water becomes scarce and here in...
The Power of Self-Seeding Landscapes

The Power of Self-Seeding Landscapes

Greetings from Coastal California! Depending on your context you may be working too hard. Are your landscape aesthetic needs making you cringe at an over grown garden? I get it! I know that feeling to want to have a beautiful looking landscape and that itch to get out...
Reading The Land After Fire

Reading The Land After Fire

Rising from the ashes, the land responds to the 2017 California Firestorm.  Check out what happened on the land a few weeks after the fire hit! The environment of California is a Fire Ecology. This means that many plants, animals, fungi and ecological processes depend...