Inch By Inch

Row by row
I’m gonna make this garden grow
All it takes is a rake and a hoe
And a piece of fertile ground…

…an excellent tune for humming while working in the garden…

Laying patio stones. Sandstone from Montana. In good company, under the sun’s beams.

Choose a stone, examine its size and shape, play with alignment near its neighboring set stones, level sand underneath, jiggle and maneuver into position making sure the newly placed stone is level with those surrounding it, rubber mallet whack its sides so as to compress sand between stones, rubber mallet whack its top so as to set solidly in the sand, gather sand ’round its newly set edges. Observe. Repeat.

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What is this project?

My good friend DanDan is in the process of redesigning his parents backyard. He has effectively created a rain garden and is working on the community space (patio) while channeling the concept and practices of permaculture.

During the summer of 2012 I was lucky to take part in a “Farm to Ship” sail on the good ship Adventuress. We anchored in Deer Harbor off of Orcas Island and explored the permaculture homestead of the Northwest with homesteader James: The Bullocks Brothers Farm.

This was the first time I explored such an intentional property emphasizing harmony and permaculture. That word, PERMACULTURE. What does it mean? Many people have a word or two to share about it, but let’s not get caught up in the hum-drum. Here is a concise but telling explanation of permaculture (read pages 1-2).

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