こんにちは


Kon'nichiwa ( hello in Japanese ) is a way I remembered ( or not ) my experts identification of cochineal scale, found on our local prickly pears. Cochineal is a tiny red sucking insect that draws the fluid from pads of prickly pear. As they feed, they produce masses of a white waxy material as … Continue reading こんにちは

Smell of a Horse


In Sanskrit ashwagandha means “smell of a horse.” That’s because this herb is said to impart the vigor and strength of a stallion, and has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. Sauce Ashwagandha (indian ginseng) is used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as both rejuvenating tonic as well as … Continue reading Smell of a Horse

Wwoofing Offgrid


A wwoofing experience. Wake up in the middle of Frontier Country, near Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This homestead is 5 metres from one of many game reserves. Its enclosed and has loads of potential for someone wanting to live away from the city life. It can accommodate one person and two if you pitch … Continue reading Wwoofing Offgrid

Hugelkultur Gardening


Pronounced hoo-gul-culture, the name of this practice means ‘hill culture’ or ‘hill mound.’ This practice makes use of dead branches, leaves and grass clippings by recycling them. To build a hugel bed, you must mound the yard waste, along with any compose, manure or other biomass you’ve got. Then, top the compound with soil and … Continue reading Hugelkultur Gardening

Abundant food production in 90 days


Watch Paul Taylor transform a high maintenance lawn, including building a contour dam and swale, into an abundant food-producing system that will produce tons of food annually.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWtsrNuUAgE

How wolves change rivers


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q For more from George Monbiot, visit http://www.monbiot.com/ and for more on "rewilding" visit http://bit.ly/1hKGemK and/or check out George Monbiot's book Feral: rewilding the land, the sea and human life: http://amzn.to/1fjgirx NOTE: There are "elk" pictured in this video when the narrator is referring to "deer." This is because the narrator is British and the … Continue reading How wolves change rivers

Water wiser


    Quite a dry winter with almost no rain in the last few weeks. A couple extra guests on Ramblers I had to make a decision and focus on sealing and renovating the water reservoir next to the workshop. With an extra two hands this took just over 2 days to complete. The following … Continue reading Water wiser