Permaculture in the OBX Year One
 
Hello dear supporters - that would be Meg, Lee and Judy! - I would like to let you know that I will be taking a break from uploading videos showing my progress. Your payments of support will cease as of now. I can't thank you enough for supporting me each month on this most beautiful things that we're doing in this tiny backyard!

The reason I'm pausing is because I think five videos for the first year of permaculture practice is sufficient to show the origin of the project. I will still be posting occasional photos of beauty here however, to share some Nature in our days. And next up will be videos in the Spring when perennials reemerge and life in the backyard gets going again after a long and cold winter. And then of course Year Two of beautiful life's cyclical evolution. I'm already excited for this!

We've grown tomatoes on our little plot (extras preserved by freezing in baggies), basil, parsley, four string beans (beans don't do well here YET), blueberries, pineapple sage, potatoes (in a bag!), cucumbers....and as we speak there's a lovely canteloupe ripening on the wood chips. And while I may not have fully demonstrated yet the power of permaculture (defined as 'a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on using the patterns and features observed in
natural ecosystems'), I think I have shown plenty of 'Before' imagery and experience. And gotten some food in the process. We've also composted all fruit and veggie scraps and coffeehouses' coffee grounds, keeping large amounts of plastic bagged garbage out of the landfill. We've planted crepe myrtle and dogwood trees. We've captured rain water to use in the garden. We've been so gratified to accept friends' offerings of cuttings and plants, and watched them flourish here. And by buying organic seeds, we've supported the small seed companies who are doing the right thing. The goal is the grow more and more food densely, while supporting the wildlife critters which are so vital in our entire endeavors on this planet, and while we're at it, see some little froggies enjoying the (A)man(da)-made pond. Who knows, chickens could be in the near future. I hope so.

August is beautiful here. Cicadas and crickets are loud, azalea bush and Indian Blanket and Elephant Ears and passion flowers are tall and happy, and yesterday I saw TWO hummingbirds inserting their long beaks into the two different colored salvias I have growing by the baby pool pond. Joy! And you guys helped it all happen.  Thank you so much. I really appreciate it very much.

More to come. Love you guys.