Back To Eden or a Yard full of woodchips

Looks like a lot of work!

Looks like a lot of work!

My front garden is hidden under about 13 yards of shredded wood chips. I have faith that it will become a beautiful food forest. Today it is a pile of wood chips that needs to be taken care of. They smell fantastic! Over winter, when a farmer has more time to dream, Ray and I watched the movie, “Back to Eden” A dim light came on. In this economy we need to get as much food production as we possibly can from our suburban lot. There was a time when we could build SFG’s (Square Foot Gardens) because Ray had the income for the expensive “Mel’s Mix to fill the boxes. We are thankful that we have all those SFG’s from the money days. In this economy we are completely unable to build and fill any more boxes. Back to Eden was an answer to a prayer that was not completely formed on our lips but lived in our hearts.

Beacon Hill Food Forest (Picture from The Urban Farm Hub Face Book page

Beacon Hill Food Forest (Picture from The Urban Farm Hub Face Book page

In King County (Just south of The Toy Box) The Beacon Hill Food Forrest got its start, according to The Face Book post by “The Urban Farm Hub”.  From the picture, the first thing that jumps out at me is all the help they have to move their chips. I took a head count at The Toy Box. I think we are a little shy of a full crew.

  1. Ray
  2. me
  3. (maybe) the sweet collage-age girl next door (she hollered “hi” from her deck and asked if I needed help with my garden…..I may take her up on her offer!)
Snap peas are already a layer of wood chips

Snap peas are already a layer of wood chips

The good news is that Ray has finished school and is not back to work yet (is that really good news? Humm). The other good news is that day-light savings time doesn’t seem like such a stupid idea after all. All I saw was the intrusion of an early wake-up alarm that getting up an hour earlier requires. Suddenly it occurs to me, I will be getting home an hour earlier, more daylight hours for me to work at the farm.

Farmer Ray, late summer, Season 4

Farmer Ray, late summer, Season 4

The Worm Moon is in its first quarter. Everett is going from heavy mist to showers to full on rain. Typical late winter stuff. The ground is still squishy. Good day for a blanket and a fire. Sunrise 7:33 (darn government daylight savings time!), sunset 7:05 (11 hours, 28 minutes)

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