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Denise Thornton

GET YOUR HANDS INTO STRAW/CLAY

We DON”T want to build our house out of two-by-fours and drywall.  So what will we build it out of? Last weekend we explored the straw/clay insulation technique at a workshop offered by the Driftless Folk School taught by the Robert Schulz and his wife Summer.  Their own home is […]

IF YOU BUILD IT, BLUEBIRDS WILL COME

This spring we purchased an officially sanctioned bluebird house to support the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW),  and we placed it according to their directions.  As with all real estate, location is key. A pair of bluebirds are looking for 1-3 acres of predominantly open land to call home.  […]

Treasuring Topsoil

I have a clump of dirt on my sideboard but I’m not washing it off.  It’s a handful of the topsoil we just had delivered to our land for the septic system drain field and garden beds, and it’s my prized possession. I feel like I dodged a major guilt […]

The Dirt on Our “New” Topsoil

Before we build a house on our land, we will need a septic system.  The land has already passed its perc test (Doesn’t that sound cheerful?  It’s 6 a.m., and at the moment, I’m not sure I feel perky enough to pass any test.)  Our land is not only perky– […]