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Denise Thornton

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– […]

GRAFTING A BRAND-NEW, ANTIQUE ORCHARD

Saturday was workout for the windshield wipers as I drove through fog and rain to Weston’s Antique Apple Orchards in the Prospect Hill Settlement Historic District of New Berlin, Wisconsin.  I went to learn how to graft antique apple trees onto modern, semi-dwarf root stock. Weston’s Orchards is one of […]