TALES FROM OUR 44 ACRES

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 […]

GREENHOUSE GROWING STRONG

Things are getting exciting in our mostly-finished greenhouse! Last year we raced to get the growing beds built and filled before the ground froze. This March we raced again to finish the top edge of the boxes so we could plant. By then the temperatures in the greenhouse were staying […]

KWIK TRIP POND

We call it The Pond, but that term probably evokes a much grander water body than it actually is. The previous owner built a little dam across the end of a ravine and lined the basin with clay from the neighboring field.  He never actually found the spring he expected, […]