PLANTING THE SEPTIC DRAINFIELD

We are jump-starting next year’s house building project by getting the septic system done this fall. This way we will  have good, thick plant cover by the winter of 2012 when we start using it.  In places like Wisconsin and Minnesota one has to take care to keep good plant […]

IRRIGATION AND GLOBAL WARMING

I’ve been thinking about irrigating as we plan to sink cisterns beside the barn to store rain water.  With precipitation starting to come in more intense episodes in the Midwest followed by long dry spells, it seems like the best idea. This press release from UW-Madison writer Jill Sakai takes […]

4 REASONS TO LOVE BILL BRYSON

I went back to school a few years ago and got my masters degree in journalism from the UW-Madison.  I graduated with an emphasis in science writing and burning desire to write about environmental topics. I was  not surprised when Bryson,’s A Walk in the Woods was assigned reading in […]

HOW TO PEEL TREES

A crew from Whole Trees Architecture and Construction spent Tuesday and Wednesday on our land and completed peeling all the trees that need peeling this summer to serve as the unmilled timbers we will be using to build our house next spring. Selected not only because they are the right […]