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My husband & I bought this island property several years ago. The home on the property is an Octagon and we had to do a gut-to-the-studs remodel. It is now "Solar Passive". Our house stayed a consistent 71 degrees last winter without running any heat.

As for the yard, I'm in the process of building soil. The soil here is a rocky heavy clay and I am 3 blocks from salt water.

What we found was, 3 previous owners had come onto the property and covered everything with 3 layers of heavy black impervious plastic going down 2 feet. Apparently each owner hated the previous owners ideas. We spent a lot of time pealing back the soil and removing all the layers of old garden soil, lava landscape rocks and those darn layers of plastic. There was no life in the soil and the smell was like a sewer.

We were able to get some block wall building done this spring and did some intensive soil building in that huge bed. Re-digging down 2 feet to break-up the hard pan soil, sifting out the rocks while implementing massive amounts of straw for organic matter. So far this year I have introduced 25 bales of straw into my yard. My 3 year old earthworm and red wiggler worm farm was set-free into the new bed this Spring. The composting continues and the Ruth Stout System is in heavy use in other areas.


Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul.

Plant four rows of squash:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness.

Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be happy
Lettuce really love one another.

No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for service when needed
Turnip to help one another
Turnip the music and dance.

Water freely with patience and
Cultivate with love.
There is much fruit in your garden.
Because you reap what you sow.

To conclude our garden
We must have thyme:
Thyme for fun
Thyme for rest
Thyme for ourselves.

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At 8:23am on May 18, 2011, Ricardo Oscar Marques said…

Ok, sorry for the comment.

But, what is going on with the law S503? is that true or is a stupid conspiracy theory?

And other guys who are fined for catching rainwater?

Have a nice day, thanks for the answer.

At 9:11pm on May 17, 2011, Ricardo Oscar Marques said…

I saw that USA has laws against veges in backyard and catch rainwater.

What is the country waiting for a revolution?

At 10:10am on February 8, 2011, Jane Maarie said…
Hey Sheri, nope didn't have to wait too long hehehe.  Have a good day:O)
At 9:14am on January 28, 2011, Jane Maarie said…
Thank you Sheri :O) This is where I am planning on using the lasagne layering method.  I have heritage lettuces in seed which I am eager to save....for the first time & lavenda cuttings to pot up for under my fruit trees which you can barely see in the paddock behind my gardens.  I am equally impressed with your photos also! :O)
At 5:45pm on January 23, 2011, Jools said…
Sheri I love your poem - may I copy it please?  I'm also working on improving the soil in my garden but not to the extent that you are.  Your photos are very impressive.  Happy gardening.
At 11:52am on January 22, 2011, jacee said…
hi Sheri plant garlic clove.. on the shortest day harvest around the longest. its rewarding to not have  to buy the chinese of californian garlic!!
At 9:18am on January 22, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…
Hello! I've just found your site and spent time perusing. What a fertile mind you have, not to mention the garden! Now I'll have to find you on Google maps.  I didn't realise you were not in NZ when I wrote.  Cabbage tree leaves mentioned are from the Cordyline Australis a NZ native. The strap leaves are almost indestructible (sometimes used in trenches for drainage.) I will watch this site with interest! Thanks for the effort you put in.
At 8:17am on October 11, 2010, Kelly Ronayne said…
Thoughts and prayers for you and Wes - it will be a long journey, but it seems like you're ready for it! Bring it on!
Kelly (New Zealand)


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