Category Archives: permaculture


Stephanie says: Not the gorgeous shot we typically aim for, but wildlife photography is tough folks! What’s important here: We are welcoming our first desert tortoise to the food oasis at Sunever Farms. She’s built her burrow in a swale … Continue reading

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May Day! What a beautiful morning wandering through nearby washes gathering seeds. I’ve never seen this much abundance. While gathering native seeds for propagation or other uses, I’ve been working on a new approach I’m learning from folks in the … Continue reading

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Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land: Lessons from Desert Farmers on Adapting to Climate Uncertainty by Gary Paul Nabhan Via . . . How to harvest water and nutrients, select drought-tolerant plants, and create natural diversity With climatic … Continue reading

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Notes from early springtime

Spring came three weeks ago, definitively. A bit early. Some people didn’t trust the warmth would stay, but it has. Hop-hop, the local one-footed wild roadrunner, reappeared after being absent for months, looking healthy. [That’s him pictured above.] He got … Continue reading

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State of the pond

Greywater pond made from six-foot diameter, two-foot deep stock tank in fenced area near our house. Water flows in underground pipe from indoor washing machine. Desert monsoons added an inch or two of water on Thursday night. The floating water … Continue reading

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First burst

Our desert greywater pond project is underway.   The tub is a six-foot diameter, two-foot depth stock tank.

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Ten minutes with Garth Bowles of Boulder Gardens in Pioneertown

Short film by Mary Lee Weir… More info:

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