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The two side walls now finished, I started working on the gables. If all goes well, tomorrow I'll add the first two roof beams. By then it'll be time for a door. ... See MoreSee Less

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First Swales and Pond on the Land

First Swales and Pond on the Land
Ever since we arrived here in 2015, we’ve been thinking about how to improve the water situation on the farm. Sweden has been drying out for the last ten years or so, with 2016 the dryest year in 40 years. This year, so far, it’s quite a bit worse. So the need for good water management [...]

Hugelbed Workshop 5-6 November, Swede...

Hugelbed Workshop 5-6 November, Sweden
Come to our Hugelbed Workshop, and learn how to build a green mountain of food. This year we made an incredibly successful test hugelbed in our garden. This special kind of raised bed consists of large amounts of rotting wood, covered with manure, turf, soil, compost, manure, and straw. At the bottom of the page [...]

Hugelbed Diary: Mountains of Food

Hugelbed with produce
The hugelbed’s first growing season. Success or what? The third hugelbed diary, shot on 28 July 2016 (see the previous ones here). The last episode saw a finished bed with a few careful seed leaves showing through the straw. This episode… a bed exploded into greenness and HUGE plants. I expected plants to grow, but [...]

Brexit a Momentous Non-Event?

Brexit a Momentous Non-Event?
“If they give you lined paper, write sideways.” ~Daniel Quinn “The first rule of propaganda: if you can slide your premises by people, you’ve got them.” ~Derrick Jensen The UK is to leave the EU. The whole world (or the parts which ‘matter’) is in shock, be it in a happy or horrified way. The [...]

Hugelbed Diary 2: Finishing the bed, ...

Hugelbed Diary 2: Finishing the bed, and first sowing and planting.
The first steps of making the hugelbed are shown here. On the new video below, the next steps are shown, from adding the last few layers and sowing and planting the first seeds and seedlings. The hugelbed has grown, and it is being grown òn as well. Two thirds of the roughly 13 meter long structure is [...]

Welcome to 14 Swedish Flower Hen Chic...

Welcome to 14 Swedish Flower Hen Chicks (video)
Since late last night we now number 22 (macro) inhabitants on Två Ekar Gård: Us three humans, Jack the dog, four muscovy ducks, and now 14 young (5-7 weeks) swedish flower hens. The latter now occupy the little log cabin I built during last winter, and they seem to be enjoying it there. There’s much [...]