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Planting season

Monday, June 11th, 2007 by Brian

Today is an important day.

Today begins this year’s plant propogation cycle. Many new garden spaces are ready to receive cuttings. We can likely do 6,000-7,000 cutting easily each year. My guy is trained from last year and will be able to do this lots, and this year two more guys will do it too.
Many food trees from seed grew well and are ready to go into the forest. The near natives in pots seem quite happy. Of the maybe 20 types I tried, maybe 5 have turned out to like to grow in pots.

I am pleased because I can now see the green future and know that I can cover this place in pretty and useful plants. The experiments of last year have taught me what works, and I will be able to use those systems with more plants. There will be exponential growth in the number of cool plants.

Many of the plants from last year which I thought died, were just dormant and are waking up.

Tommorrow I go to get blackberries and bamboo.

Day just getting going. Much to do. I want a nap.


Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 by Brian

We have been running some tests on the dirt from the land to see if it is right for mixing adobe. It works fine.

adobe blocks made here

Yesterday we used an electric mixer to see how many adobe blocks we can make in one day. With two guys we made 130 blocks. I think the first building we will make with the adobe bricks is a small generator building near the house.

This way if we need more power during events with many people we can use a generator for some hours with low noise pollution.


Monday, June 4th, 2007 by The Bosque


The fire has come now here.
I was in town and I come home and it is 30 meters from my land. Everything is smoke. The fire goes slow but it comes now to my land.

I am going to go fight it and I moved my van to a place more clear of trees. I have a silver fire jacket and I will try to make a wet hat.

The fire will hit on the south side. Wind will bring it in.

I don’t have water to fight the fire but I will know how to fight now I hope.


fire aftermathFire under control here. It jumped the road and got on another guys land then came onto mine. It is still burning but not spreading more on my land. It is really hard to tell… it damaged a couple acres at most of mine. It is about 1/2 kilometer from cabana.

Two guys helped too. They have done this before and I had tools for us all. They are home now and will return in a few hours.

Burned fence posts. One of my trails stopped the fire. Trails are good.

Can’t really fight the main fire… too hot to get close… just got to keep it from jumping to new place. Put out small fires. The main fire is still going about a mile away. It looks big still but I can’t see that it has spread. Hard to tell.

There is thunder. If I am very lucky there will be rain.

It is a very good thing this didn’t happen last month when things where drier. This place would have all fried.
I am glad I understand better now how fires here work. Some of the things I am doing increase the likelihood of fire and some things are reducing risk. They are not really that dangerous except that they could burn my cabanas.

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