Moving, Permaculture & Mystery Footprints!

Moving, Permaculture & Mystery Footprints!


The move is on … This week our new home was moved to The Cedars. Our dear friend "Agent Bill" is graciously lending us his mobile home to live in during this year of construction!!! We are so happy to be moving to our land!



(Photo credit to Cody Duty,


No, this is not the green carpet being rolled out for our arrival (!) …



… Our old entrance road is continuing it’s transformation back to natural land. Here, workers are laying out a green mesh on the now unused road, to support future growth of grass and wildflowers.


Life continues to gift The Cedars with brilliant synchronicities, with a recent new friendship turning out to also be a valued connection to the permaculture community! (This wiki definition of permaculture is helpful: “Permaculture is a system of agricultural design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems”). On Thursday, Kirby Fry, permaculture expert with Southern Exposure Austin, visited our land, with fellow permaculture practitioner Paige Dunlap. We enjoyed walking the land together and getting some insights on the species on our 20 acres. As Kirby describes, we have a “nice mosaic of grass and woods.” We like that!



Kirby and Paige marked out some contour lines on our land.  These are potential future sites for an intricate system of swales and berms, planted with native ‘pioneer’ species. This system optimizes water retention on the land (crucial to the Texan landscape, which is undergoing significant desertification, especially further west), as well as replenishes soil richness and enhances biodiversity.





Now for the update you have all been waiting for! As you will remember from last week’s blog, we had a mystery peach-eater! Yes, over the past few weeks, little "presents" have been left in our fenced garden. Bites have been taken out of our peaches while leaving them high up in the tree. Well the drama and intrigue continues here at The Cedars Ranch … After Bill put together his potting table we found clear footprint evidence the next morning! To be continued …

As always, we’ve been enjoying our garden time.


No Texas garden is complete without some peppers! This little guy is coming along! Our edamame is coming along too!

Have a nice week,

Bill & Marilyn.

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