Krater

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Seed Collection on the Farm

Our plans for future orchard expansion now include pre-planting of Kraters far in advance of tree arrival. For this we need seeds, lots of seeds. Luckily I’ve been purchasing and tossing out seeds for ages. Collecting specimens for the new Kraters is a breeze. All you need is a bucket, some willing hands and guard

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Plum out of luck?

The plum trees are blooming. For Wyoming, it’s early. Too early. The 5 acre orchard in front of the house is a learning experience for us. Everything we do here is ground breaking in our area. The plum tree currently in bloom is planted in one of our swale berms. Another plum tree close to

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Mini-Kraters and Swales handling winter melt

The temperatures are rising and our snow drifts are slowly melting. Snow harvesting was a wild success this year. If you’ve followed any previous posts than you know that the snow is a problem for our driveway but the melt is the real nightmare. Our driveway and road turn into a mud pit. So last

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Yes, another picture post of our snow harvesting. The snow was deep. About 8 inches. The kids really loved it. Mostly I was totally impressed with my snow collection though. That’s a 3 foot deep krater filled to the top. And the swales are even with the berms. So about 3 feet of snow collection

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2016 Winter planning and a year in review

Winter is a slow outdoor season for obvious reasons. I’ve had to do some pest proofing of various trees and bushes but for the most part we just wait for snow and then marvel at the resulting white. December I begin spring planning. Last years planning involved a lot of tree purchasing and mapping out

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A different kind of snow harvest

Most moisture that arrives to us arrives in the form of snow. It also arrives at about 60 m.p.h. Blowing snow is what I set out to catch and theĀ  swales/berms and kraters have proven they are capable of catching it. The best part of that is that they then keep the snow melt in