Building a raised garden bed with wood sides from a pine tree

3 Part Video Series on Building a Raised Garden Bed Now that our house is mostly finished and we are living on the homestead, It’s time to put in a garden. We would love to go big but the truth is, I haven’t managed a garden in almost 20 years. We decided to start with […]

Learn about growing avocado in Texas

Growing Avocado in Texas Without the avocado, would there be Tex-Mex? It’s hard to say. I for one find it hard to imagine eating such food without the rich, creamy addition that avocado brings to the table. With that said, it’s rare to find an avocado tree in Texas. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve […]

Raised Comfrey Bed Part 2 Hero Image

In part two of the Raised Comfrey Bed series, we finish up the bed construction. The primary focus of this episode was to sheet mulch over the soil. Click this link if you missed Raised Comfrey Bed | Part 1. So what is sheet mulching? Here’s a good definition from Wikipedia. In permaculture, sheet mulching is an […]

Building a raised comfrey bed

This weekend we started preparing a Raised Comfrey Bed to plant this spring. This bed has a couple purposes. 1: The comfrey leaves will be sold to midwives in East Texas to be used in their practice. 2: The comfrey roots will be harvested and sold as cuttings for propagation. If you’re not familiar with […]

Experimental Mini Hand Dug Swale

September 18, 2014


Early this year I started building an experimental mini hand dug swale. Any East Texas gardener will tell you that you can’t make it through the summer without irrigation so I set out to put that statement to the test.

Here’s a video series on my experimental mini hand dug swale.

The video above shows the comfrey plants and root cuttings coming up after being in the ground for about two weeks. If you’re thinking to yourself, what is comfrey, click this link and learn all about comfrey and it’s amazing benefits.