This was at least 15 years ago

OMG! Look at the picture I just discovered in an old file!
This was at least 15 years ago. Here we are at the entrance to the herb/veggie garden. Gosh we look so young! LOL. This was into the cold spring. The wisteria is still pretty young too and thats our old arbor that we made from logs, Now it’s made of 4×4’s and has cement pier blocks. You’ll see headboards behind us.
Way back on the other side of our mountain are these old dilapidated cabins from the early settlers and their descendants.
We decided to save some of the relics and give them purpose again. Behind us and in the garden are old rustic metal headboards that we’ve repurposed into gates and trellises. They work great and give a new meaning to Bed of lettuce, etc. LOL.
Living our dream to become one with the earth and honoring parts of the immense history thats through-out these hills. 🙂 we still are this happy 🙂.


Karen Hersh
Karen Hersh Love this….u ol hippie

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Darcy Stoddard
Darcy Stoddard LOLit ended up that way :)….busy hippie 🙂

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Darcy Stoddard
Darcy Stoddard before grey LOL

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Karen Hersh
Karen Hersh U 2 were just kids!!! I was/am a hippie 2…….

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Karen Hersh
Karen Hersh I know what u mean…..I kinda like my/the grey,we earned it!!! Ya know?

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Darcy Stoddard
Darcy Stoddard Bill says this is more like 20 yrs. ago! We’ve been here since 1990, so he could be right 🙂 he’s still got a brown beard LOL

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Karen Hersh
Karen Hersh Men!!! 🙂
Ernest Guindon — true hippies! all the way through.

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Carol Anne Kelly
Carol Anne Kelly I love this!

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Darcy Stoddard
Darcy Stoddard Oh yea, back then we would go to the to the local lumberyard and get the discarded wraps they’d cover their stacks of wood with during transit and use them to cover our rows as weed barriers. Then we’d cut out holes to plant our seedlings from our green house. This covering would also keep the beds warm during those cold Spring nights. Now that our perennials are full grown, they cover their own root areas they don’t need the extra help. It was a challenge to work with this soil and get it ‘growable’. A few years before we moved here, P.G.& E. had decided to divert a water flume to an underground tunnel down the side of the mountain and into a powerhouse below. Doing so they took a deep cut into the forest, down the side of the property, dug up all the top soil and buried their pipe. but this left a 30′ strip of waste rock and clay. To save from land slides, they planted it with Rye grass. For us the only thing good about this scar was we had an open canopy for the sun. We hauled truck loads of manure from the Dairies in the valley, leaves, and sawdust from the construction sites, and ash to bring the soil back then planted alfalfa and clover which we would turned these plants into the dirt as this creates a green manure and also aerates organically. It was our mission to make sure we did the whole area organically in this beautiful forest. Since we live on the side on a mountain, we had to build up retaining walls and tiers to hold the soil and build a good 5′ foot base for the root systems for our fruit trees. Extending this process down the hill for a great 1000 sq. foot herb/ vegetable area. It was a lot of work but so worth in. We did it all by hand and a hand pushed tiller. No wonder we are proud 🙂

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