Monthly Archives: March 2013

Thank you all so very much



All of us at Sacred Roots would like to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to Kirby Fry and everyone who volunteered at this weekends permablitz. So much was achieved in such a small time frame. Anyone and everyone out here this weekend has an open invitation to our front porch whenever the mood should strike.

The fence is almost totally finished and the deer have repellent to keep them away in the meantime. Hopefully with proper watering and care we will have a vibrant, sustainable food forest for generations to come.

Please stop by and check out the fruit of all out labors as the summer progresses.


Permablitz is Tomorrow!



Its crazy to think that this patch of forest that we’ve been working on all winter is about to be transformed into a sustainable landscape of food. A food forest in our backyard. In the middle of good ol San Marcos.

We want to put in two, 80-ft berms and swales. Followed up with a planting to fill it out and dripline irrigation to see it through its first Texas Summer.

Everyone in the house is very excited and we are all buzzing about the property prepping in anticipation of all those coming to help and to learn. The plants are all lined up and waiting, but don’t forget to bring a shovel if you have one. And a good pair of gloves are always helpful.

There will be lunch provided, most of it grown here at Sacred Roots (vegetarian and meat options will be available).

Visit our Facebook event page for details, directions, and carpool information.

Companion Planting & The Patterns of Nature






We harvested one of the largest beets to date from the keyhole garden today. Believe it or not it’s actually the second biggest!
We also made a few more starts including gypsy peppers, Jamaican peppers, red bell peppers, pepedew peppers, habanero peppers, bee balm, and dill. The peppers and bee balm we are planning to companion plant with tomatoes, basil, carrots and nasturtium. The dill we will plant with some already existing kale to confuse those pesky aphids!
Along with the starts we direct seeded borage, bunching onions, and radishes. These were planted in a spiral pattern to mock natures existing patterns. Watermelons will be accompanying all of these plants for a nice pest confusing medley. Don’t forget, plants need friends too!

Drinking the Rain



After the fresh rain we had the other night catchment attached to the chicken coop is about half full. Its made out of a simple bent piece of metal we found in the forest and hung up with a few bent nails at the corner. The roof is not very large and I was amazed when I went to fill their water this morning. Its nice not to walk back to the house to full up the water anymore. And its one less water resource needed on our farmstead.