Making soil blocks

Planting some faith & hope

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” Chinese proverb

As usual it’s been a BUSY work week here at the urban homestead – planted a bunch of soil blocks and a couple hundred bare root strawberries, watered,  picked, packed, etc. With the recent deadly disasters in New Zealand and now Japan ( with the possibility of radiation heading our way?),   my sister is making me drink kelp, just in case.  After reading and watching all the horrific devastation and wondering “what’s next?”  thinking about what I did or am going to do doesn’t seem to really matter; but, somehow, this is the ONLY thing that makes sense.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones.   God be with you all; may he bring comfort in this terrible time.

Take care, everyone, and happy (almost) spring!


  1. Melissa says:

    I planted our seeds on Sunday and saw our first sprouts today. So excited. This is the first year starting my own. Love your website and videos.

  2. Veronica V. says:

    Justin, those look great!

    I can’t wait to start my seeds next week or so. Last frost here is mid may 🙁 Oh well, more time to plan!

  3. R L Johnson says:

    love seeing all the things you are planting –ummm, i dont suppose you loan yourself out — my backyard “neeeeeeeeeds you” lol! its a sand pit in the desert and is very forlorn….

    seriously tho – i love seeing all that you are able to accomplish – it quite inspiring.

  4. wILL says:

    I really like what you are doing=I am in the being stages=worked two or three jobs all my life(providing for a very large family because that is where I think real purpose of life is) I taught Physics and had a lawn care business on the side for additional income but since I grew up on a farm(milked cows by hand) I was always longing to go back to the land. I was taught Land is life. I have the land now and the spot in the mountains(our own great water supply) Several of the tracks have houses ,we rent ( only temporarily) too pay off the loan which is about accomplished. I have many acres of woods. We have planted fruit trees, grapes ,etc My brother’s daughter has a strawberry farm so we don’t have to plant those( also net-working with some farmers in the area with some of my children who get a great deal of produce from them. ) My son Joel is taking taking a cross country trip and he will be coming to California. I would very much like him to visit and see what you are doing. He just finished with working for three years as our Legislative aide for our area Rep to the state .(Virginia). He needs a break from politics and what a different direction. While he has the chance he is taking a trip ( visit some friends and relatives around the country) He has a blog( Joel Hensley cross country trip) about his trip starting next week if you want to keep track of his adventure. I just feel like you are a man after my own heart. You are also free from a lot of stress=the kind that ages us, plus having your family around helping(like I did with my lawn-care) is good. You should live to see your great-grand children and I hope too also. Take Care ,, Will

  5. Heather says:

    Hello from Wisconsin!

    A few years ago, I thought it not a bad idea to plant 75 strawberry plants in a 15 X 3 foot patch (25 to each 3 X 5 foot area). Last year they were manageable, but I’m afraid of what will happen this year. I’m not an experienced gardener; I have about 4 years and some books that I’m working off of. Is it possible to transplant / transfer these to a bigger area of the garden?

  6. Lori in PA says:

    You expressed my feelings exactly: “After reading and watching all the horrific devastation and wondering “what’s next?” thinking about what I did or am going to do doesn’t seem to really matter; but, somehow, this is the ONLY thing that makes sense.”

    We were inexplicably without all electronic communications here for 5 days (Friday the 11th through middle of this week), and were so sad to learn what has been happening when the internet came back up.

    Truly what happens to one happens to all, as the whole of creation seems to cry out in pain right now.

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