Rachel Rudd

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I am a big fan of podcasts, and I think a lot of other people are as well. I enjoy Paul's podcast along with a bunch of other permaculture podcasts, but there really is something for everyone. Maybe it would build some more interest if Paul was a guest on someone else's podcast that isn't necessarily in the permaculture circle. I could see the wofati greenhouse kickstarter being of interest to general gardening, education and business podcast listeners.
3 months ago
We have an open space in our backyard, that has been set aside specifically for dog use. I would like this area to be more Meadow like, but I don't want to till the whole thing up and reseed. My idea was to introduce a meadow perennial plant seed mix this fall so the seed could overwinter and germinate in Spring. Has anyone tried this? Did it work?
3 months ago
When I was a kid, those plastic Easter eggs were the most popular ones with my cousins and I. Our parents filled them with change, and one egg always had a dollar.
6 months ago
Thanks for all the awesome ideas! Designing for neighborhood kids to have the experience of a garden is an awesome idea! It's funny that I didn't think of it myself considering I teach elementary students how to read. Just goes to show that collaboration makes for a way better design!  I also really like the idea of the gradual decline of the lawn so as to eliminate the shock factor. Our neighbors have a sidewalk, but it ends at the end of their yard. The sidewalk to Nowhere has always bothered me when I see it, so maybe we will continue the sidewalk with planter beds bordering it as the start of the lawn decline. I think I'm going to make a timeline diagram of my front-yard to plan it out (I love making diagrams).
9 months ago
Hi to all the Permies out there! I was wondering if you all could help me out with some examples of food forests that more closely resemble conventional landscaping. Last Summer, my husband and I bought a house in a small, very close-knit town. All of the landscaping that I've seen around people's houses has been very classic suburban (lawn from the roads to the foundations, with some decorative trees or gardens). Our little slice of land is going to be totally different, but I also want it to be in it example of what a permaculture system can be while also not being totally different from the rest of the town. If anyone has some great examples of this, would you post some pics so I can shamelessly borrow ideas from you? Thank you!
10 months ago
After seeing this post, I wrote a quick blog entry about how I create a scaled base map. Creating a Scaled Basemap  I like to use both paper/pencil/engineer scale and CAD for different stages of design. By scaling the map I can print, draw by hand, scan back in, and rescale as much as needed.  You can also scale and overlay multiple screenshots such as boundary, soils, wetlands, ect and trace them in the cad program.  
1 year ago
Sorry Dado, I should have said that I was talking about the original poster, Margaret's picture. I agree with you that sheet mulching a new planting would be great. If you've ever seen the tree volcanoes of mulch, where the tree trunk's bark rots, that's what I worry about with sheet mulching an older planting. Even if you don't put the cardboard right up to the tree trunk, the rain could carry your mulch material up against it. I do really like your design though, it looks great!
1 year ago
Wow! Your place is moss heaven. Okay, so I don't think I would sheet mulch under the drip line of the trees. I think it would give you too much of a chance of covering the flare of the trunk of the tree. This is very harmful to the tree and can kill it. Why not design your own Guild of beneficial plants that can help those fruit trees into their senior years. There were a bunch of great ideas for plants in this thread. Then you can do your sheet mulching in the areas where there are no trees. The added benefits this is sheet mulching is really tiring. The more you can save your back the better!
1 year ago
Oh well, I'll have to come next year. My job doesn't end until June 5th. Thank you for looking into work trade though.
1 year ago
I was wondering if it would be a possibility to do a work trade for the ATC? I would love to attend, but just don't have the cash this year. Skills that I could trade are drafting, any kind of design you would do with the Adobe suite, or gardening. Also, a skill in my arsenal is design of campgrounds and RV parks. If you might be interested in this, I can send you samples of my work. This sounds like such a cool class, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask about work trade.Thanks!
1 year ago