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Exciting and scary to see all that water!
 
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Evan,  these photos rule!  Can't believe the epic amount of water!!!   I'm super stoked my little fence is still standing, that's awesome haha lakefront property' . seems like that should help seal that spot a bit !  hows the other pond area shaping up?  do we know if Seans bench is still holding up also ?> would love to see hows shes aging ...  i lost all photos of it, along with other media ...   I swear i'm still working on sending out a care package. I'm just in the middle of converting from one craft to another, and have been volunteering and donating a lot of my time to getting some community gardens put together out here, so i have been super broke , but soon !!!  anyways hope all is well and you guys are all staying dry . Please tell everyone is said "YOOOO what up " and cheers! 
 
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every single one of ya's are dynamic badassaderos y deras ... just wow. wouldjyalookathat? JUst look at it!

Thanks for logging. It was a true treat. Inspiring in ways i can't yet comprehend. Go go go! I'll do the same. Together we are but fruit bats in jam.
Small psa:: Water is life!!!
 
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It's official, the Rhubarb Micro Village Challenge is now accepting applicants: Rhubarb Micro Village Challenge

Also, Springtime! Yay!
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ground squirrel living in a hugel
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tree squirrel atop a wood pile
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some recently planted seeds
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more recently planted seeds
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a little seed mandala
 
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So, did the ponds empty down completely, or is there still standing water?
 
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Hey, Evan!  Looks like all that hard work you and Kai put into your earthworks design is paying off. Very cool! I'll have to tell Josh to make sure he checks out these amazing pics.   So how are your plantings doing?  Anything emerging from its winter rest?  Sure is great to be back in the growing season, eh!
 
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As expected, most of the water soaked into the too-steep sides of the pond pretty quickly, but for a little while the solar pump was moving water up into a higher pond that, at least at the time of this writing, still has some water in it.

The Gulf of Téjas, maybe the highest pond on Ava, collects road runoff and is still quite full. I think the ducks have done a nice job sealing it.

Overall, I'd say the earthworks are holding water at least as well as I could have hoped.
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solar pumping out of Dancing Lake
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trickle into the Ocean at the End of the Lane
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Gulf of Téjas full of water and some ducks
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Dancing Lake much lower
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Anarcadeah crater wet and clovery
 
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Back in February I went on a trip down south to visit family and friends and to escape some of the winter cold.

It was pretty much already spring there and so Ben and I threw together a spirally rock-lined raised/lowered hugel-ish garden bed on our friends' land in south Austin. A whole bunch of seeds were then mixed up and thrown onto this new bed, and a few transplants stuck in for good measure. We pillaged the local curbs for a few dozen of those big bags of leaves that people mysteriously abandon, and some of this we used as mulch while some became part of a big compost heap for accelerated soil-building. And we even built a quick rockjack to reinforce a fence post and wove a little bit of woody trimming leftovers into the fence.

More recently, my friend Sally announced that the garden is growing stuff and they even ate some green beans grown out of it! Hooray!

Rumour has it Sally and friends will be visiting Ava and ant village in August for the Rhubarb Micro Village Challenge!
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Wit's End
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steamy compost
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spiral garden bed
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green beans!
 
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Very cool spirally garden bed design!  I know what you mean about the bags of leaves. I, too, find it strange that people throw out their leaves and trimmings and then they go out and buy mulch and growing amendments. Hmmm ...(?)  I ask my neighbors for all their leaves and stuff, chop 'em up with my lawn mower, and then pile it thick on all my garden beds for the winter.  Now they're all full of big, fat, juicy, soil aerating, earth worms.  Time to plant!
 
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Some sights from Austin...
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abandoned lot in austin
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street art austin
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mushy mural wits end
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very raised bed
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anarcat cares
 
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More weird stuff in austin...
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impish guardian at wits end
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south austin weirdness
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weird balconies
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a duck visiting an uncrowded barton springs pool
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ivy or something climbing a spiral bike ramp
 
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Visiting the ATX Hackerspace was pretty rad. Saw what was apparently some bio-remediating fungi and plastic-eating bacteria, night vision eye drops, several 3-d printers and 3d-printed objects, a panel discussion on farming Mars, and many other interesting things.

The world needs more hackerspaces.
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astro-agro-ecology student with wheat grown in simulated regolith
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bacteria that eats plastic, good for landfills, bad for wofatis
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mycoremediation inoculant at ecology action landfill cleanup site
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golden apple
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of chaos
 
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Today's my mom's birthday! Love you, mom! Happy birthday!

Here's some pictures from when I visited my mom in south texas back in february:
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Sweet potato
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some kind of nice lizard?
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subtropical flowers?
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valley lemon tree
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paradisical
 
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I'm almost sure that lizard is an anole. One of their common names is American chameleon. They change colors from dark brown all the way to a vivid green. The males also have a colorful orange flap of skin on their throat. We had the great fortune one year to have two males with territory close enough to see each other. They would perch on handy plants within sight of each other and flash that orange at each other. I don't know whether it was a territory display or just coincidence as they both showed off for the ladies at the same time.
 
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Yeah, that's an anole - I did my 7th grade science fair project on them.  There was no sciencing involved, more like I made a very nice zoo exhibit explaining how they changed colors.  Good enough for third place...

The subtropical flower looks like a Bougainvillea (boo-gun-vee-ya).

What's the population on the lab right now?  Seems like it could be high, with the PDC commencing...
 
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Gary Huntress wrote:Very cool spirally garden bed design!  I know what you mean about the bags of leaves. I, too, find it strange that people throw out their leaves and trimmings and then they go out and buy mulch and growing amendments. Hmmm ...(?)  I ask my neighbors for all their leaves and stuff, chop 'em up with my lawn mower, and then pile it thick on all my garden beds for the winter.  Now they're all full of big, fat, juicy, soil aerating, earthworms.  Time to plant!


OMG, I think I've discovered my people! I too have earned the name "onion lady" from the local neighborhood people that knowingly gave me permission to take their Home Depot bags off their hands. some have had to be sorted through but I'm sitting pretty with 15 bags of new tree mulch (down to 11 because I used them around all my newly planted fruit trees.

I just brought in a zucchini to the house last night and seriously wanted to walk over to each neighbor and say "see this?!?! this is because of your grass, leaves and tree branches. All I did was mix in some ubber crappy soil that was already there and now I have a prized crop that even makes Ron Jeremy (famous porn star for those of you with innocent minds) feel inadequate.

Zucchini video i took of my big whopper!
 
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The cob oven Kai et al. built looks pretty groovy. When shall the rest of the world get to see it?
 
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Evan, from your February taken pictures recently posted... the pinkish purpleish is called a bouganvilla. It's kind of a trailly-bushy-can-kind-of-climb thing, and in warmer climate with lots of water and sun, goes crazy and blooms like no tomorrow. I have a small one here the same color as that one you photographed. I have to bring mine in as I'm 6b, in 9b I've seen them survive year around. SE Texas would be about that grow zone. Oh, most of them have thorns. Surprise....
 
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Your plants must be producing by now! Let's see 'em brother!
 
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Kai and I are selling our improvements.Visit the auction thread and make a bid.

Thread: https://permies.com/t/70500/Ant-Village-Auction#590083
 
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Hi everybody. Sorry for the long silence.

I started a new blog: evanarchitective.wordpress.com

If you enjoyed this ant village log, you're invited to join me on the next leg of my journey. I'm looking forward to sharing, discussing, and continuing to explore permaculture with you!
 
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Very cool, Evan!  You'll have to add a comments page soon so everyone can post their expulsions of flabbergastedness!
 
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Gary Huntress wrote:Very cool, Evan!  You'll have to add a comments page soon so everyone can post their expulsions of flabbergastedness!


Thanks Gary! I think comments should be working...
I'll double check though.
 
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Comments look like they're enabled, just at a harder-to-find location...
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Thanks Nicole! Oh, is that what it looks like on a desktop? I'm just barely starting to try to customize my wordpress theme so once I figure out how I hope I can tweak the site to be more accessible.

Here's my latest post: Cavern Aquaculture, Capillary Action, and Dendro-Rhizo-Sculpture
 
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