My Garden Grows – Post #1,001

Cottage Planters – Spring 2010

By the way, yesterday’s aerial map article is post #1,000 on my Sugar Mountain Farm blog. A bit of a milestone. Comments are at 7,096. I have 425 posts that are drafts. They’re written and pending, needing a little polish and waiting for me to release them into the wild. I’m article retentive…

Our gardens are a bit behind some people’s but then we just had an almost freezing night so that puts a bit of a delay on things. For one of our new gardens this year I spread a compost pile and the plants there are loving it. The cottage sits on the ledge of the mountain so planting there is a trick. Last year I put in some planters which did very well. This year Ben added a mix of soil and compost between the planters. Sunflowers, onions and potatoes are planted in that between space in addition to the peas, lettuce, radishes, broccoli, garlic and other things in the planters themselves. It’s starting to look green. By late July the sunflowers should shade the cottage windows well.

By the way, the soaker hose is not to actually water the garden. I put it out and get it all hooked up and this appears to cause the sky to cloud over and it to rain. Works like a charm. If it doesn’t rain, keep adding more soaker hose because obviously you don’t have enough out yet. :)

Outdoors: 70°F/44°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/67°F

Daily Spark: Evil is within the Devil.

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2 Responses to My Garden Grows – Post #1,001

  1. Walter, if it is not too personal of a question…how did you and Holly acquire your land originally ? My husband and I are eyeing 50 acres nearby for the continued growth of our hog business. We’d love to hear your story of land owning.

    • Basically we worked hard, bought long enough ago that land prices were not so high and almost every penny we have earned has gone to the land. Once we owned it we then began doing sustainable logging, selectively cutting the mature trees that were ready for harvest, pulling out the pulp wood to improve the stands of trees, etc. This helped pay the mortgage most years. We still have some mortgage left to pay but the end is in sight. There have been setbacks like the ice storm of 1998 which probably cost us over a million dollars in lost trees when 150 acres of prime hardwood maple was crush to the ground. One keeps moving forward.

      In the 1980’s and 1990’s I invented a number of technologies and products. You may well use them. We manufactured and sold some of them through my company BlackLightning. I also published a successful desktop publishing magazine (DTP) for 10 years during the 1990’s, getting out just be crash of publications. Now I would do that on the web but at the time that publications were going down the web was not yet ready for magazines nor visa-versa. I saw the end coming and got out before we got hurt.

      One does not need as much land as we have for farming. We have so much primarily because I am a strong proponent of conservation and environmentalism. However, I do not trust the Sierra Club, Green Peace or their ilk to do the right thing. Rather I put my money where my values are and bought a lot of land that I protect. I hope that we will be able to keep it in farming and forestry. Our kids are interested in doing this too.

      The greatest threat is the tax department. They are making a concerted effort to transfer wealth from rural land owners to urban home owners through subsidizing the urbanites by taxing land. This is done by taxing land at its “Highest Use Value” which is a false concept they use to maximize the dollars they can extract from land owners when it is really home owners that are putting the financial burden on towns primarily in the form of schools. They completely ignore the fact that the whole basis of taxation is falsely premised. It used to be that land was the only real measure of wealth. Now people have IRAs, 401Ks, Stocks, Bonds, etc. If land is to be taxed annually on its value then those should be taxed too. This is an example of the majority voting free money for itself.

      The reality is land should not pay taxes for schools and only minimally for anything else. Land does not put a burden on the towns, counties, states or country. Rather our fields and forests soak up carbon, wash the air clean of pollutants, remove the acid from the rain, cut noise pollution, provide habitat and offer scenic views for tourists which the state and businesses make money off of through tourism. The way the government is going they will destroy land ownership and we’ll see border to border development.

      They’re making a grave mistake in destroying what makes Vermont special. Same goes for other states. Hopefully our government will wake up and fix this. I’ve written my law makers and newspapers. Please write yours.

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