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About lovecreekfarm

2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.

Horse Enrichment!

Always fun to make something new for the horses. This time I had free fir wood 7″ thick and 2.5″ wide, and I decided to make them enrichment boxes. I had been planning it for a month after seeing examples … Continue reading

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Redwood Scrap Wood for Retaining Wall

I asked our miller friend Rick if I could come pick up redwood scraps to finish the front section of a redwood bark retaining wall. They have piles of scrap redwood up at the mill site in Boulder Creek. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Front of the Horse Barn with Redwood Barn Slabs

The front of the horse barn is finally done! The entrance is covered with redwood bark slabs. With the framing and recycled windows: After with the redwood bark attached for a finished “log cabin” look:

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8 chicks – 3 days old

We are blessed to welcome 8 chicks to the farm, hatched by 6 broody hens. We still have one broody hen sitting on eggs. The chicks are doing well, and it’s a first for us to have hen mammas sharing … Continue reading

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Horses on the Hillside

Today, we installed 50 fence boards for an interior fence. It was great opening up the hillside to the horses again. We just need this interior fence to keep them from roaming through the garden and into the front of … Continue reading

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Horses in the Redwood Grove

It’s been about a year since the horses were able to play in the redwood grove. Finally let them out to enjoy the fresh redwood sprouts and beautiful, shady space. There are 32 redwoods in a ring in our “Cathedral … Continue reading

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Upper Tier Retaining Wall

This area has been a work in progress. First oak trees were removed and then we had fire clearing with goats. Next was tractor work to put in a trail and smooth the area. The “fun” part is designing the … Continue reading

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New Horse Fence

We finished adding all the fence posts (4×4 redwood) around the upper perimeter on the hillside. We want the horses to stay up on the hill and not venture through the garden and to the front of the house to … Continue reading

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Colorful Irises

Our Iris selection keeps growing as we accumulate new colors and find more places in and around the garden to add them. Next winter, we’ll add more bulbs, such as daffodils, which seem to do well with the gophers.

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Spring Time in the Perennial Garden

Gorgeous and colorful blooms this time of year!

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