Our Mission:

Our Mission: To enable individuals and communities to take an active part in the cultivation of systems that provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, herbs and other yields, in a way that benefits themselves, cares for the land and environment, and provides a surplus to use, share and reinvest into the system.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Snow Removal '20-21

Are you ready for the coming snow storm? ❄️🌨️❄️ 

 

Abundant Design has room for a couple more driveways.  Seasonal packages also available.


Let us know if you'd like us to give you a quote!  📞 ✉  ✅


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Holiday Savings #ShopSmall

 

Happy Small Business Saturday! 

Overstock tree deals through the end of the month-

Extended Through December 5th


Dwarf Firestorm™  Honeycrisp Apple trees $25


BOGO Special!

Buy a #3 Shiro plum $35 get a #3 Santa Rosa plum FREE!



Contactless Pickup or ask for delivery & planting prices




Don't forget, on #GivingTuesday you can help out some of our friends :)


Lutheran Services of Iowa - Global Greens Farm

https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/donateLSI?code=globalgreens


Nine Square Feet

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

New Rain Garden Care Guide

Thank you for reading our care and maintenance tips for your new, current or future rain garden.  A big Thank You if you chose Abundant Design to design and/or install your rain garden!

Rain Garden Care-

After the First Few Rains

-If the rain garden basin fails to drain within a day or two following rains, contact us or your contractor immediately.  There are some tricks to help with infiltration or downspouts may need diverted until plants establish.  A last resort would be to remove a portion of the berm so it does not retain excess water, until plants establish, then rebuild the berm or spillway later.

-If it leaks/overflows anywhere besides the armored spillway, contact us or your contractor immediately.  The low spots need to be fixed to prevent erosion damage.

-Check the plants and mulch to make sure the mulch isn't covering any new plants or clogging your stand pipe/overflow if you have one.  Adjust the mulch as needed.

The First Season(s)

-Water the rain garden every couple days the first week or two, every three to four days for the next few weeks, then as needed if we go without rain or they look droopy.  This is important as the young plants have not yet developed the deep root systems they need to thrive.  After the first season it should only need watering during extended dry spells.

-If you had your downspouts piped to the rain garden, water the trenching scar to help turf recover.

-Controlling the weeds the first year or two will help the plants thrive and fill in.  We recommenced pulling weeds instead of chemical control. Just be careful not to disturb the roots of young desirable plants.  The edges can be invaded by turf grass or creeping lawn weeds.  A good edging material will prevent and slow this invasion.  


Ongoing Care

-If plants die, replace as needed for aesthetics as well as function

-As the rain garden matures, watch for settling or erosion of the berm(s)

-Your plants should dominate the space.  Weeds that appear should be spindly and easy to pull.  'Weed trees' like mulberry, maple and elm, will be the biggest threat once established.  Pull as needed.



Enjoy your new runoff filtering, flood mitigating, pollinator feeding water feature!




Thursday, September 24, 2020

"Return to Eden" - A New Documentary by Marijn Poels

Marijn Poels is an award-winning, independent Dutch filmmaker who has a passion for looking for the truth, however unpopular, to educate and inspire the world. 

photo courtesy of  Marijn Poels Films

His films have stirred controversy for questioning energy policy, understanding toxic public debate and investigating climate change narratives.  His previous films include The Uncertainty Has Settled and PARADOGMA, as well as several TV documentaries.

I was recently invited by Marijn to pre-screen his new feature length documentary 

"Return to Eden" 

where he brings you along his journey and asks the questions, 

To what extent are humans a part of nature?

How will we address a changing climate, the natural world and our food supply?  

What parts do technology and biology play?

With Maged El Said - photo courtesy of  Marijn Poels Films

Of course "Regenerativeagriculture, permaculture and holistic livestock management are playing a huge part in this film" so I was excited.  The cinematography is amazing, locations are diverse and the interviews compelling and thought provoking.

With Alan Savory - photo courtesy of  Marijn Poels Films

I think that's where this film really shines. Poels inspires his viewers to think instead of just arguing stale talking points.

Watch the film embedded here, or at his website

https://www.marijnpoels.com/

where you can also sign up for his email list or donate to his work.


Thank you Marijn for this opportunity and your great film!


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Everything You Need To Know About Robotic Auto Mowers | Abundant Design | Lawnmowers Direct

Love a manicured lawn but struggle to find the time to put in the maintenance? Robotic auto mowers could be for you! Read on to find out all about them.

Ever since seeing one at a permaculture homestead installation, I’ve been intrigued by automowers.  

There’s nothing better than a perfectly manicured lawn. But keeping your grass areas in ship-shape takes effort. If you’re strapped for time, the robotic auto mower could be your saving grace.

But what is an auto mower and how does it work? In this blog post, we’ve teamed up with Lawnmowers Direct to bring you everything you need to know. Read on to learn more!


What is a robotic mower?

Robotic mowers, often referred to as auto and robo mowers, are a small and compact lawn mower which can be left to mow your lawn, without requiring you to lift a finger.

These little mowers have been designed to patrol your lawn and keep it trimmed to the perfect length. Unlike traditional petrol mowers, this quiet and clean machine is powered by an environmentally friendly lithium ion battery, making it a great option if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint.

How do robotic mowers work?

Since the first robo mower came to the market more than two decades ago, there’s been a lot of developments to ensure they meet users’ needs. Now, these autonomous machines are so intelligent that they can even return to their docking bay to recharge when the battery starts to get low.

These mowers are smart. All you need to do it the initial set up then they can be left to continually trim your grass to keep it at the optimal length. Using a simple mapping system, laser or radar sensors, auto mowers can stay within a set boundary by the operator to navigate their way around your lawn safely without ever going off path.


Who are robotic mowers designed for?

The capabilities of the robo mower are impressive, but they aren’t miracle workers either. Although they are constantly under development, with some robotic mowers able to cut grass for 24 hours on one charge, they are designed primarily for domestic use.  The acreage we designed used two to cover the mowing.

Whether the robotic mower is for you depends on a number of factors, with the main ones being how much time you have available to spend working in your garden and how much you dislike the chore of cutting your grass!

If you want to spend more time planting and deadheading and less time keeping your grass under control, then the robotic mower could be the solution for you!