April 18th weekend turned out to be quite the weekend. Warren and I stayed the weekend on the land arriving Saturday morning to a 3inch blanket of snow that quickly melted into the land. Santa Fe's local ecological, wetlands, and erosion expert Steve Vrooman has provided us with excellent advice and we are putting it into action. We raked vulnurable areas, spread native dryland seed mix ($110 for a 20lb. bag) purchased from Plants of the Southwest (about a handful for every 15 sq. ft.) Raked the soil and seeds again before adding a layer of Gamma Straw (also from Plants of the Southwest $12 per bail). We were going to rent a gas powered 6" chipper shredder ($180) and grind up some of the brush we have on the land but Warren figured out that we could buy a lot of ready mulch for that price. So we did: 35 bags from Lowes for $4.60 a bag. Spread that over the Straw to keep it in place and noticed it was all wet from dew early the next morning. We had a good group of volunteers show up despite the snow. We put railroad ties into the parking area to establish 7 spots. We also began lining the garden sculpture trails with river rock.