Community Garden Underway

We are off to a great start on the 2011 community garden and orchard reclamation.  Garden is looking good.  Last weekend we planted 46 tomato plants and a whole bunch of other stuff.  It is fun to get the neighbors together for a project like this—good chance to get to know everyone better in a good environment.  In addition to the veggies in the garden, we have also started the rehabilitation of the community orchard.

Plowing the garden at Weiss Lake

Plowing the garden at Weiss Lake

The orchard got its start many years ago, when the then-owners tapped the rich lowland soil and adjacent spring-fed creek.  The combination of rich soils and steady supply of water help make the garden and orchard a success.  The surviving pecan, pear and apple trees from that orchard have been rehabilitated and supplemented with 28 compatible varieties of apple, peach, plum, pear, and fig trees. We also added blueberry bushes and grape and muscadine vines have been planted and arbors constructed.

Planning the garden at The Bluffs

Planning the garden at The Bluffs

Here we are in the beginning stages of cultivating the gardens.  Plenty more pictures wii be coming as the season progresses.  As a homeowner you are welcome to participate in the community gardens ans share in the harvests.  This is a terrific way to get to really know your neighbors and share some good times.  This is part of The Bluffs lifestyle we cherish.

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Southern Living Showcase Home

If you have passed through Rome, Ga. recently you may have noticed our new billboard for The Bluffs.  This kicks off our Summer Awareness program for the Bluffs by announcing our even tighter relationship with Southern Living through our partnership with the  Southern Living Custom Builder Program.  The added exposure for The Bluffs will only increase the value of each of our homesites and homes in The Bluffs.

Southern Living Showcase Home Billboard

Southern Living Showcase Home Billboard

Be sure and arrange a tour of the Showcase home that is being constructed now.  We are using some of the latest “green” construction techniques and technologies, including:

  • Heating and cooling with a geothermal system
  • Hot water heating system using by-product heat from the geothermal system
  • Porches and overhangs designed to minimize summer sun on windows and doors
  • House positioning to minimize summer and optimize winter solar impact
  • 10.5 inch thick walls to allow for latest insulation techniques
  • Use of reclaimed bricks and wood for floors and walls
  • Use of stone from the property for fireplaces, portions of the house and exterior landscaping
  • Use of Hardie’s Artisan product for portions of exterior walls (purpose is to minimize maintenance and improve insulation)
  • Porous drives and parking areas to minimize water runoff ( using river rock gravel)
  • Capture of rain water for irrigation and water feature
  • Use of an open breezeway to separate portions of the house (we call it a “dogtrot”) to harvest cooling breezes off the lake
  • Paint color and roof material and color schemes consistent with heating and cooling efficiency
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