Spinning is Old School

Spinning WheelSpinning with a spinning wheel originally dates back to around the 11th century.  Here at Suburban Stone Age, it dates back to last month.  After 120 agonizing days spinning with a drop spindle in 2010, I swore the next time I’d make yarn I’d be doing it with a spinning wheel.  Four years later, that has finally come true.  Meet my first spinning wheel; the Babe’s Pinkie Double Treadle wheel. Continue reading “(VIDEO) Spinning with the Babe’s Pinkie Spinning Wheel” »

(VIDEO) Edible Landscaping Tour at Suburban Stone Age

by Rebecca Simpson on May 11, 2014

You asked for it, and here it is! Come along for a personal, first-time-ever video tour of Suburban Stone Age!

Apparently, I’m a talker, because this vid is almost 30 mins long. But if you have the attention span, I’ll share with you (in detail!) the edible landscaping as SSA and why we planted the way we did.

Enjoy!

 

(VIDEO) How to Build a Fire with Flint and Steel

May 4, 2014 Spring

When camping for the weekend, I love to take the opportunity to practice survival skills.  This weekend I was testing out how to build a fire with flint and steel.  This technique dates back to the Iron Age, and is still incredibly effective today.  Find out how to use flint and steel, along with what […]

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(VIDEO) Going Tropical in the Greenhouse

April 20, 2014 Agricultural Age

Let’s face it… a greenhouse in Southern California isn’t *really* necessary. True, it’s great for starting seeds in the spring. But in summer it gets as hot as the surface of the sun, and in winter it stays only a few degrees above freezing. Because I don’t do a lot of container gardening, the greenhouse […]

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Urban Beekeeping When You Can’t Keep Honey Bees

March 25, 2014 Agricultural Age

Urban Beekeeping For The Rest of Us Urban beekeeping is a rising trend among many who are interested in producing their own source of honey and interacting with honey bees.  Unfortunately, there may be several reasons why a would-be backyard beekeeper is unable to start and maintain a honey beehive of their own.   Challenges […]

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Go Solar! Our Experience Putting Solar Panels On Our Home, Part 2

November 2, 2013 Fall

In our previous article, we discussed why we chose to go solar, what the advantages and disadvantages were, and how the process was progressing so far.  This article picks up where we left off.  Today we’ll discuss the final steps in the installation process, and what it has been like to have the panels installed […]

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Cover Crops For The Home Garden

October 18, 2013 Agricultural Age

What Are Cover Crops? Cover crops are plants that are grown not for the food they produce, but for other beneficial work they do.  Also know as  “living mulches” or “green manure”, a cover crop is an essential part of sustainable agriculture.  Cover crops help bridge the gap between removing matter from the field in […]

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California Tarantulas Are Looking For Love This Fall

October 3, 2013 Fall

The hubby saw this (big) little guy and jumped out of his chair saying “WHAT THE …?!?”

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