The Iconic Monarch Butterfly The monarch butterfly is one of the most beloved and widely recognized butterflies in the world. Its vivid orange and black wings make it easy to recognize. The monarch butterfly and its beauty have come to represent butterflies and conservation issues everywhere.
How To Compost Learning how to compost is an essential skill for an organic, sustainable garden. In this video post, I discuss how to compost by using materials from our garden at Suburban Stone Age. I’ll take you step by step through the process, beginning with preparation of the materials, to mixing a batch, and on […]
I’m learning a painful lesson right now about edible landscaping. This picture is of a patch of dead leaves that has been steadily growing on my Chinese pistache. Underneath this tree are several tomato vines, pumpkins, basil, lettuce, and melons. In my eagerness to try out some edibles in the former lawn under the tree, […]
Why Make You Own Compost Bin with Straw Bales? The benefits of adding compost to your garden are well known. There are many devices you can buy to help you process a moderate amount of compost. But if you are looking for an inexpensive way to make your own compost bin that is ideal for […]
Why Grow Potatoes? Ahh, the beloved potato. This starchy little turd-shaped tuber we all know and love is responsible for so much prosperity and sometimes misery. Beginning in the ancient Andes region of South America and spreading to every corner of the modern world, the human-potato partnership has grown to blockbuster proportions over thousands of years. […]
WELCOME to the 3rd edition of … Come on over to the Homestead, grab your rocking chair of choice…a glass of tea and sit a spell! This is a Blog Hop Y’all and there are plenty of posts to keep your attention…entertain you, educate you or make you smile…all day long. Stay as long as […]
When considering edible landscaping options, a backyard orchard may make a lot of sense. However, it is important to consider that while fruit trees can be lovely and highly productive, they are not without maintenance. If you are considering fruit trees as a part of your edible landscaping designs, here are some backyard orchard tips […]
Lamb’s Ear Overview Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) is one of my new favorite plants. Known for its light gray-green color and ultra fuzzy leaves, this low growing border plant is much more than just a pretty face. It is useful, edible, kid friendly, hardy, drought tolerant, and attracts bees like nobody’s business. Intrigued? So was […]