Why Edible Landscaping? Edible landscaping is the practice of removing ornamentals and replacing them with edible plants. In our water district, it is estimated that over 50% of all household water is used to water landscaping. With sustainability in mind, it stands to reason that if you are going to spend money and resources to […]
Buying a nesting box (or boxes) for your chickens can be expensive. If you are looking to save a little money, here are some plans for the DIY nesting box I built for my coop. Materials At least two matching dishpans Snips Cable ties (at least four per nesting box) Drill Assembly Using your snips,
The Western Bluebird is a cavity nesting bird that has been in decline due to habitat loss. They also eat insects, which is helpful in my organic gardening efforts. Because Suburban Stone Age was once Western Bluebird habitat, I have devoted myself to restoring habitat to them by providing the one thing they need […]
Why The Bug House? Beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and mason bees, provide important garden services. They play a big role in organic pest control and crop pollination. You can attract these beneficial insects to your garden by providing habitat for them in the form of bug houses. Bug houses can be purchased online (see left photo), or […]
Nobody wants to come home and find a crime scene in their coop. Having recently suffered the loss of my entire flock of chickens, I devoted myself to researching ways to rebuild my coop more securely. I wanted to help other chicken keepers avoid the same heartache I experienced, so I complied this table of predators and […]
So Much to be Thankful for! It has been almost two years since we began our adventures living a more sustainable life. In that time, we’ve harvested $1793.49 in food from our backyard, collected and eaten 1402 eggs, managed to find something to do with 151 pounds of tomatoes, baked and devoured almost 200 loaves of bread, […]
No eggs Now? Why? This autumn finds us desperate for fresh eggs. Our mature hens have slowed way down in egg production (due to fall and molting season) and our pullets haven’t started laying yet. That leaves us with one fresh egg every 2-3 days for seven chickens. I refuse to buy eggs from the […]
This is a newcomer to Suburban Stone Age. I believe it’s a female flame skimmer dragonfly, and she’s been grooming the compost pile for gnats. I was hoping for her arrival to keep their population in check.