Vegetable Garden: One Potato, Two Potato

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.  And with good reason.  The potato is nutritious, is delicious, can be stored, and is easy to propagate.  Although it won’t be winning any beauty pageants (except for the purple and blue ones – they are AWESOME), just like so many things, its what’s on the inside that counts. Continue reading “Vegetable Garden: One Potato, Two Potato” »

Suburban Stone Age Welcomes You To Thursdays at the Homestead Blog Hop!

WELCOME to the 3rd edition of …

Thursdays at the Homestead Blog Hop

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 you like; submit an article (or 2), visit other blogs, leave comments and enjoy your stay here on the porch…Thursdays @ the Homestead!

Here on the Homestead we are all about living a self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-sustaining lifestyle in as natural, organic & frugal ways possible.

This Blog Hop is being hosted by:

Modern Homesteaders

and Co-Hosted by:

Kat @ Simply Living Simply

Penny @ PrepperPenny

Rebecca @ Suburban Stone Age

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Edible Landscaping: Backyard Orchard Care

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 on caring for your fruit trees.

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Winter: Pruning

Keep your fruit trees pruned for branch strength, tree health, ease of access, and size.  Although some say the time to prune is “when the shears are sharp”, I prefer to prune for structure, strength, and access in the winter, and for size in the summer.  Your style and technique may vary with your climate and personal preference, but nevertheless, pruning is a must for backyard orchard care.  For tips on pruning fruit trees in detail, go here. Continue reading “Edible Landscaping: Backyard Orchard Care” »

Go Solar! Our Experience Putting Solar Panels On Our Home, Part 1

Our Solar Story

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The purpose of this article is to share our personal experience installing solar panels on our home.  Our hope is by sharing the details as our project progresses we can encourage  folks to ask questions and learn more about solar energy.

Clean, Renewable Energy : Why Did We Go Solar?

For us, the decision to go solar by putting solar panels on our home was about making a commitment to live more sustainably. We wanted to utilize as much clean, renewable energy as possible Continue reading “Go Solar! Our Experience Putting Solar Panels On Our Home, Part 1” »

Lamb’s Ear: Putting a Useful Plant To The Test

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 I.  I tried it out for myself,  here are my findings.

Putting It To The Test

Examine the fuzzy leaves and flower stalks of lamb’s ear and , and you’ll start to get to ideas about  how this plant might be useful in many ways.  I spent some time testing its various traditional uses for myself, and this is what I found: Continue reading “Lamb’s Ear: Putting a Useful Plant To The Test” »

Edible Landscaping: From Lawn to Garden

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 water a landscape, shouldn’t it at least give something back?  The use of edible landscaping presents an opportunity to exchange something that mostly consumes resources, such as a lawn, with other plants that produce food, save money, conserve resources, and are attractive as well.  In this article, I’ll show you how to plan and implement an edible landscaping project.

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Southern California Springs Fire Looms Near Suburban Stone Age

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It has been a hectic few days around here.  The Spring Fire began as a 10 acre brush fire and has grown to consume over 10,000 acres of tinder dry Southern California brush.  Although we are nestled in the center of our community and not adjacent to the brushy hills, the fire could be readily seen from Suburban Stone Age.

We are all safe from harm, but the fire is still raging.  It has presently moved to the Santa Monica Mountains, where it is still a danger to homes.  We’ll be keeping an eye on the situation.

This is a view of the fires yesterday, as seen from SSA and the neighborhood.

 

Updates on the fires can be found here:

http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/may/03/day-2-spring-fire-grows-10000-acres-will-continue/