Tomato Cage Tip – Safer | Easier Storage Video


Tomato Cages Can Be Difficult and Dangerous to Store – Until Now!

Tomato cages are easy to forget about when they are filled with lovely, ripe tomatoes.  But when the growing season is over, dealing with these wire monstrosities can be a hassle.  Fed up with being cut, poked, and annoyed by these cages, I found a way to make them safer and much more efficient to store.

How Do you Store Your Tomato Cages?

Have you struggled with the same issues when it comes time to store your tomato cages?  How did you conquer the beast?  Share your wisdom and leave a comment below!

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Fall Garden Harvest – Today is Squash Soup!

Squash figs onions garden harvest

Today we are eating our hard-won  harvest from the garden.  This year has been quite a challenge.  We have barely been able to gather anything from the garden due mainly to a population explosion of rats.
I’ll be making soup from the squash and onions, with fresh figs on the side.  I am looking forward to it.
Do you have a favorite squash soup recipe?  Let me know, I’d love to hear about it!

Fresnel Lens – Solar Cooking will be happening at Suburban Stone Age

What do you do when you have a bum shoulder and can’t dig your pond? Why, you buy a death ray on eBay so you can melt glass and cook food, of course!

Let me explain…

A Fresnel lens is a thin plastic lens made of small concentric grooves on one side that focuses light like a magnifying glass. You’ve seen them around – they are those plastic sheets that are used to magnify text, and on a large scale are what’s in a lighthouse to create that beam of light.

When you use a Frenel lens to concentrate sunlight, you take the warm embrace of gentle sunshine and focus it into a face-melting, unholy death-ray. Seriously, if you do it right, that spot of light is strong enough to melt steel. Wow!

So naturally I HAD to have one.

Why? Well, to my mind, this Fresnel lens unlocks a whole wealth of possibilities using only the power of the sun. I can cook, disinfect water, start fires easily, and even go to new places such as metal cutting, welding, and making homemade obsidian. All from the benign power of the sun! Which, by the way, will still be available in the aftermath of a major earthquake.

And so enters a new Era of solar cooking and more at SSA. On the way are two Fresnel lenses, one spot and one linear, plus a parabolic mirror just for funsies. I’ll do my solar cooking and experimenting while my shoulder heals, then go back to finish digging my pond before spring.

(Side note – guess what the pond can also be? An emergency store of water for a disaster. Which I can distill into safe drinking water using the Fresnel lenses and only the sun. A beautiful thing, no?)

I’ll keep you posted!

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

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 and working.

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Cover Crops For The Home Garden

cover crop  home garden cloverWhat 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 the form of the harvest, and returning or conserving  matter in the field by returning biomass, nutrients, and offering protection for existing topsoils. Continue reading “Cover Crops For The Home Garden” »

Thanksgiving : Top 5 Countdown

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, line dried 102 loads of laundry, and canned 57.5 quarts of food.  And boy are we tired!  With the holidays coming, it is time to take a step back, catch our breath, and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. Continue reading “Thanksgiving : Top 5 Countdown” »