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