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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Our Solar Story 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, […]
Before the Information Age, you had to predict the weather the old fashioned way, like with your eyes and stuff. This handy chart can help you tell if you’ll need that umbrella or if you have the thumbs up for that flip-flop and speedo combo after all.
How Are the Straw Bale Gardens Doing? We started on July 3, 2012, looking like this. After conditioning the bale, we planted eight squash starters into our bale. How have things been going? So far, so good. This is how the bale looks as of today. The plants look happy and are growing well, […]
What Are We Up To? In our last episode, we set out to rediscover how to dehydrate food using the oldest Stone Age method – piercing it with a stick and leaving it in the sun and wind to dry. To test, we used sliced tomatoes and apples and whole peaches, all skewered on willow […]