• Olla Sale!

      Irrigation with ollas (unglazed clay pots) is simple and extremely efficient, but the system gave way to modern watering techniques decades ago. With this type of irrigation, gardeners fill unglazed clay urns with water and bury them near plants. The tops of the ollas (pronounced OH-yas) extend above ground so the urns can be […]

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  • Homestead Herbal: Calendula Salve

    A simple, traditional healing balm or ointment with healing and anti-inflammatory powers.  A must for your homestead first aid or beauty kit. Calendula Salve 1/2 cup calendula petal infused oil 1/8 cup beeswax 10-40 drops essential oil  (I like lemon) Melt the oil and beeswax in a double boiler under  medium-lowish heat until wax is […]

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  • Homestead Herbal: Calendula Oil

    From beauty to to first aid, calendulas are a must for any homestead.  Not only are they easy to grow but also calendulas are beneficial in attracting bees to the garden.   Calendula flowers are not only edible but also medicinal and great for natural skin and health care. Calendula officinalis, also known as pot […]

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  • Peach Salsa

    Summer time and the living is yummy.   Gardens are overflowing and stomachs are full with sun-ripened goodies. Who doesn’t love a homemade salsa with sun-ripened tomatoes picked fresh from the vine? An alternative to a typical tomato salsa is one made with peaches–so delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day. Peach salsa is less […]

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  • DIY Solution: Fruit Fly Trap

    Come summer, doors and windows are thrown wide open, fermented goodies sit on the kitchen counter, and baskets or bowls of homegrown fruit or veggies are everywhere. Although you counters maybe full of homegrown bounty and fermenting goodies, they are will  attract those pesky gnats or fruit flies.   Here are a couple of simple solutions. […]

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  • Caring for Chickens in Hot Weather

    Meet Parcha (means “passion flower or fruit”) a new addition to the homestead menagerie.   We got a call from a distraught family wanting to place her in a good home asap!  Parcha was part of a flock of 5 until the recent heat wave. Four had passed due to heat stroke.  Poor Parcha!  But now […]

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  • Micro Farm “Meme”

    Someone sent us this (above) image via email. Apparently, some artful person worked up a nifty graphic meme about our urban farm.  Nice!   Unfortunately, the harvest and figures quoted are somewhat outdated — stats would be prior to 2010. So, given the fact that the data is dated, what would we modify on this […]

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  • Natural Lighting: Solar Tube

    Back in 2004 when we re-roofed the garage to put on 12 solar panels, one of the best things we did was to install a solar tube on the garage roof Solar tubes are cylinders lined with mirrors which bring natural light into dark homes or work spaces.  Here on the homestead our garage is […]

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  • Simple Steel Cut Oatmeal

    In Southern California, we experience a gloomy weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer. I love a warm breakfast on those ” Gray May” or “June Gloom” mornings; but, for some reason, regular rolled oats give me heartburn.   I find that steel cut oats […]

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  • Homestead Herbal: Toothache Plant

    No homestead is complete without an herb garden.  It’s like your very own homegrown pharmacy.  Pick mints for tea if you have an upset tummy,  dry some calendula flowers to use in soothing salve.   Did you know you can grow your own “Anbesol” for tooth or gum aches?  It’s an herb called the Toothache Plant […]

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