• Summer Bounty

    Farm Update Summer’s winding down, but the garden bounty is bumper.    We’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in the garden since our neighbor removed the towering 80ft pecan tree.  More sun = less mildew and a seemingly more productive summer growing season. Every square inch of the raised beds are

  • 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

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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