• INTO THE ABYSS

    We have a problem. Have you ever in your travels found yourself lost?  Collectively, our world–with man in the driver’s seat–has similarly been lost, only we are making great time and seeing wonderful, new sights all along the way. Why would we ever stop? We would not even question our

  • BEING THE CHANGE, LIVING THE SOLUTION

      Heirloom tomatoes on vine. The garden is growing, but not like previous years. We are having trouble with the peppers–they seem to be taking their own sweet time to grow. With the hot temps we’vebeen having, the peas quit producing earlier than lastyear. Right now there is a lull

  • CHICKS & SMALL STEPS

      All Things Bright and Beautiful,All Creatures Great and Small,All Things Wild and Wonderful,The Lord God Made Them All. ~ Cecil Francis Alexander This month has been a busy one! A few weeks ago we received the babybantam chicks through the mail and they neededconstant care and looking after. Now,two

  • CHICKS & SMALL STEPS

      All Things Bright and Beautiful,All Creatures Great and Small,All Things Wild and Wonderful,The Lord God Made Them All. ~ Cecil Francis Alexander This month has been a busy one! A few weeks ago we received the babybantam chicks through the mail and they neededconstant care and looking after. Now,two

  • EARTH DAY

    Obviously, Virginia, there is an Earth Day. But, saving the earth through this special day celebration–now in its 32nd year–is a myth. With over 5,000 environmental groups around the world taking part in over 184 countries, Earth Day will be impressive but, for the most part, irrelevant. Once over, it’s

  • URBAN HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

    We have been enjoying a week of warm and sunny weather aswe continue our spring and summer plantings. We are still significantly behind in normal rainfall. Normal is 19“, last yearwe had 16“, and this year we have had only 4“. The rainy season here is from Nov-May.  So the

  • NATURE SPEAKS

    Shh! Listen! In a language all its own, Nature speaks, whispering renewal. Soon, a superb, wondrous spectacle will unfold as Nature performs its spring play of awakening. But, in these heady technological times, primitive acts of a natural force largely go ignored in most circles unless, of course, they spell

  • AND THEY'RE UP!

    The heirloom tomatoes are up and so starts once again the insane madness of which there is no cure – as far as I know! A fellow gardener was kind enough to give us someMarianna Peace tomatoes (known as the “World’s Best Tasting Tomato”), which are all the “rage” this

  • AND THEY’RE UP!

    The heirloom tomatoes are up and so starts once again the insane madness of which there is no cure – as far as I know! A fellow gardener was kind enough to give us someMarianna Peace tomatoes (known as the “World’s Best Tasting Tomato”), which are all the “rage” this

  • WILLOW WATER

    Like to take cuttings and want to find a replacement for those unnatural rooting hormones? Make your own natural rooting hormone using willow branches. We tried out this technique last year and it worked quite well. We harvested the willows from the Arroyo Seco stream near our home. With one