Sustainable Cleaning Supplies

There are a lot of chemicals that go into cleaning supplies, and unless you’re wearing a mask and gloves each time you use them, you’re probably absorbing some of said chemicals. The funny thing is, it’s really easy to clean without using anything harsh. Here are my go-to cleaning supplies. First one is a microfiber…

Landscaping

I took this picture from out second story window.  I wish I had an old picture, but when we moved in the entire garden area was a (useless) lawn.  In fact, we have plans to cut out even more lawn and install another set of beds.  The four beds we have is definitely enough to…

Keeping Rabbits

And we’re back!  We’ve been busy lately with our jobs and side projects, but we’re still very much here and always expanding our sustainability projects.  We’ll be trying to keep to a posting schedule of 1x/week from here on out.  There’s a lot to update on! So we’ve started keeping meat rabbits.  I did a…

Singing the Praises of Fresh Beets!

We were a little haphazard with our winter planting this year.  The weather was off and our greenhouse got infested with slugs (I have since designed a slug-proof greenhouse we will be building this summer!)..  We frantically planted seeds as our seedlings frantically died off. As a result, somehow microgreens got mixed up with swiss…

Fruit Trees

FRUIT TREES We started Project Tree when we first bought the home a few years ago. Our thinking was something like “How hard can it be?” And while it turns out this is a pretty low maintenance operation, I learned that like everything else I ever try to do, I generally don’t know what the…

Rabbit Hutch Complete

It’s done, and I have the 7 megapixel shot to prove it! It really helps to have the right tools for this thing.  Let’s see, to get started: An electric drill (AC!! We used a battery powered one last time and had to quit several evenings only because we ran out of charge) jigsaw rotary…

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Behind the Curtain

We just started getting into meat rabbits (a post for a later date, when I can speak…err…write more confidently on the matter).  Raising animals for meat always seems to be a sensitive subject, and this was brought again sharply into my thoughts today when I was backed into a bit of a conversational corner regarding…

New Poster Introduction

Hello readers, In an effort to provide more frequent updates to you on sustainability activities, I’ll be adding myself as a poster to this blog.  For the past two years I’ve worked in the background of our backyard operation.  You might have seen pictures of me before – the guy with his hands and knees…

Brewing Beer

Brewing sake from scratch, though enjoyable, turned out to be more of a chore than expected.  So when we went to brew beer, we did a little research and decided to buy the Mr. Beer Deluxe Edition Home Microbrewery System. So…this is not brewing beer from scratch. You get this cute plastic beer keg to…

Chickens!

So…I caved (or rather, my husband did).  I got chickens.  Our friends who were relocating from a house into an apartment offered them to us and…well, that’s pretty much the whole story.  Now, technically, I’m not supposed to have them in my neighborhood, but I find they’re relatively low-profile. As with everything, there are pros…