Archive for: August, 2017

Frogs arrive!

Aug 28 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to announce we officially have frogs at SSA!
 
How do I know, you may ask? Because I could tell from what was left of a webbed back leg on my lawn that we definitely had a (former) frog on our hands.
 
I am sure Roxy (our Husky) has been hunting the frog for some time. It was a beauty too, (at least the part I could still see). After I scraped if off the lawn and put it in the trash, I was able to admire how fat (now flat) and colorful (now covered in dirt) this handsome (and smelly) frog once was. My chest swelled with pride (and so did my nostrils from the stink cloud).
 
As I measure my success in biodiversity, dead or not this frog represents a special first. Over six and a half years, and we are still new getting surprises.
 
If there is one, there are more. And I am hoping this is the start of a new froggy trend. Next they just need to learn how to avoid the wolves (Huskies).

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Permaculture – Promises Kept

Aug 10 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Permaculture QuoteThe gardens at Suburban Stone Age have been strongly influenced by permaculture concepts. For those new to the term, permaculture is defined by Wikipedia as “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.”

The promise is that if your follow Nature’s grand design, you not only build a sustainable garden that provides you with food and resources. You build a food web that extends beyond your human needs and into the natural community that exists beyond your backyard fence, for the benefit of all.

It has been over 6.5 years that Suburban Stone Age has been in operation – long enough to flirt with being a “mature” garden.  And I can tell you, without a doubt, that permaculture principles work.

We don’t use pesticides, we invite birds to do the work instead.  We recycle nutrients through the use of compost to let the land feed itself.  We build the soil with humus so that it can hold more water – this helped our plants survive the greatest drought in California’s recorded history. We group plants according to their habits and functions, so they can thrive and provide the maximum amount of usefulness to ourselves and the natural community.

This was all begun because of the promise that if you build it, they will come.  The plants, animals, and abundance, that is.  And there has been no truer promise, no more spectacular return on the investment, than what the gardens of Suburban Stone Age have become.

If you are curious about permaculture and how it works, please leave a comment.  I am happy to share whatever knowledge and experience I can.  And be sure to keep checking back for updates, as the best is yet to come!

 

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Living with the Seasons – Stop Time From Flying By

Aug 06 2017 Published by under Uncategorized

Time flies, doesn’t it?  In our hectic modern lives, the month is over before we were ready for it to start.  Days are just numbers that roll by on a calendar.  Children grow right before our eyes, and it takes but a moment before their precious childhood years slip away and they are grown.

The good news is that there is a way to change how we live with time.  And the surprising consequence it that time slows down.  Life makes sense, feels good, has cycles, and touches your inner being – connecting you again with the ancient rhythms we were all born to feel.

How is this done?  By living seasonally.  That means, wherever you are, stop and understand that place.  What are the rhythms of life there? The length of daylight, the temperatures swings, the rainfall amounts.  How have the native plants and animals that have lived there since ancient time adapted to these particular conditions.  What does that say about how you can adapt too? And this is just the beginning.

This new awareness is something that evolves over time, as you pay more and more attention to it.  But what ends up happening is that you sync up with your environment in a way that feel natural and makes sense.  There is no rush and bustle and worry to this new timeline, only moving along with the seasons in the great and gentle flow.

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