Category: Simplify

Do more with less.

Compost with earthworm 0

Composting

Composting presents one way—perhaps the most important way—of supporting the web of life. Compost restores structure and nutrients to the soil, increases the ability of plants to absorb minerals, and boosts biodiversity among beneficial...

Red wiggler worms busy at work! 0

Vermiculture

In the yard, earthworms produce succulent castings rich in nutrients and bacteria that support life processes. Indoors, our frost-challenged red wigglers produce probiotic castings that I use in compost tea for the garden. And like honeybees, the...

Colchester CSA share - beets, watermelon, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, watermelon, eggplant 0

Community Supported Agriculture

At the Little House on Pine, we get weekly harvests from the Community Supported Agriculture program at Colchester Farm. Participating in the CSA helps us transition from dependency on supermarket produce to local, seasonal...

A young Asian pear tree guild produces food, habitat, and improves soil fertility using permaculture principles. 0

Permaculture

Permaculture offers a design approach for meeting human needs while improving the health of the planet. And it inspires a lot of our homestead activities. Quick Overview Inspired by the oil crisis of the...

Use vertical space! Small cup hooks and bar magnets activate surface area for vertical storage. 0

Kitchen Cabinet Organization

Place is one of my favorite words. Everything belongs somewhere. A system works harmoniously when its constituent elements can perform their functions. Whether designing forest gardens or kitchen gadget storage, we achieve harmony by...

Candles, books, and conversation fill the role often occupied by flickering TV screens. 3

Life without Television

As a child I watched cartoons every Saturday morning. I turned on the TV in the same motion that I threw off my book bag after school. I listened to the background noise during...

Interview for home energy audit 0

Home Energy Audit

Whether we’re talking food or fuel, our use of energy defines how we choose to live. Having read several books on home energy conservation, I had already lowered my electric bill with lighting upgrades,...

A butter knife separates neat rectangles of clean comb from the wire supports. 0

Honey Harvest

Thanks to a little help from the chickens, the bees produced enough surplus honey to share with friends of the Little House on Pine. Kathy and Sarah took the lead on manual honey extraction...

Backyard chicken on the homestead 0

Backyard Chickens

I began advocating in support of backyard chickens when I learned that my community had an ordinance prohibiting them. I joined a small cohort of local gardeners and homesteaders interested in gauging community support for...