Cheap and Easy Worm Farm

Composting worms are an easy and rewarding project for the beginning to experienced gardener. Also, makes a great science project and life lesson for kids!

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Grow A 12 Day Garden Sprouting Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

It takes months to get a ripe bell pepper and with my limited space indoors and a greenhouse still only in the planning stage, I wanted to do something more productive.

Cooking with the Sun

Solar Oven CookingI love my Solavore Sport oven! I have used it to bake multiple meals for our family. Anything you can bake in the oven, you can bake in the solar oven.

This is a marinaded pork loin that I baked recently. I just put it out in the morning and it is tender and juicy by dinner time.Solar Oven Cooking Pork Loin

I have also made cornbread by just following the regular directions. Be sure to preheat the oven first. The oven comes with two dutch oven pans like you see above, the oven thermometer shown and a pasteurization device that you float in water when you want to purify drinking water. I have also baked eggs in the shell, they come our similar to boiled eggs.

This is a great oven to have when the power is out or for camping as well. It is a must have for emergency preparedness and will make a great conversation piece when you use it to cook for your guests. Best of all, the energy it uses is free, clean and absolutely renewable.

Solavore Sport Solar Oven – Portable Solar Cooking Package Complete with All Season Solar Reflectors, 2 Granite Ware Pots, Oven Thermometer, and Water Pasteurization Tool

For days when there is less sun, the Solavore comes with shiny metal panels that attach to the rim and direct sun inside. I have not needed to use these because I live in the Nevada desert where sunshine is not a problem. However, wind is a serious problem here so I was glad to see that there are secure clamps top and bottom that keep the lid on tight.

The unit is made of plastic which may seem cheap to some people. I have seen reviews where people say this. However, I like the lightweight plastic because I can easily carry it out onto the deck and yet it holds two dutch ovens side by side.

Let me know if you have used a solar oven or have any questions about solar cooking. I would love to share recipes!

 

water filter

Gravity Fed Water Filtration System Made with Food Grade Buckets

Now we have safe, clean water for our family, pets, and plants for less than $70. The system produces more than 5 gallons of water per day at about than 3 cents per gallon.

Container Gardens

Container gardens are a great way to grow produce in a small space. With some careful planning a tender loving care, you can reap nature’s bounty on a small scale. This photo above is an actual harvest we grew on our back deck.