Podcasters are the New Zinester

I love the idea of podcasting it reminds me of the zines we used to make in the 90s. The goal was a free and democratic exchange of ideas and information. All you needed was…

Homesteading: We Need a Better Term

I’ve often discussed with folx that as a queer person homesteading as an overarching movement feels unsafe for me. And I’ve struggled with the reasons why everything about it feels so unsafe. Sure, I can…

Grow: Inconclusive Germination Test Results

The dead of winter is when pepper germination begins, particularly for peppers at the habanero stage of SHU (Scoville heat units) or higher. Super hots just don’t germinate well at all. It is thought that…

State of the Oasis

It’s been a few week, in that I have been meaning to post but I’ve been so busy with projects around the house and property that I haven’t had a chance. The largest of the…

Grow: DIY Net Cups or Seed Starting

The double cup method is a popular miniaturized version of global buckets, passive hydroponics, or Kratky hydroponics. It’s popular for many reasons, the top being the expense. Set up for double cupping and Kratky can…

Grow: Indoors Passive Hydroponics Kratky

There are many different methods of growing a variety of plants and veggies inside the house during winter months. We’re about to get our first deep freeze this week and that means I’m harvesting my…

Ferment: Failures

Over the last week I’ve had a few failures with my ferments. First I thought a ferment was done. All signs pointed to it being done. Bubbles no longer ran from the bottom to top,…

Recipe: Chili Lime Popcorn Salt

Once upon a time, I found Sriracha salt for popcorn, It was delightful but very expensive. I wanted to make my own version, and there are a couple of ways to make it. I’ll give…

Fermentation: Red Death Sauce

The last few weeks have been hectic, Fall traffic in my area is awful until after Halloween and then it calms down. My usual easy ten-minute commute has blossomed into a longer more stressful 20…