I found a new use for my solar oven: possibly redeeming my unconscionable procrastination in getting my seeds started. Note, please, that the seed trays are on top of the oven, not in it. The empty looking tray contains all the heat sluts: tomatoes, chili peppers, and basil. Yeah, I know, I'm waaay behind schedule. But with the sun we're having, the soil in those trays is toasty, toasty. They should be popping their heads up any moment now. Fortunately, there's a breeze to keep the little lettuce sprouts cool. They're probably getting about 2.5 times as much sun as it's possible for them to get otherwise. Grow, dammit, grow! The weather has been just gorgeous. I don't trust it.
I live on a 2/3 acre homestead in a residential neighborhood. A major goal is to demonstrate how much food a non-expert can produce in my particular climate and hardiness zone, with the soils native to my immediate area. We have gardens of annual and perennial plants, keep laying hens and honey bees, and regularly bite off more than we can chew. Another major goal is to pay off our mortgage as fast as possible. Here I blog about frugality, self-reliance, gardening, cooking and baking, food preservation, practical skills, half-baked experiments, and preparing to thrive in a lower-energy future.