Category Archives: Life in New Mexico

Chickens

With the price of eggs going up–and the fact that we plan to give away eggs locally–it was time to ge the chickens. The coop is over half done and we had a friend give us a smaller coop, which … Continue reading

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Spring Sustainability Tips

We’re hoping for an early–and mild–spring here in New Mexico. January was cold and snowy, and we’ve had hints of warmer weather, but there’s still a frost at night. It’s not yet planting weather. But we’re still looking to do … Continue reading

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The Joys of Apple Cider Vinegar

We’ve recently been using vinegar–a lot. Rice vinegar in a rice cooker makes the rice come out perfect (and try some other vinegar flavors to flavor the rice). Regular vinegar is a great household cleaner (there is nothing better on … Continue reading

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A Cold Winter

It’s been an unusually cold winter here – the coldest in 15 years. And we’ve learned a lot. We’ve discovered that adobe floors stay pretty cold regardless of how much solar gain you get during the day. We’re modifying our … Continue reading

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Sustainability Tips for December

With winter here it’s time to prepare for the coldest months—January and February. This year try felt weatherstrips around your doors. You can get the felt online from Loews for only $2.57 a roll. Do remember you’ll need to replace … Continue reading

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Sustainability Tips – Nov 2015

400 gallons is the amount of water the average American family uses per day. 1.5 million barrels of crude oil are used for making water bottles, globally. 2.7 tons is the amount of plastic used to bottle water and 86% … Continue reading

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Container Gardens

Last year we tried a straw bale garden. We’ve seen folks who’ve done this brilliantly, but our bales produced too many pests. This year we bought a bunch of “lick tubs” — the money helps fund local 4-H projects and … Continue reading

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Water: The New Gold

Water has always been valuable in the west. Wars have been fought over water rights–along with grazing–and water grabs have been the stuff of stories for California noir stories of corruption. These days water is becoming the new gold–it’s just … Continue reading

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Do-It Yourself Herb Garden with Used Pallets

Last year we noticed two different things. 1) The adobes kept our plants warm way into January. 2) Our wood whiskey barrel planters retained water much better than any other planters. With this in mind we created a garden bed … Continue reading

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New Barn Kittens

We usually keep about three barn-cats on-duty here at the ranch to keep mouse and rat populations down. In this area, mice tend to eat wires in vehicle engines which can cost thousands of dollars to diagnose and repair, so … Continue reading

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