May 1st. May Day. Beltane.

Stellar's Jay

Not much celebrated in the western world after the mid 20th century because Soviet Russia aka USSR used it for military parades. Remember those photographs of missiles and tanks rumbling down Main Street Moscow? That was the May Day Parade. The Novelist and Poet…

Change Your Backyard, Change the World

Zucchini

A real-life example. An entire community in England has rallied around this simple idea and changed their world. Take a moment and watch this.

The Real Margarita- we suffer so you don’t have to™

The Real Margarita

The Real Thing 2 parts reposado tequila 1 part Cointreau 1/2  part fresh-squeezed lime juice stir gently, add ice “Skinny” Margarita 2 parts reposado tequila 1 part Cointreau 1/2 part fresh-squeezed lime juice stir gently,  add ice add sparkling water till volume is doubled…

The Best Burger You Have Ever Tasted

The Best Burger You Have Ever Tasted

Ingredients 1 pound ground 85% grass-fed beef 1 pound ground organic pork 1-2 Tablespoons Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce 1-2 Tablespoons Lea & Perrins Thick Worcestershire Sauce Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning (we use the lower salt version) or  Savory Spice Shop Hudson Bay Beef…

Hot Bourbon Coffee, Our Traditional Holiday Drink

Hot Bourbon Coffee

Smooth and Sensuous, what could be better together than Bourbon and Coffee? Bourbon and Coffee, with Whipping Cream, is better of course! Here follows the super sekret recipe. It shows you exactly what we are going to do with that tasty combo when the…

Kick Ass Ribs!

Kickass Ribs Recipe

What could be better on a lazy fall weekend than ribs from the smoker? Below I share with you how to make ribs so good you may never darken the door of your local BBQ joint again. I have an upright electric smoker with…

Hunting for Organic Meat

Chicken's from our friend George

The truth, we cannot deny it. Kevin and I love meat. We’re not vegetarians, nor are we contract killers. But there you have it. Durning the course of our relationship, this was one of our only dietary struggles. I was raised to be very…

Simple and Easy Vermicomposting Part I

Easy vermicomposting

I know you want to start a worm bin and compost much of what you are currently landfilling. Earth Day is coming up and everyone wants to save the planet, so why haven’t you done it already? The barriers to getting started come down…

You Can Be Open and Giving and Sharing or You Can Be a Complete Tool™ and Hire a Lawyer

I could barely sleep last night because of this. Manifesto alert, proceed at your own risk. Everything we post about here on Backyard Ecosystem. Everything underlying the movement toward greening our cites over the last several decades. The very title of the excellent book written by…

Don’t Worry Be Happy: Changing your light could change your life

Several years ago we acquired a shop-light with OTT fluorescent tubes to use for seed sprouting and growing seedlings.  OTT lights were specifically developed to provide a more natural light spectrum and seemed like a good idea for seedlings. The fixture was incidentally installed next to the computer and was oftentimes my light source…