Our Solar Power System was purchased through ReVision Energy,
7 Commercial Dr, Brentwood, NH 03833 - 603.679.1777
We still consider this one of the smartest investments we've made to the property. The state and federal tax incentives allowed the entire expense to be paid off within four years.
Obviously, the winter bill is more substantial with cloudy days and power being drawn to heat lamps and seed sprouting stations.
Compost consists of everything from yard waste to food waste that doesn't go to the chickens. Our friends, family and neighbors contribute. There are two collection bins. The active bin is where everything is collected throughout the first half of the year. We switch primary bins in the fall so that the compost has time to convert to nutrient rich soil before it is distributed into the garden beds.
If the compost collection is inconvenient, freeze your food wastes until the next time you have an opportunity to get it into the bin!
Salt marsh hay is not weedy. Seeds never sprout because they require the saltwater tidal changes to germinate and grow. We collect our mulch right from the marshy beaches and distribute it throught the gardens all season round.
We have two 300 gallon bins for water runoff from the roof. We use this as a supplement to water the gardens.
"In agriculture and gardening, a cold frame is a transparent-roofed enclosure, built low to the ground,
used to protect plants from adverse weather, primarily excessive cold or wet.
The transparent top admits sunlight and prevents heat escape via convection that would otherwise occur,
particularly at night. Essentially, a cold frame functions as a miniature greenhouse
to extend the growing season." - Wiki-LINK
We use ours in the winter, with a heat lamp, to continue to grow greens and radishes, etc.
In the summer, we use it to dehydrate ocean water that produces salt.
The wood stove heats the entire house as the only heat source. It is collected from the transfer station, where people discard their yard waste, and other sources where trees need to be removed.