As I was reading through all the brilliant suggestions for offbeat hobbies, I found myself should-ing all over the place. Every time someone mentioned running, my brain said, "Yes, hrm, I really should do that." Then I noticed every time someone mentioned dancing, I felt longing. When I finally realized what I was doing, I said, "Hey, I could dance." I stopped, searched Meet-Up for dancing, and found THE MOST AMAZING GROUP EVER.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of The Great Offbeat Outdoors posts.
The "outdoors" might be a 24'x36' garden or a clutch of terracotta pots in a window box, but these posts cover all things gardening, landscaping and even farming. This category also includes stuff about the outside of your house — doors & roofs! — as well as vehicles like cars & RVs.
Nowadays, homesteading is a cool new trend for city folks to "get back to nature." I want to encourage those of you interested in homesteading to give it a go! I spent my whole life on a homestead, before it was something trendy. Here are the things I learned from growing up on a homestead farm…
I grew up in the Midwest, and my family was typical: we drove everywhere. I accepted that as just the way things were until I went to college. I walked a lot as an undergraduate student, and felt the lifestyle change deeply. When I moved to upstate New York for a new job a year ago, my apartment search revolved around finding a place that would let me walk to work. And honestly, my morning and evening commute has become one of the best parts of my day.
I started keeping bees two summers ago. Bees are fascinating creatures, and learning about their social lives — the workings of a hive, how they make group decisions, and how to help them thrive — has been a highlight of the last two years for me. Beekeeping is not a hobby for everyone, but beekeeping is definitely an awesome hobby!
Last week we talked about what to put on your body when you ride during the winter months. Now let's talk about what to put on your ride! A great way to get recommendations on gear is to talk to the folks at your Local Bike Shop (LBS), ask whether they have experience commuting through the winter, and if so, what sorts of things they like. Here are the pieces of gear my husband and I use to do our winter riding…
While any sane human being might reasonably give up bicycling as the temperature dips below freezing and the snow flies, some of us live by the motto, "there is no weather too nasty for cycling; there is only insufficient clothing." While you can certainly get away with short trips by bicycle in almost any warm clothing, there are some things that I find particularly helpful…
Due to some boring logistics, we will probably end up placing the washing machine in the garage. The problem is that there is no drain there, and it's cost prohibitive to install one right now. Our solution is to recycle the greywater from the wash. In the summer we will use it to water the lawn. However, in the winter the temperature drops below freezing, and we don't really need an ice skating rink in our back yard. What ideas do you have for recycling greywater in the winter?
Our lovely Portland, Oregon backyard has transformed into a spidery wonderland during the past year. Spiders are awesome and super important for the environment, but we need our personal space! What can I do to de-spider the back yard, short of spraying with pesticides?