Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting


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Here are my Harlie Babies almost grown up! They are almost 8 weeks! My Magpie Harlie (black and white one) is showing some potential for show. She is really sweet and loves to be held and gives me kisses all the time. I adore her! The others need homes. There are only two left.

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DIY Laundry Detergent

I found a recipe for home made laundry detergent on pinterest so I thought I’d try it. I can tell you, this recipe works great and it takes far less soap to wash your clothes then store bought detergent. The recipe I used is below. I found all my supplies in the laundry section at Walmart. I made mine in June of 2012 and Im just half way through my first batch of soap! I have a family of 5 with three messy kids. I also use cloth diapers. They say not to use this on cloth diapers but it works just fine for me. (I was using it on cloth diapers before I found out I wasn’t supposed to.) SO since I was doing it with no noticeable difference to my cloth diapers… I continued to use it.

DIY Laundry Detergent:

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

(you can also use pink Zote soap instead of Fels-Naptha.)

7 months of use so far and still so much detergent left! I really hope to make it last till June so I can say that one batch will really last a whole year! Give it a try!!


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Baby Chicks!

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photo1We got 5 new baby chicks today! This is my first time with baby chickens. When we got our first set of hens, the youngest one was 5 weeks old and didnt need a heat lamp. These little guys are only a few days old so they are under a heat lamp in a make shift brooder in my garage. I need to make a bigger area for them as they grow. I hope they can go outside at about 4 or 5 weeks but it depends on how cold it is outside.


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Rabbits are old enough for new homes

I have two bucks and a doe ready for new homes. These Harlequin rabbits are 7 weeks old and ready for new homes next week. They are purebred Japanese Harlequins and have pedigrees. Please email me if you want to come look at them. We have handled and loved them a lot so they are very friendly and come to say hi every time we walk by. They would make a great family pet! They have started litter box training but will need more training. These are a medium sized breed and can be used as meat rabbits as well. They are $30.00 each.
email me at stephdt3@gmail.com

one of the males

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Spring planting…. in January!!

I was born and raised in Portland Oregon. I am used to long cold winters. It is cloudy and overcast 9 months out of the year in Portland. Then I moved to sunny Nashville three years ago. Imagine my delight at the extended southern growing season! I can start seeds indoors in January and transplant them outside at the end of February or Beginning of March. Last season was my first time growing in this region so the garden was one big experiment. We got a late start as we were still building my garden beds into mid April. I plan to get a full growing season for 2013.
I love that it is sunny here, even when its cold. I was sighing in contentment this afternoon sitting in my living room with the sun shinning on me through the window. It was warm and bright inside even though its only 28 degrees outside. I love how I can plant a fall crop in September and be eating fresh lettuce in my garden into December. I learned a lot about this area last year so I hope to get a lot more produce out of my 700 sq feet of raised beds this year. Today I started 13 different veggies totalling 80 plants to start growing indoors. I am going to have so much work to do come mid March! Wish me luck!


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Great Ideas

I love the internet. There are so many great ideas out there and blogging just helps us share them all! Here are a couple more great ideas that I want to try sometime soon! I found these pictures on Pinterest so I am not sure who the original source is.

log wood stove

milk jug watering can


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DIY Berkey Water Filter

I recently watched a youtube video on how to make a Berkey water filter using two 5 gallon buckets. I cant wait to make my own. I plan to buy two of the Black element Berkey filters and make one of these. I think it might be useful to have an extra set as replacement. Here are some pictures of the DIY project I found and a picture of an actual Berkey filtering system. They are pretty spendey so Im excited to make my own.

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