Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

Spring planting…. in January!!

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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!


Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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