Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

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Its time to start my veggie seeds to germinating.

We went out and bought 3 long grow lights to set them up on a shelf system. I have three levels of growing space this way and its contained in one small space. Starting seeds is easy. Its important to factor in temp and humidity. I set my lights up in my bathroom. It usually stays pretty warm and humid in their so I figure this is a great place to start my seeds. I ordered a bunch of heirloom tomato seeds as well as organic or heirloom bell pepper, jalapeno, basil, dill, chamomile, rosemary, mint, lemon balm, and echinacea. I got my seeds planted in pots and labeled. Now I just have to wait for the first little sprouts to appear.


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Updates and progress on our modest little homestead

Its December and I have been working hard on getting the raised garden beds in. I need to find some good top soil and compost to fill the garden beds. You would think that finding dirt would not be difficult but I have not found it so. I keep calling around to find some good quality soil but no luck yet.
We use the tractor to dig a hole somewhere in the back of the property and relocate it into the garden but we now have a hole that fills with water every time it rains. Its not the best situation but we are working with what we have. It will be spring soon and I really need to get these beds filled.
I really need to start focusing on filling my compost with good quality organic material so that I can start producing my own good dirt!!

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Homestead Butchering

Well its official! We are producing our own meat! I had my new fried Megan come teach me how. The first time, we butchered 4 rabbits. This past week we butchered 2 rabbits and four roosters! To date, we have eaten one of the rabbits and one of the roosters. I made chicken broth using the smallest rooster and shredded the chicken meat for dinner. We used the home made chicken broth for Thanksgiving dinner in our stuffing. I feel pretty accomplished! Today I need to use my pressure canner to can up the rest of the broth in jars.

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Its November and still growing Veggies!

Its mid November and up until last night, have had no frost. Last night we got a cold front and we woke up to frost all over the ground. I had covered up my veggies with plastic but I obviously still have a lot to learn when it comes to growing through the winter. I put the plastic directly over the crops as the wind kept blowing my frame over. So I draped the plastic directly over the plants and tucked it in on all sides and used 2X4’s to hold it in place.
So I know now that its not enough just to drape plastic over the plants. Each leaf that was touching the plastic froze and wilted and died by morning. All the leaves under the larger taller leaves are still OK though. I am still thrilled that here in Savannah Ga, the first frost date was all the way into November on the 13th! I’m thinking I need to keep the plastic off the plant. I will be researching more on cold frames and green house covers so that I can do better next time.
I still have a lot to learn.