• MOVIN' RIGHT ALONG

    The reed bed is coming along nicely. We planted some bog/water plants along the edge and collected some river rocks from the Arroyo. Building it is one thing, figuring out how to get the bath and wash water out is another. We’ll tackle that problem when we come to it. Made some delicious homemade granola […]

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  • MOVIN’ RIGHT ALONG

    The reed bed is coming along nicely. We planted some bog/water plants along the edge and collected some river rocks from the Arroyo. Building it is one thing, figuring out how to get the bath and wash water out is another. We’ll tackle that problem when we come to it. Made some delicious homemade granola […]

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  • KEEPING BUSY

    I went to our local nursery again yesterday and was lucky to be there right when they were going to get rid of threeChilean Guava plants. They are pretty pathetic, but with some TLC, perhaps we can get them to grow. Also, today we made some shampoo bars by re-batching some castile and then adding […]

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  • SOWING CHANGE, ONE STEP AT A TIME

    I put together a list ofNEW PLANTS that we’ve acquired this year here on the urban homestead, which will continue to grow! The bunnies are doing well, they are very playful and like to be petted. Moonshadow’s the hyper of the two, while Sierra is the shy one. We had a family meeting the other […]

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  • HOMEGROWN PRESERVES

    We were blessed with a wonderful gift of a box of gorgeous pomegranates. We made a bunch of JELLYfrom a recipe posted on the forum by one of our readers. It’s surprisingly delicious!  Thanks to Amy, Vitali and “Coyote”… Ok, we finally came up with a name for the other rabbit — SIERRA, cause she […]

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  • BUNNY BUNCH

    Yesterday we picked up two dwarf rabbits. The black and white one’s MOON SHADOW and the brownish one’s… well, we haven’t picked a name yet. They really are taking to their new home, though Cassidy, our cat is wondering what all the fuss is about. The rabbits will be a great addition to the “homestead” […]

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  • KINDRED SPIRITS

    The wonderful people down atLong Beach Organic dropped in yesterday. Amy gave me some coffee plants… two actually… and a pineapple guava in exchange for some of our seeds. I’m soooo excited about growing coffee. Check this link out about an LA gardener growing her own coffee. We had a lovely afternoon, it was nice […]

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  • WATER RECLAMATION

    Finally the guys got around to working on the grey water reclamation reed bed. We hope to reuse the grey water from the wash, dishes and bath. By letting it filtrate we should be able to get good clean usable water to use in garden. It going to be really neat seeing it come together… […]

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  • HERE COMES THE SUN

    Ahhhh! The sun’s finally come out today, after two days straight of constant rain. It starting raining Thursday night and didn’t stop ’till late Saturday night. Our rain gauge measured about 2 plus inches of rain… can you imagine all of last year we only received 4 inches! Has El Nino arrived? The garden and […]

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  • HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?

    First real rain of the season! It was so nice to wake up during the night and hear the raindrops falling on the roof. It’s truly a blessing… we’ve gone too long without any significant rain. The plants and the garden are finally getting a much needed soaking. Time to go and dig up umbrellas […]

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