• URBAN HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

    We have been enjoying a week of warm and sunny weather aswe continue our spring and summer plantings. We are still significantly behind in normal rainfall. Normal is 19“, last yearwe had 16“, and this year we have had only 4“. The rainy season here is from Nov-May.  So the window is closing fast for […]

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  • AND THEY'RE UP!

    The heirloom tomatoes are up and so starts once again the insane madness of which there is no cure – as far as I know! A fellow gardener was kind enough to give us someMarianna Peace tomatoes (known as the “World’s Best Tasting Tomato”), which are all the “rage” this year and which seeds are […]

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  • AND THEY’RE UP!

    The heirloom tomatoes are up and so starts once again the insane madness of which there is no cure – as far as I know! A fellow gardener was kind enough to give us someMarianna Peace tomatoes (known as the “World’s Best Tasting Tomato”), which are all the “rage” this year and which seeds are […]

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  • WILLOW WATER

    Like to take cuttings and want to find a replacement for those unnatural rooting hormones? Make your own natural rooting hormone using willow branches. We tried out this technique last year and it worked quite well. We harvested the willows from the Arroyo Seco stream near our home. With one of the cutting we planted […]

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  • LOVING & CARING FOR THE PLANET

    As we try to reduce our footprints on the planet, we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment and our waste. As I mentioned in a previous entry, we bought a water-saving (22 gal) and energy saving washing machine. The next step was trying to reduce the use of detergents in the […]

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  • LOVING & CARING FOR THE PLANET

    As we try to reduce our footprints on the planet, we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment and our waste. As I mentioned in a previous entry, we bought a water-saving (22 gal) and energy saving washing machine. The next step was trying to reduce the use of detergents in the […]

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  • AROUND THE URBAN HOMESTEAD

    Already combing through the seed catalogs, we are trying to decide which new varieties tochoose and which old favorites to purchase again of those that did well lastyear.   We have to anticipate what the local caterers andrestaurants would purchase and plant accordingly. So much to choose from… We have already purchased heirloom tomato seeds – […]

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  • DREAMING OF SPRING

    Having cold weather lately with a few nighttime temps in the low 30’s. Just last night we got over 1 inch of rain. There have been a couple of storms that have passed through this month, bringing quite a lot of precipitation. We have been harvesting a variety of lettuces, chayote, our last bunch of […]

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  • VICTORY GARDEN EFFORTS

    The days are shorter, the air a bit cooler and trees are starting to lose their leaves–signs that its time to bring out the flannels andsweaters and start thinking what to plant for the winter days ahead. This year we planted sweet potatoes and yams and were pleasantly surprised with the harvest. You can’t beat […]

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  • CHANGE OF THE SEASON

    That cool, crisp feeling of fall is in the air. The long warm days of summer are coming to a close. Time to look forward to the fall and winter plantings. The summer crops are slowly winding down.  We have had a cooler than normal summer so the tomatoes, winter squash, melons, etc didn’t produce […]

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