• URBAN CHICKENS & GARDENING

    Purchased some tropical fruit from the folks at Long Beach Organics and local nurseries {Burkard’s & Armstrong’s}.   We are hoping to get more edible fruits incorporated in the yard. There is still (can you believe?) a lot of “dead space” and it will be challenging to fill every square inch of the yard. The […]

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  • CLIMATE CHANGE & GARDENING

      *Sigh*, The heirloom tomatoes are not producing as they had in previous years. Because of the continual fluctuation of temperature (cool one day, scorcher the next) the tomatoes have stayed green on the vine for a considerably long time. When we do harvest the ripe ones, the flavor isn’t as good… sort of bland […]

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  • CLIMATE CHANGE & GARDENING

      *Sigh*, The heirloom tomatoes are not producing as they had in previous years. Because of the continual fluctuation of temperature (cool one day, scorcher the next) the tomatoes have stayed green on the vine for a considerably long time. When we do harvest the ripe ones, the flavor isn’t as good… sort of bland […]

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  • BEING THE CHANGE, LIVING THE SOLUTION

      Heirloom tomatoes on vine. The garden is growing, but not like previous years. We are having trouble with the peppers–they seem to be taking their own sweet time to grow. With the hot temps we’vebeen having, the peas quit producing earlier than lastyear. Right now there is a lull in our veggie harvest and […]

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  • CHICKS & SMALL STEPS

      All Things Bright and Beautiful,All Creatures Great and Small,All Things Wild and Wonderful,The Lord God Made Them All. ~ Cecil Francis Alexander This month has been a busy one! A few weeks ago we received the babybantam chicks through the mail and they neededconstant care and looking after. Now,two weeks later, they are sprouting […]

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  • CHICKS & SMALL STEPS

      All Things Bright and Beautiful,All Creatures Great and Small,All Things Wild and Wonderful,The Lord God Made Them All. ~ Cecil Francis Alexander This month has been a busy one! A few weeks ago we received the babybantam chicks through the mail and they neededconstant care and looking after. Now,two weeks later, they are sprouting […]

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  • 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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