URBAN HOMESTEAD REPORT

Fall has certainly arrived for good, along with much needed showers of rain. The cool weather is unusually early and the rainfall that we had in October shattered 100 year records.

The transition of seasons has the garden winding down and many of the plants have gone into hibernation. The drastic flux of temperatures has stunted some of the seedlings — especially the lettuce.

JC harvested a handful of peas — the first of the season! We’re anticipating other first harvests such as the sweet potatoes which will be ready in a few weeks.

Twins

HAY HO! Last week, we picked up 10 straw bales from a local health food store that were destined to be thrown away once their Halloween display “expired.”

With 14 bales in the garage, we have almost enough to build a part of a straw bale house …. er, maybe just a wall.

With all the unexpected expenses that have arisen over the last few month, we’ve had to scale back our outreach program and concentrate on making some additional supplemental income to pay off the unexpected car debt

We have loads of the Italian Tromobocino squash, most of it dried — and the plant keeps going and going and going…

Dried, these heirloom squash are a decent substitute for winter squash or pumpkin.   They made a tasty “pumpkin” soup so we will be having many other “pumpkin” dishes in the following weeks to come.

When used young and green they can substitute in recipes calling for zucchini.

CHICKEN ELECTION

The cooler temps have affected the chickens, they are molting and not laying any eggs. Molting chickens are quite a sight – talk about a bad hair day. Poor gals, they’re bald in some parts (could use some Rogaine.) Chicken feathers lay everywhere.

There’s been an election of sorts in chicken hierarchy: a shift of power has occurred. Peggoty, the lowest in the pecking order has moved up two spots and poor Scarlett is currently on the low rung.

Outstand Award Participants with Mayor of Pasadena               Jules receiving award

OUTSTANDING RECYCLERS AWARD

City to present recycling awards

Pasadena will honor employee, 5 groups for environment awareness

Path to Freedom, a family-operated urban farm, won the award in recognition of its work to preserve natural resources. Path to Freedom has converted a suburban lot into an edible landscape that provides habitat for wildlife and insects and incorporates water- saving techniques, organic pest management, reuse, recycling and energy conservation. The family grows enough produce to supply its own needs plus several restaurants and caterers in the area. (Pasadena Star News)

Weather Report: Crisp, fall like.

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