AROUND THE URBAN HOMESTEAD


Edible landscaping, tomatoes around clay pot, chick under heat lamp,
installing solar attic fan


Calamondin, broccoli, chick in grass, wildflower beneficial border

Spring

Garden’s growing, flowers blooming. Spring is a lovely time of year.

El Chiquito (or La Chiquita)

3 day ol’ fluff ball is still doing well. It’s been eating and drinking already. The chick’s even preening itself and plays “worm” with its food.  

There’s little sympathy here for this little fella/gal as it’s being spoiled with all our attentions and not to mention our two cats. This little chick is definitely not lonely.   One reader asked if we could let our hen look after it. Well, she’s not been broody for sometime and it may be tough for her to adopt this baby.

Life just doesn’t always go as planned; we still have to do an autopsy on the three other eggs. Can’t understand why only one hatched while they all were in the same incubator.   At least we did have some success for our first attempt. Jordanne read about one lady who’s tried for 5 years and have never had any eggs hatch.

This chicky won’t be without chick companions for long; in the meantime, it can enjoy our spoiling attention.

Bone Dry

Los Angeles is facing its driest rain year on record. Only 2.47 inches of rain have fallen in downtown Los Angeles since July 1. In a normal year, more than 13 inches of rain would have fallen by now.”

Afreakish storm blew in on Tuesday, but did very little to wet the ground.

Speaking of this dire situation, the LA Times published a piece on the troubles ofusing graywater and how confusing it is for homeowners to get permits. Unfortunately, those in office are making it more complicated than it should be.

:: Helpful Links ::
California Graywater Guidebook [PDF] California Graywater Law [PDF]

BOOKMARKS

S.F. FIRST CITY TO BAN PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS {SF Gate}

Supermarkets and chain pharmacies will have to use recyclable or compostable sacks
Paper or plastic? Not anymore in San Francisco. The city’s Board of Supervisors approved groundbreaking legislation Tuesday to outlaw plastic checkout bags at large supermarkets in about six months and large chain pharmacies in about a year.
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Mercury in Energy-Saving Bulbs Worries Scientists {ENN}

Mercury is poisonous, but it’s also a necessary part of most compact fluorescent bulbs, the kind that environmentalists and some governments are pushing as a way to cut energy use. With an estimated 150 million CFLs sold in the United States in 2006 and with Wal-Mart alone hoping to sell 100 million this year, some scientists and environmentalists are worried that most are ending up in garbage dumps. Mercury is probably best-known for its effects on the nervous system. The Mad Hatter in the classic children’s book “Alice in Wonderland” was based on 19th-century hat makers who were continually exposed to the toxin. Mercury can also damage the kidneys and liver, and in sufficient quantities can cause death.
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New, Previously Unknown Climate Zones Seen by 2100 {ENN}

Global warming could re-make the world’s climate zones by 2100, with some polar and mountain climates disappearing altogether and formerly unknown ones emerging in the tropics, scientists said Monday. And when climate zones vanish, the animals and plants that live in them will be at greater risk of extinction, said Jack Williams, lead author of a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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Spring Break
Due to spring holy days and a case of overload and burn out, we are taking a much needed break away from the computer and journal postings.   Back on Monday, April 9th.    Happy Spring.

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  1. Jan says:

    Hi everyone! I have a friend that has been hatching eggs without a turner and very few hatched.I have a turner and been getting 80-90% to hatch and am on my third batch.So far I have 47 babies. Have a nice day!

  2. littlejennywren says:

    Happy spring to you too. Hope you enjoy your break.

  3. David says:

    Is that clay pot acting as a heat radiator to stimulate the tomatoes? I noticed my matoes last year growing more successful by the red concrete heat absorbing & radiating borders. Happy Palm Sunday & Passover & Days of Unleavened Bread & much deserved siesta to ya all.

  4. Nancy Kelly says:

    I hope you all are having a lovely week and enjoying the beautiful weather!

    I can’t wait to see the next photos of Mr. or Ms. Chick. Chick will be so much bigger!

    I have finally buried the olla in the strawberry bed.

    Nancy

  5. aaron says:

    an only child. it’ll be interesting to see if s/he “plays well with others”. my best to all at ptf.

    aaron

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