Living in Southern California, there’s not really much down time for us homesteaders-farmers. Only one more month left in 2010 and already projects and plans are being hatched for 2011.
Jordanne & I are working on the middle bed room/turned craft room. Trying to get a grip on organization and such (folks are always giving us fabrics and yarn… and books!). Like to turn it into a music room too.
The other day we had another evening of music. Sure wish I had taken pictures! It was quite the quaint scene with two girls in the kitchen strumming away on banjo and guitar while apple butter bubbled on the stove top. Oh, and not to mention chocolate cake!
Now that the whole backyard garden is protected in floating row cover the farming chores turn to pruning the fruit trees, finding places for some “homeless” edibles along with cleaning up dead underbrush and fallen leaves (turning that into next year’s soil)
In the barnyard, we are looking forward to adding to our chicken flock next spring. The hardest part is which heritage breed to choose. Chooks are like cookies, you can’t have just ONE! We LIKE them all but, alas, can’t happen. Should we get more Belgian banties or cochins? What about some Barred Rocks, Wyndottes or Orphington. Jeez, we are going to have to pick – eeny, meeny, miney moe!
The feral bee hive we saved from the Arroyo Seco is thriving and feasting on the flowering perennial basil, avocado and citrus.
We are pretty excited about the harvest totals this year. Goes to show you that small spaces can be productive (and beautiful) if you grow the soil first! I’m even amazed that after 10 years of intensive growing efforts continues to put out such high yields. Sorta reminds me of the widow and the olive oil Bible story. The earth gives back blessings with faith and hard work.
Here’s another round of snapshots from the urban homestead – enjoy!