A pictorial post of life on a modern urban homestead.

What’s the story morning glory?

Fall/winter tomatoes

Sleepy goats

Curious chicken

Growing up – upscale growing methods

In the animal yard it is chow time!

The color purple

Creamy orange sunflower

Fall means clean up time here on the urban homestead.  And boy does the grounds of the urban homestead need a good cleaning!  Some parts are barren, some a little raggedy round the edges as summer overgrowth comes down (and is composted)

The ducks and chickens have pretty much finished their molting (that was quick – means they are healthy!) So now that they aren’t shedding any more feathers it was time to clean the animal yard, coop and houses with a layer of bedding (old bedding was thrown into our big cinder block compost bin.

We even spotted a few eggs in the nests!

While the temperatures are still warm and mild, the fall crops continue to be planted in the garden on a weekly basis.

Justin has gone into the cellar to bring out the row covers because even though the days are sunny and warm the nights are a bit chilly with temperatures hoovering around 32-30 degrees.

Pretty soon it will winter here so there’s lots to do to get the garden in order.

Today we gals are off to give a canning workshop to some local high school students — photos and stories about the “HARVEST HOMESTEADER” experience coming up and more!

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  1. Michelle says:

    I love that you’re giving a canning workshop to teens! Get them started early!

  2. Peter says:

    Canning is lots of work, but it is worth the effort.
    This way you know what is in the jar or can.
    I have canned using both Jars and Cans.
    My parents grew up during the depression on a large family farm in Alberta. They knew the importance of both food grown locally, and how to stretch the few dollars they got in those days. Personally, I can’t stand all the chemicals and preservatives that big companies foist on the publick.

  3. CE says:

    I am surprised to see Morining Glory growing there. We have terrible problems with it. It will take over a yard if even a bit is left, a tiny bit or root in the ground is all it takes. Yours is pretty but….
    I love those vertical plant trellises. Did you guys make them?

  4. Janice says:

    We have incessant morning glories that keep coming up too, but we like ’em. Deep purple ones. Great job on the young girls and learnin’em some good’ol fashioned canning! Actually, I envy them. I wish I knew how to can at that age. I started out late (like last year) and I’m 36 already! We’re not bored of your posts, just a bit busy with planting and baking for me. I’d like to hear more about Farmer Jules and Justin’s techniques on growin’ them veggies so darn good and big. (or is that a family secret?) Of course your soil has been conditioned to perfection for over 20 years compared to my measly 2 years so that probably has a lot to do with it, plus we don’t have chickens yet, so we’re getting by with store bought manures.

  5. Ben says:

    It really seems like you have a slice of paradise there. I think I would like to have something like what you have in my area (North Dakota).

  6. DoubleD says:

    All the garden areas and creatures look like they are going into winter in great condition. I love the renewal that occurs beginning with the fall “tidy up” process. I consider it the actual start of the new gardening season. So much of what we do in the fall is the foundation of the next growing year.

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