The weather changed over night – weather whiplash we call it!  After being spoiled with a week or so days of 80 degree temps, it’s dipped back into the 60’s with a chance of rain today and more next week.

Continuing with our pictorial posting blitz….

Playfulness! Jordanne and Fairlight make faces at each other

A week with no rain, no clouds so out comes the solar ovens

Jordanne takes a break from cleaning up the animal area, enjoying one of Farmer Sergio’s oranges

After a long winter, there’s lots of work to be done.  Like Jordanne said “gotta whip the urban homestead back into tip top shape!”  Couldn’t have said it better myself.


Can I have a wedge?

Folks like to know where we get our soil from,  we “grow” it.  Or actually these guys (above) do.

Took out 8 large trugs will with “dirt” (decomposed mulch, straw, shavings, greens and animal manure) from the animal enclosure.   The soil will be used the raised beds, pots and soil block making mixture.

We do this two times a year – so the manure is cold and ready to be put directly into the garden.

That reminds me, gotta get on the stick and start whipping out more soil blocks — and soon!

Chickens “help” move the soil and grab some juicy worms.

Estella always with her face in the camera.  Camera hogger you!

Last year’s mulch, compost is this years soil.

After hauling about a foot or two of new soil out of the animal enclosure, we let the soil sun dry for a few days (thanks to all the rains we been having this winter)  Then we will spray with EM mixture and then cover the soil with a fresh layer of mulch.

Being in the city, we have to consider the 10th element of the urban homestead – be a good neighbor.  Considerate of our surroundings, so we are very diligent in keeping the animal enclosure clean.  So clean in fact that folks don’t even know we have animals.

Ducks get in on the action too.

Rest time!  After devouring all those worms, need a nap!!!

Hope you are enjoying the pictorial post so far – comments have been strangely quiet!

Stay tuned for more.

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  1. Debbie Boutelier says:

    I just “discovered” your website within the last 2 months and have become a dedicated follower. I have two acres in a small city that I have been converting to a homestead for the last 8 years. Alas, I am doing this by myself as the rest of my family members are not interested. (They do enjoy the benefits however.) I thoroughly enjoy all of your postings, especially the pictures. It is nice to know that there are like-minded folks in other places. Keep up the great work! My question to you is – do you take the finished “soil” directly from the coop and put it in the garden without giving the fresh manure a chance to compost? It doesn’t burn your plants?

  2. Becky says:

    thanks for all the pics, it cheers up my sunless days in rochester, ny. i’ve been haunting your website for over a year now. i wasn’t able to have a garden last year due to moving and having a baby. so i’m living vicariously through your blog to get my gardening fix. i think what you’re doing is amazing.

  3. Sarah says:

    I love that I was away from the computer for a day, and I come back and there are so many new pics! As always, great to see another farm at work!

  4. jengod says:

    Thanks for talking about using your animal bedding as mulch/compost. I know that soil/manure talk isn’t as glam as covering animals and gardens, but I’m fascinated by it and would love to see more posts about how you guys build your soil!

  5. sarah says:

    Inspiring photos 🙂 You can tell there is a springtime anticipation underway in each one…here in Nz we have the deliciousness of autumn coming upon us, and winter is looming not far away! Always enjoy reading your posts 🙂

  6. Chris says:

    Beautiful! The animals look so happy and content. Blessings, C

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