HOT COLD HOT COLD

From sweaters to tank tops back to sweaters again. The seesaw weather pattern that was so prevalent this year continues to play havoc both plants and people.

One week the goats are growing their winter undercoats and the next they are wishing they hadn’t started! This week the heat was really intense – with the sun lower in the horizon 100 degrees felt more like 120.   The stifling heat didn’t help the tender salad crop, but what remained of the summer vegetable garden loved it.

Flip flop and we’ve dropped 30 degrees with a chance of rain in the forecast.  What a weird year this has been, one of the wackiest weather year’s ever.

The chickens and duckies are molting and suffice to say it was a good molt.  No problems, so far.  Our feather friends feathers are all coming in nicely.

Summer harvest are still trickling in,  meaning there’s still a lot of preservation going on.  The solar ovens were heavily used this week with lots of solar cooked meals.  And I’m becoming aqauinted and loving my new Tulsi Hybrid Solar Oven!  Sounds silly, but solar ovens are not like inanimate gas or electric stove.  One learns and gets to know the workings of a solar oven.  It’s not just passive cooking, it’s passionate cooking.

There’s bees to be taken care of, diy care mechanics (Justin’s still tinkering with the old,new Mercedes), winter preparations, finding and salvaging wood for heat and just overall maintainance of the urban homestead.

The other day we were discussing some greywater and replumbing projects and anything else we can tackle to make the urban homestead more self reliant especially in what seems to be hard times ahead.

We talked about tightening our belts – hey, we are used to that!  It’s about making do or doing without and we here on the urban homestead can always improve our efficiency.  Sometimes we overlook the little steps and it’s good to take stock and go back to basics.

One suggestion was to save money by not making homemade granola since there’s quite a few non homegrown ingredients involved.  With prices of food going up and our wanting not to be so dependent on too many store ingredients it’s time to simplify.   So with the cooler weather, good old (organic) oatmeal topped with homegrown preserves will be the mainstay breakfast here on the urban homestead.   The times they are a’changing and we have to too!

It’s been a productive week.   Found a local Freedom Gardener with extra maters!   Stocked up on more homegrown preserves, fall garden preparations and the likes.

Speaking of Freedom Gardens the site has topped 1,125 members and growing daily!  Not familiar with our sister site?  It’s a social network filled with great advice and people.  An online meeting place where you connect, grow and share both in passion and purpose.  Let’s get growing!

:: Field Hand Appreciation ::

Thank you JG $25  KD $5  GM $10  CICLE $25 for your generous support.  Your donations have come at a vital and opportune time for PTF.  During this time of finicial crises, your donations are helping us invest in growing the future bringing about practical solutions for hard times.  It may not look like we are progessing much, but behind the scenes there are new and exiting things to come!   Thank you again, we value and truly appreciate your support – you are helping us help you!

Comments(10)

  1. Susy says:

    We’re having the same kind of weather here in Ohio.

    We’re also trying to be a little more self-sustaining here. We grew more of our own food this year than we ever have, we’re trying to not much pre-made things and we’ve been buying and preserving things from the local farmer’s market. We’re enjoying delicious oat groats for breakfast now that it’s fall here and hopefully we’ll be eating locally all winter long with our summer/fall of preparations.

    We’re considering a wood burner for winter heat (have a family member willing to give us a really nice one for FREE) and we live in the woods, so no lack of free fuel. We only have to install the chimney for it.

    Love Freedom Gardeners I’ve been telling everyone I know and putting up posters around town.

  2. Susy says:

    We’re having the same kind of weather here in Ohio.

    We’re also trying to be a little more self-sustaining here. We grew more of our own food this year than we ever have, we’re trying to not much pre-made things and we’ve been buying and preserving things from the local farmer’s market. We’re enjoying delicious oat groats for breakfast now that it’s fall here and hopefully we’ll be eating locally all winter long with our summer/fall of preparations.

    We’re considering a wood burner for winter heat (have a family member willing to give us a really nice one for FREE) and we live in the woods, so no lack of free fuel. We only have to install the chimney for it.

    Love Freedom Gardeners I’ve been telling everyone I know and putting up posters around town.

  3. Di says:

    Yep crazy weather! Though we do need the rain! This is the weirdest weather year since I’ve lived here (since 2001)

  4. Di says:

    Yep crazy weather! Though we do need the rain! This is the weirdest weather year since I’ve lived here (since 2001)

  5. rhonda jean says:

    We are having record highs and lows here too. Crazy! It plays havoc with the animals. Good luck with all your endeavours. The work you’re all doing is vital.

  6. rhonda jean says:

    We are having record highs and lows here too. Crazy! It plays havoc with the animals. Good luck with all your endeavours. The work you’re all doing is vital.

  7. P~ says:

    In Utah, we get your weather right after you. Yesterday was near 80, and by monday we’ll be near freezing. I have some weather mitigating ideas though, I’m not going down without a fight. LOL
    P~

  8. P~ says:

    In Utah, we get your weather right after you. Yesterday was near 80, and by monday we’ll be near freezing. I have some weather mitigating ideas though, I’m not going down without a fight. LOL
    P~

  9. Jandra says:

    Hi freedom path walkers,
    Just thought to say ‘Hello from the Netherlands’. You have an inspiring website! It’s the third year now that I have an allotment and I haven’t purchased any veg in months. Am also canning and freezing, so I hope to be able to avoid the veg section of the shops for quite a while yet.
    The climate over here is very different; we now have typical blustery, rainy weather and temps of 40-50 F. No growing oranges for us and only the figs in the poly tunnel ripened, the one next to our house is laden with fruit, but none of it will ripen this year because the summer was too cool. The season is really winding down here.
    Jandra

  10. Jandra says:

    Hi freedom path walkers,
    Just thought to say ‘Hello from the Netherlands’. You have an inspiring website! It’s the third year now that I have an allotment and I haven’t purchased any veg in months. Am also canning and freezing, so I hope to be able to avoid the veg section of the shops for quite a while yet.
    The climate over here is very different; we now have typical blustery, rainy weather and temps of 40-50 F. No growing oranges for us and only the figs in the poly tunnel ripened, the one next to our house is laden with fruit, but none of it will ripen this year because the summer was too cool. The season is really winding down here.
    Jandra

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