Enjoying a spell of warm weather, work in the garden has been put first and foremost.  Especially if we are trying to reach 10k.   This week quite a lot of the raised beds went through another succession plantings.  Also the guys took this winter transition period to rebuild/replace some of the wood in the raised beds. 

:: Raised Bed References ::

Raised-Bed Gardening
Best materials for building a raised

Nearly twenty years ago our soil looked like this…… and now it looks like this


The soil was so dry and non absorbant that when water was applied the water would run off like oil.  Building soil, naturally and organically, takes time but the overall results are worth it.  How did we build the soil?  Lots (loads) of mulch (free tree trimming and straw), compost,  rock dust, effective mirco organisms, animal and green manure.   It took years, but eventually worms returned and the plants health improved. 

:: Building Healthy Soil References ::

Building Healthy Soil
Sustainable Soil Management


The journal readership has increased thanks to the recent reposting of the Natural Home & Garden magazine, the recent photo spread in Mother Earth News and fellow travelers and homegrown revolutionaries in the blogsphere that have joined the 100 Ft Diet-Victory Garden Challenge.

A warm welcome to all veteran and newbie readers alike.   PTF entire site is going… growing through some major improvements so please be patient if there are some problems you are experiencing.

Yes, we are aware that the catergories have dissapeared —  there’s still work being done to the journal to optimize your browsing enjoyment. Since yesterday a “search” element has been added, located at the top pf the right side column (under our black cochin’s photo).

Stay tuned for more exciting projects …. and thanks for your support

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  1. Crystal says:

    are the cattle panels to keep the chickens from scratching in the beds… or to help w/organization?

  2. Urban Homesteader says:

    Hello Crystal

    The metal trellises have dual purpose here on the urban homestead:

    1. trellising
    2. covering beds to keep neighboring cats from using the new beds as litter boxes

    Urban Homesteader

  3. Devin Quince says:

    Your pictures are great to look at, especially with the below 0F weather here in MN. We are looking forward to Spring and the warm weather to start building our raised beds!

  4. anita says:

    Thanks for the links, and the info… our soil looks just like your “before” picture and will barely even grow grass!

  5. Talithia says:

    First off I check your site for updates every morning while drinking my coffee before waking up the Children. Thank you for giving so much of yourselves . I was wondering what I should use here in Florida for insect control. Our squash last year was destroyed in 2 days by something. Any organic insecticides on the market that I could get at a store or make. Hugs to all, Talithia

  6. David says:

    Informative links to help on my quest of ever improving my slowly developing garden soil. Thanks for the inspiration through perspiration & new journal. A slamming HIGH ^5 to all you urban farmers @ the Stead.

  7. Becca says:

    Thanks for posting the before and after soil pictures. What an inspiration! We still have “urban” soil which is close to that in your before pictures. In the last year I’ve turned it (it was so compacted that I had to jump on the shovel!), added our first 2 batches of finished compost, and grown stuff. It’s starting to look a bit better, and I’ve even spotted worms a couple of times. 🙂 Another few years…

  8. Anais says:

    Greetings fellow travelers,

    Thanks for everyone’s great bunch of comments. It’s exciting to read about everyone’s gardening projects.

    Keep on growing!

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