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It’s a jungle out there
On the preservation front
On the Homefront
Well, it was bound to happen sometime. Didn’t think we’d escape the summer with out it. The dog days of summer are upon us with a bit of humidity thrown in for good measure.
The harvest is slowly picking up, though some of our tomatoes plants are looking pretty haggard so will not waste nursing them along and give them a good burial and plant new ones hoping for a late summer harvest.
We’ve almost controlled the harlequin bugs which decimated our summer salad green crop. June Bugs are falling out of the sky and littering the garden living their last pathetic moments on their backs.
The eggplant and a peppers are growing tall and strong. Last year we had giant eggplant plants – one reached nearly 9 feet high!
Late summer and fall planting preparations are underway.
Another batch of canning done to preserve more figs, peppers, beans and apples. Hopefully setting up another crop swap this afternoon with a local lady who has some delicious plums. Trading some our excess figs and green beans.
Fairlight, one of our goats, had a touch of tummy troubles. She seems to have a rather delicate tummy when it comes to changes. We thought it could have been because of the change in the weather or it could be neighbors who have a new dog, which constantly barks starting in the wee morning hours and continuing throughout the day. Today, she seems to be doing better, but you can sense she doesn’t like the dog yelping all the time. Of course, it’s not only her, our nerves are a rattled with the constant high pitched barking.
Another round of broody hens, so the coop is under a temporarily lockdown and they of course aren’t too pleased.
We got our utility bill and were pleasantly surprise to see that from last year we cut our water bill more than HALF! Could it be the ollas or rock dust? Or that after 20 or so years, our soil is finally reaching optimize moisture retention?
Also our energy bill was slightly less. We are already low, but going lower is a plus. Our monthly electricity bill is $12 and $5 of which is service fees. Here on the urban homestead we generate 3/4 of our own electricity with 12 solar panels that our mounted on the south side of the garage (which we installed ourselves in 2003 — 2/3 of the cost were rebated by the City of Pasadena)
There’s also been a rash of calls for duck eggs. Everybody it seems want duck eggs. So I informed Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and Dawn that their eggs are in demand these days.
Continuing to use the outdoor shower facilities and enjoying every bit knowing that we are saving water and reducing our impact. With giant bananas leaves towering over the shower, sweet jasmines perfuming the air and occasionally a bee to stop in, you step into another world tuck “secretly” away here on the urban homestead.
We are working overtime to complete FreedomGardens.org (now over 700 members and growing) and are talking about fixing LHITC since there seems to be viewer issues and we need to fix the category search.
Stay tuned for Freedom Garden of the Month hightlights nd hopefully our ‘Tally Hoe’ Contest where we’ll FG guess our harvest tally for the month of July (1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded)
Oh, and supposedly the second most read newspaper here in LA, La Opinion, is going to be running a story about the urban homestead this weekend ( I believe Saturday)