ON THE ‘STEAD

Keeping It Real

Sure we have a lot of goings on beyond our urban homestead lifestyle (websites, events, film, etc) and it’s good to keep things real where our readers can see and read first hand about what’s happening here on the ‘stead.

The ground was certainly wet this morning, but nothing in the way of any substantial rain – more like heavy mist.  Should be like this through the weekend.

Yesterday, Justin spent a couple hours whipping together another bee hive so when Farmer D goes in he can, if need be, divide the hive.

A friend of ours, spurred on by our beekeeping efforts, keeps coming by to borrow our smoker.  He’s on a mission to capture free bees – good luck D!   Hope this time around you get your bees.

In the garden, harvesting the last pounds of peppers and putting them up for winter use.   Lots of greens and fall crops (garlic, potatoes) being planted and the cooler weather does help.  Still battling harlequin bugs since we are finding pockets of resistances underneath the wood of the raised beds.  In the the backyard we have over 50 raised beds so you can imagine there’s lots of hide outs.

The towering summer crops are slowly coming down, bed by bed.  As the season changes so does our garden.  No more hiding amongst the towering beans, squashes and tomatoes.  Everything goes, er grows, low.

The pole lima beans are still producing like gangbusters and the hearty beans a welcome addition to our homegrown meals.

On the tinkering front, Justin’s a little peeved that the instructions seemed to have left out something leaving him unable to finish putting together his contraption.  He’s has been emailing the person he bought the plans from.  So far, no luck.   Too bad, he was so excited over this latest project of his and now he’s bummed.  Let’s hope the guy email’s him back.

Our winter preparations pale compared to other parts of the county, but there’s still somethings on the urban homestead we have to do.  So far, it’s not been cold enough to even come close to firing up the wood stove, but we’ll have to get around to contacting our friend who can get free scrap wood so we can start piling up stacks for the cold days ahead.

With the upcoming premier of HomeGrown in New York,  I think Jordanne summed it best when she commented that she was “happy and yet horrified.”  It will be interesting to see what folks have to say since we haven’t even seen the film ourselves.  So for those who will be attending we hope, at least, you get inspired to take on your very own sustainable journey – one step at a time.

Actually, the film’s producer is a bit apprehensive, worried that on an eve on a historic election that he’ll be screening the film to a 1/2 filled theatre.  He’s right.  It will be interesting to see the turn out.

Stay tuned for our weekly meal wrap up and more photos from here on the urban homestead.

Comments(8)

  1. Kiewies says:

    I would love to see some pictures of your hives, it sounds interesting.
    And good luck with the premier!

  2. Kiewies says:

    I would love to see some pictures of your hives, it sounds interesting.
    And good luck with the premier!

  3. gail says:

    We’ve been away for the week and missed your site . As soon as we got home checked out what has been going on at your place. You are all so inspiring.

  4. gail says:

    We’ve been away for the week and missed your site . As soon as we got home checked out what has been going on at your place. You are all so inspiring.

  5. Kate says:

    Good luck with your premiere in NYC. I can’t believe that the theatre will be only half full…I’m sure you will have a packed house!! I live in Central Pa, and would love to be there to see it and learn from it. I just found out about you from The Ethicurian’s web site. Used to be a chef, and began gardening about 9 years ago with no experience or knowledge, and each year brings exponential growth and rewards. Have found many great folks doing wonderful things as I continue to grow and learn, but I think your family is the most amazing I have read about so far- you are totally living a life I can only dream of at this point and I am so inspired by you. Thank you!

  6. Kate says:

    Good luck with your premiere in NYC. I can’t believe that the theatre will be only half full…I’m sure you will have a packed house!! I live in Central Pa, and would love to be there to see it and learn from it. I just found out about you from The Ethicurian’s web site. Used to be a chef, and began gardening about 9 years ago with no experience or knowledge, and each year brings exponential growth and rewards. Have found many great folks doing wonderful things as I continue to grow and learn, but I think your family is the most amazing I have read about so far- you are totally living a life I can only dream of at this point and I am so inspired by you. Thank you!

  7. rachel says:

    Of course the film debuts in NYC one month after I move away. Arrgh! Here’s hoping it comes to Seattle soon, as I can’t wait to see it.

  8. rachel says:

    Of course the film debuts in NYC one month after I move away. Arrgh! Here’s hoping it comes to Seattle soon, as I can’t wait to see it.

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