Clay pot irrigation tomato bed. Cassidy, our cat, sleeps among the rows of tomatoes
Plants are heavy with sun ripen tomatoes. No salmonella worries on our farm!
It’s a jungle out there. Lady bug earth oven nestles amongst the garden greenery
Backyard garden growing up!
The garden giants take over! The four corners of the yard are packed, stacked with vegetables, herbs and fruits.
A berry good harvest of strawberries
Huckleberries! You know I always wondered who was the first (er, last) to realize that this deadly nightshade look a like was edible.
Cukes alive! It’s picklin’ time
Summer’s not complete without homegrown tomatoes
So many interesting things are happening here on the urban homestead It’s hard to write about that’s going on but I’ll try to give a sense of summer time on the ‘stead.
First off, it’s going to be hot and humid once again. I know I said this before, but what is up with the humidity – could someone please tell me this is NOT normal. We are in in SoCal – think scrub brush and cactus for petes sake. Is the increase in humidity what we should expect from now on?
Around the Urban Homestead
We have three broody hens so the chicken house once again is under lock down. Of course the lock down causes a bit of a raucous since the broodies are all uptight – feathers puffed, head down and cluck cluck clucking. Of course, the non broody hens can’t stand the insane antics of the broody ones so there’s some internal, shunning issues amongst the ladies. I know it’s a bit rude, but we find broody hens hilarious. Yeah, I know, we need to get a life. But hey, that’s our form of cheap entertainment and that is our life.
The homestead bees are steadily working all the bloomin’ herbs. Towards evening the air is perfumed with the sweet scent of honey. Make one stop for minute to inhale the sweet, herbal aroma. They guys will be checking on the hive soon – perhaps harvest some more summer honey.
In the summer most of the delicate green salad crops are grown in containers or under larger shading vegetables. With the intense heat, our mobile “greens” containers been moved to the northwest side of the house under the passive cooling trellis that’s covered in colorful scarlet runner beans.
The garden is growing like crazy and the harvest is pouring in – huckleberries, apples, peaches, strawberries, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, beans and more. So the kitchen is packed with all sorts of homegrown vegetables and fruits so I know who I’ll be spending time with from now on.
I don;t know about you, but we like to play music while we’re jammin’ – what about ya’ll? What tunes do whistle to while you work? Right now we are in an 80’s sort of mood – 10,000 Maniacs, Cranberries & REM make up much our play list this week.
Back to gardening…
We were discussing the other day that the growing season feels like it’s a month behind schedule. Are you fellow SoCal gardeners also sensing this? Aren’t you seeing firsthand that the season’s a “little off” again this year?
For the July 4th gathering our garden provided us with a wonderful harvest blessing. I know I forgot to take a picture (bummer), but we contributed three tasty homegrown salads for the potluck.
1. a cool, refreshing cucumber and dill salad with dressing
2. summer salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, arugula and basil with homemade Italian dressing
3. the evening’s ultimate hit a homegrown fruit bowl with apples, peaches, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries with chopped pineapple sage and lemon verbena.
It’ll be a busy week in kitchen this week with preserving the garden’s bounty, so posting will be lighter than usual.
Ya”ll can join in the fun! If you haven’t already accepted your preserving assignment then join fellow recruits at Harvest Keeper Challenge
I’ll be hanging out with Mr Cuke & Ms Apple how about you?
Imagine…. $200 a barrel oil
Quince Urban Homestead – nominated for Freedom Gardener of the month
Hmmm, wonder who’s next month nomination will be?
Another busy week for us. Besides the everyday goings on this week there are meetings, speaking engagements coming up, an inspirational film screening event to plan and another challenge to issue to all you new recruits.
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