SNAPSHOTS FROM THE URBAN HOMESTEAD

Fall crops: broccoli, fava beans and calamondin

Backyard barnyard

Answers from the Urban Homestead

Q. We are renovating an old house that survived the tornado that destroyed 95% of our town… we are using your yard as a guide to the yard! Ours is just a bit smaller, and our city code prohibits anything in the front yard that grows over 1 foot tall, but we are planning on having as little grass as possible… and producing as much edibles as possible!Could you recommend some herbs or other plants that would grow under the 1 foot limit? We thought about putting vining things like cucumbers and pumpkins there are just letting them run along the ground…- Anita

A. Anita, thank you for your positive comments. Sorry to hear of your town’s loss, you’ve been certainly blessed. Glad you find our site inspirational, we are blessed to share our journey with you and your family.

Wow, I find that city code quite odd. Am I understanding this right, does that mean you can’t say plant ornamentals like azaleas, roses, camellias, or even an ornamental tree?   Having received many similar emails from folks over the years like yourself, it seems “country” codes are stricter than city ones.   Of course, not in all cases — but it’s true in most that we’ve heard from.

Vining vegs are a good idea, so are patio tomatoes which grow under a foot, tubers (like potatoes) all sorts of salad greens are low growers    As for herbs: trailing rosemary, mints, thymes, sages (most herbs can be kept low you just have to keep them trimmed and not let them go to flower or seed) Browse/study a seed catalog like Johnny’s they give good height descriptions.

BTW: Johnny’s latest “commercial grower’s catalog we received in the mail features a young woman working in the fields – barefoot! Way to go. With a few of us urban homesteaders being barefooters ourselves – we work in the garden and even the animal area barefoot. Our bare feet touches dirt, manure (duck, chicken, goat), straw, hay and tree mulch — all sorts of things throughout the day and we are healthier for it. Having grown up running around the 10 acres in Florida barefoot, I find it hard to wear any shoes. So, if I have to dress up I stick with open toed or back sandals.

Barefootin’ is a great way to connect with the land, especially your garden. Who needs to spend money on garden boots, shoes (well, only when it muddy and cold do “wellies” come in handy ) How many of you don’t wear any shoes when your out in garden or doing chores around the homestead?   

Homegrown vegetable melody with organic rice

Homegrown Diet

Urban homesteaders, living and eating off tour 66′ x 132′ piece of land.

Harvest update: first spears of broccoli

This weeks menu:

Saturday

B – homemade pomegranate waffles made with homegrown pomegranates, homeraised eggs, local raw milk and organic flour

L – out

D – out

Sunday

B – homemade granola with homegrown pomegranate seeds

L – homegrown lima bean and green soup

D – same

Monday

B – homemade granola with homegrown pomegranate seeds

L – homegrown lima bean and green soup

D – organic spicy mac & cheese with homegrown tomatoes and peppers with homegrown salad topped with pomegranate seeds with homemade honey mustard dressing

Tuesday

B – homemade granola with homegrown pomegranate seeds

L – steamed homegrown limas with homegrown salad topped with pomegranate seeds

D – homegrown vegs (limas, peppers, tomatoes, herbs) with organic rice and homemade lemon thyme/chive butter with homegrown salad topped with homegrown pomegranate seeds with homemade honey mustard dressing

Wednesday

B – homemade granola with homegrown pomegranate seeds

L – homegrown lima bean and green soup

D – homegrown vegs (limas, peppers, tomatoes, herbs) with organic rice and homemade lemon thyme/chive butter with homegrown salad topped with homegrown pomegranate seeds with homemade honey mustard dressing

Thursday

B – homemade granola with homegrown pomegranate seeds

L – homegrown lima bean and green soup

D – pizza topped with homegrown broccoli, peppers and tomatoes and cheese with homegrown salad topped with homegrown pomegranate seeds with homemade honey mustard dressing

Friday

B – homemade granola with homegrown pomegranate seeds

L – homegrown broccoli with organic potatoes and homegrown salad topped with homegrown peppers, tomatoes and pomegranate seeds with homemade honey mustard dressing

D – homemade bread, homegrown salad topped with homegrown pomegranate seeds with homemade honey mustard dressing, organic whole wheat pasta served with homemade tomato sauce (homegrown tomatoes, onions, basil, herbs and tomatoes)

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  1. Anita says:

    Thank you for answering my questions… It is odd, but there have been a lot of odd things going on here since the storm… I hadn’t even thought about tubers!
    Thanks again!
    BTW – Your pictures are just gorgeous!

  2. Susan says:

    We have thistles, so I wear shoes. Curious about your waffles- do you have a cast iron waffle maker that goes on a stove burner?

  3. Fern says:

    Soon I’ll have chicken pics of my own – on Friday, after Thanksgiving, I’m getting two Iowa Blue and two Barred Rock hens. Who ever would have thought that chickens would be offered on Freecycle?

  4. Susan says:

    I’d love to go barefoot, but I have been “blessed” with goatheads and fire ants! I’m almost desperate enough to call in Orkin–please tell me you know of a non-toxic way to escort these critters from the yard!!

  5. kristine says:

    i go barefoot a lot, even in the goat/chicken areas and even though my husband protests (we have lots of old broken glass left by the previous owners). i was raised on a farm and the only non-barefoot rule was when we were around the horses for safety resons (i used to kick off my shoes as soon as i got on them).