Some of elements of a complete urban homestead: intensively productive garden, cob oven, solar ovens, outdoor shower, shed, solar panels (on garage), bees (can you see spot ’em?) clothes line and at least three composters.
I finally got around to updating some of the harvest stats, egg count and honey production (see left hand column)
Even with the wacky weather year, we’ve managed to squeeze out (so far) over 4,000lbs of produce, over 2,000 eggs and 25 lbs of honey. No doubt what the earth has provided is certainly a blessing.
With the garden in transition and many beds with bare earth exposed (waiting for the seedling transplants) the resident urban farmers have declared an all out assault on the harlequin bugs. In their arsenal is hot pepper and pyretheum. Justin commented the other day “that [he] can’t stand the site of them any more – they are gonna die!” Yep, good ol nature Justin is on a mission to murder every and all harlequin bug in sight. I wouldn’t want to be a harlequin bug.
What’s Growing On?
We are busy with fall and winter plantings. In to the garden go radish, potatoes, onions, garlic, broccoli, peas, cabbage, assortment of all sorts of salad and asian greens. We are hoping for a better brassica crop this year. Last winter’s was pretty warm and dry so the winter vegetables didn’t do too well. Me, I am hoping for some huge cabbage. I really want to make a big crock of sauerkraut.
How’s your garden shaping up?