The week started off with record breaking heat wave which really through people, plants and animals alike for a loop. We don’t expect it this hot so soon. As the hills above Pasadena burned ash descended on the urban homestead – covering everything with a grey powder. Not very good on the eyes and lungs.
Thanks to those who left comments of concern, we were well out of any danger. But it’s still scary none the less.
While we were roasting under an unusual heat wave, one acquaintance wrote that they expect 1-3″ of snow where they were (out East). The dramatic difference of weather pattern leaves one wondering if we are once again feeling the effects of climate change.
Justin plants tomatoes using ollas as irrigation
How Does Our Garden Grow
The garden’s picking up. Farmer D tallied the totals for the month of April and our harvest total for this year is 1,130 pounds. Only 9,000 more to grow!
The urban farm production is slowly creeping upwards. This week on the veggie front harvested more potatoes (~ 10 lbs) and the snow peas & broccolis producing a second flush of spears. On the fruit front, loads of delicious strawberries (~12 lbs) are ripening and the loquats (~15 lbs) are ready for picking.
It’s official! Canning season has started here on the urban homestead. Time to dust off the empty canning jars and restock the pantry with homegrown, home preserved goodies.
Justin mixes up his weekly batch of EM to spray the garden and animal enclosure
Greenhouse filled with trays of soil blocks and seedlings
Seed sowing, transplanting and plantings are growing on a daily basis. This week more tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil, eggplants were planted in various raised beds and containers.
Farming is in full swing here on the urban homestead. Every available empty space is full of flats with soil blocks and baby seedlings are everywhere. The garden is teeming with plants. Spring fever is heating up.
The Animal Farm
We have a batch of broody chickens (4 of them) who cluck around, fluffing and ruffling their feathers – all on a mission to hatch those phantom eggs. Quite a funny sight to say the least.
Bella had a relapse with sour crop early this week. So we once again put her on our “special sour crop curing” recipe which cleared it up immediately.
We also received word that some fertile duck eggs that we sold to someone who was interested in raising ducks are now hatching. How exciting. Wish we were there to see the magic. I’ll have to inform Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy that they are now officially parents to nearly a dozen balls of fluff.
On the Homefront
Everyone’s busy with each of our different projects we are working on. Besides the everyday homestead lifestyle, we are working on a few other “outreach” projects which we hope will be finished soon.
Thanks to all who showed up on Tuesday for the “impromptu” potluck. We appreciated your taking time off your busy weeknight schedule to make this event such a success!
Farmer D re-aggravated his ankle so he’s been hobbling around. This urban homesteading lifestyle is a team effort. Everyone works towards making things run smoothing so when someone is out of action, the rest pitch in.
Solar ovens cooking dinner
With the longer days and warmer temps the sun ovens have come out of hibernation and are helping us cook up low impact homegrown meals.
P.S. For those of you who are interested our lost PTF sign that we accidentially left behind at one of the Earth Day festivals was, unfortunately, never found. So if you by chance see a homemade wood/twig sign laying in the street around Wilshire or a dumpster please give us a call. FYI – there is a reward to be offered 😉
Out & About
Farmer D will be giving roughly a 2 hour presentation tomorrow at Ten Thousand Villages on Lake Ave in Pasadena (11am)
All and all it’s been a busy couple weeks. It’s May already? April – she just flew by. Stay tuned for a day in the pioneer life… and much more!
In fact, on Sunday I hope to finally getting around to posting our homestead meals ( 2 weeks worth now) and even more photos.