Cold weather protection

Up Go the Row Covers!

Winter preparations are in full force here on the urban homestead, making sure all the garden is protected from the cold weather. Last night it was 36 degrees. As our ongoing efforts to conserve, we still didn’t fire up the wood stove… yet.    

Your Donations At Work

PTF received an email last week inviting us to participate in an upcoming Earth Day event. Thanks to the recent influx of donations PTF will be be able to purchase booth space (qualifying for their non profit fee) at one of LA’s major earth day celebration. Stay tuned for specific details as the day approaches and a big thanks to those who made this possible by supporting PTF through donations and purchases made through our online store  

:: Field Hand Appreciation :: AJ $15, JM $15.15donation towards growing PTF’s future.

Winter treats

Green Maters

One of the remnant summer tomato bed needed to be removed to make way for a second succession of fall winter crops.    Another round of fried green tomatoes are on the menu this week. If that doesn’t help use these green beauties up I’ll either make a batch of green salsa and do what I’ve always done before —  stick a few in a paper bag and put it in our old fashion California Cooler Cabinet (our urban homestead’s so lucky to still have one!) to slowing ripen.

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  1. Claire says:

    We had a six-foot-tall California Cooler in the arts and crafts house I grew up in. Why haven’t architects realized how great these were and started putting them back in houses they design? I’d love to have one in my house now!

  2. Debbie says:

    Green Tomato Chutney Recipe from Here:

    from Wednesday, November 21 blog

    Looks Delish. Thought you might enjoy.

  3. Harriet Fasenfest says:

    Regarding fried green tomatoes, I fried up a bunch at the end of the season and layered them with the normal fixings of parmigiana (using some additional bechemal to temper the acid) and froze up batches in servings for four. It was/is wonderful to use green tomatoes up this way. Enjoy

  4. Meg says:

    The yard is looking good!

    Ever since reading about your California Cooler some time ago, I’ve been planning to build one into our future house. Have you ever read This Organic Life? The woman who wrote that designed her house with something similar, which she essentially used as a root cellar in the winter and cool storage in the summer. It’s a great read–I recommend it if you haven’t read it already.

  5. Lee says:

    Wow cool weather! Here in Tampa it is still in the mid 50s at night and 80s in the day, its really quite unseasonable, but we are enjoying fresh tomatoes still, though it does server as a global warming reminder..

  6. Urban Homesteader says:

    Hello all,

    Thank you for your comments, suggestions and recipes. Really appreciate it.

    Debbie, the Chuntney recipe sounds delicious.

    Hey, Lee! I see you live in Jules Dervaes’ hometown of Tampa Florida! I agree, such weather is quite unseasonably warm for the Bay area. The climate of Florida has slowing changed since we’ve been there.

    Again, thank you all for your comments.

    Warm wishes,