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Turnips-pretty much the best thing I’ve harvested from the garden this year, and I don’t even like them very much! 🙈😭 North Texas gardeners, what are your secrets? How do you stop the heat from stunting your plants/preventing fruit from setting? Is this a nutrient problem? And WHERE are all the pollinators?! 🐝 😫 . . . . . #northtexasgardening #gardenhelp #gardening #backyardgarden #texasgardening #zone8a #dallasgardening #vegetablegardening #gardenmentoring #gardenproblems #newbiegardener #homesteading #suburbanhomestead #urbanhomestead #bees #growyourown #growyourfood #homemaking
Chicks exploring their new digs. These girls (they’re about 4 weeks old now) will live in the “summer cottage”, with exposure to the rest of the flock through the chicken wire, until they start laying at 20 weeks and are ready to start eating adult feed. We find we have few introduction issues this way. We had hoped to have a new batch of layers laying sooner than November, but our previous batch succumbed to a weasel attack in June. Needless to say we reinforced the chicken wire all around the coop (again!) #backyardpoultry #backyardchickens #urbanchickens #raiseyourownfood #backyardeggs #urbanhomestead #backyardhomestead #thehomesteadproject
Introducing Sister Mary Clarence! Now, let the kombucha brewing begin! I couldn’t find a local scoby starter, so I’ve been crossing my fingers hoping I could grow my own. Sister Mary Clarence started as sweet tea mixed with fresh bottled kombucha, and is now a full fledged Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast! This weekend I plan on getting a 2 gallon continuous brew going and I certainly hope I don’t screw it up. I’ve grown quite attached to Sister Mary Clarence and I need to foster that working relationship! . Following @deannacat3 ’s lead - check out her masterful kombucha brewing and her thorough tips if you’re looking to get started!
Look what Blaine found in the garden!!! Monarch caterpillars!!! They turn into these GORGEOUS butterflies. Beautiful but pesky! They eat all the plants. I mean, look at our kale. You can be super sweet and relocate the beauties, or feed them to the chickens. 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ I love butterflies but I love our garden and chickens too. 🤪 🐛 🦋 🥗 🐥
Fun little woodworking project today. Made a “tub” that I will fill with sand and wood ash to be used as a dust bath for our chickens #woodworking #garagewoodworking #backyardchickens #urbanhomestead #handmade #chickendustbath
14 pounds of peaches later and we’re home prepping the canner . . . . . #peaches #orchard #preserving #canning #cannedpeaches #farmlife #pickyourown #homesteading #homestead #sustainableliving #urbanhomestead
One of our four hens started laying 3 days ago and another joined her yesterday. #rhodeislandred #ameracuana #eggs #greeneggs #backyardchickens #urbanhomestead
We live in a beautiful henhouse now (pic 1) and we really love it, but what we don't love is that we are doing coop training and are locked inside the house part for 3-4 days to show us that it's our safe space. Pic 2 is us trying to escape when the human comes to check on us. 🏠🥚🐔 . . . #chickencoop #diy #glam #glamgals #glamhens #chicks #chickens #babychicks #babychickens #backyardchickens #urbanhomestead #polishcrested #speckledsussex #easteregger #barredrock #goldstar #5weeksold #fancychickens
This big momma #canespider was giving me the eyes 👀👀👀👀this morning. I'm pretty sure she just wanted to be friends, but I'm sure Melissa would have a problem with that☺️#spiderlove #organicliving #goodmorning #farmlife #urbanhomestead
These corn transplants are starting to take off. Corn doesn’t perform well in cool spring weather so that makes it a good choice to follow other earlier crops like spring lettuce, spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, snap peas, and even new potatoes.  Transplanting the corn helps us get a quick transition from one crop to the next so there is still time for the corn to mature before the first frost. . Join our growing community by following @vegetableacademy.
Floral Fridays : DayQuil Daydream . . . A list of ingredients: • Daylily Blooms • Zagreb Coreopsis • Orange Cosmos • Nandina Foliage • Yellow Marigold Blossoms • White Snapdragon Blossoms • Red Burgundy Okra Blooms • Julia Child Roses • Flower-By-The-Hour Pods • Buckthorn Branches • Painted Lady Runner Bean Blooms • #floralfriday #floralfridays #floralarrangement #cutflowersnotvibes #makingfarmingfabulous #plantparenthood #grownnotflown #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #cutflowergarden #marigold #okra #cosmos #roses #snapdragons #botanicals #horticulture #horticulturist #dayquil #summercold #stl #growyourown #vegetablegarden #barbicide
Seed starting and garden planning for the Fall gardens: orange and red slicing tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, and Pineapple ground cherries. If I timed everything and Lord willing, I’ll be able to plant these into the garden right as my sunflowers and okra are coming out of the gardens right around September 1st. #floridagarden #backyardfarm #100daysofgrowingfood #tomatoesofinstagram #urbanhomestead
While everything else in the garden is struggling to survive, the peppers are thriving. #peppers #spicy #urbanfarm #urbanfarming #urbanhomestead #urbanhomesteading #homestead #garden #gardening #sustainability
Never a dull moment. I was not being careful enough and ended up stepping on this little one. “Wheels” has a swollen leg as a result. At least she seems to have forgiven me and is enjoying her therapeutic compress of epsom salt and comfrey, which used to be called “knitbone” due to its healing properties on sprains, bruises and broken bones. I explain the incidence and her therapy in more detail in the 2 video clips in this post. . And while she’s getting therapy in my lap, I’m listening to unnerving sounds of constant hawk calls outside. This morning GH and I ran out after hearing a predator commotion less than 15 minutes after the coop door opened. We didn’t see anything, but the ruckus told us something major happened. We found some feathers about 1/3 up the hill (where there is no hawk net), and no Einstein. Based on our findings (or lack thereof), and the flock’s behaviors, our best guess is that one of the stalker hawks came and got Einy, and not a coyote. Einy’s MO during predator alerts is to squat down low and pretend to be a rock instead of ducking for cover. She’s a white crested black polish, and is slight enough for a hawk to carry her off. We still hope that she’ll come out of hiding, but our guts tell us otherwise. ☹️ . #predator #hawk #neveradullmoment #predatoralert #chickenfirstaid #injuredchick #comfrey #naturalmedicine #chickens #ilovemychickens #chickenlove #chooks #backyardchickens #petchickens #freerangechickens #freerange #pastureraised #fresheggs #farmfresheggs #chickensofinstagram #urbanfarm #backyardfarm #sustainable #sustainableliving #homestead #urbanhomestead #backyardpoultry #realhensofoc
Transition. Second year #sweetiepie blackberries are ruining store bought berries for us! #growfoodnotlawns #urbanhomestead #colorado
Another hot one today. What we wouldn't give for some rain! 💧 . #rainplease
Our burdock plant is getting so big and pretty it's going to be hard to dig it up but it must be done to make more room in the garden. I have been putting it off as long as possible to allow as much time as possible for bees and #pollinators to enjoy. #urbanhomestead #urbangarden #herbalism #medicinalplant #giftfromabove #homesteadlife #burdock #bees 🐝#pollinatorswelcome #natureheals #wildmedicine
Getting some outside curriculum time in teaching him words for the different things he can see and feel outside while letting him also enjoy some outside play time. #homesteadmom #preschoolathome #naturallearning #nature #homeschool #homesteadlife #urbanhomestead
The Yanni or Laurel of herbs. We can’t figure out this flavor. I swear it tastes like mushrooms 🍄. T says it tastes like walnuts, and the kids say green apples 🍏?! Which is it? #yanniorlaurel . ‘Mushroom plant’ (Rungia klossii) is an herb is from Papua New Guinea. I highly recommend it if you like mushrooms 🍄. I’ve been putting it on crackers with Brie, apple, and walnuts because it has a crunchy umami flavor. So good! . The small people in my house are not mushroom fans, so I was hoping this would give them the mushroom flavor without the mushroom texture. Nope. The apple flavor with a salad texture 😂. Or the walnut flavor with an herb texture. . Have a delicious Friday, friends! . . . . . . #ediblegarden #urbanhomestead #homestead #homesteading #organicfarming #rungiaklossii #mushroomplant #heirloom #sweetwaternursery
What big ears you’ve got! (Bread ears that is, the one on the right I’m particularly proud of) #savourthesource #ferment #sourdough #organic #madebyhand #urbanhomestead #ontariomills #canadianflour
“Dad, get all these eggs out if here! Where the heck am I supposed to lay?!” #BackyardChickens #ChickensOfInstagram #UrbanChickens #Chickens #UrbanHomestead #Homestead #Homesteading #UrbanFarm #Eggs
We expanded our backyard garden this year and decided to experiment with growing our own corn. We planted only a small corner of the garden to use as a learning curve and today—SUCCESS! Our first ear of delicious corn...grown with no pesticides, no tricks...just a lot of attention, weeding and picking off of Japanese beetles day and night. Special thanks to @thebeginnersgarden for the great podcasts and tips on how to grow corn! We owe our success to you! #midwestmicheline #mymidwestlife #babeandtheballplayer #renovate #DIY #moroccan #americanfood #jewish #irish #cooking #homeschool #urbanhomestead #gardening #growyourown #farmtotable #growfoodnotlawns #boxgardening #raisingkids #sahm #momblogger #baseball #texasrangers #chicago #married #worktogether #midwest #partnersforlife #familyfoodbeerlovemusic #coffeelover #corn
Passion fruit flower is amazing! I grow a few unusual fruit trees for my zone one is the Passion Fruit vine, Lil Jujube, Che, Fig, and Paw Paw also have Artic Kiwi. What do you grow that doesn't really fit your zone? #citystead #homestead #urbanhomestead #foodforest #urbanfoodforest #growyourownfood #growyourown #growfoodnotlawns #fruittree #passionfruit #urbanorchard #backyardorchard #backyardgarden #backtoeden #mygarden #urbangarden #unusualfruit #gardening #gardenlife #eatlocal #jujube #figtree #permaculture #sustainable #urbanpermaculture #homegrown #selfsufficient
7/20/2018 harvest . . . Orange bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapeños, shisito pepper, catnip, and basil. #urbanhomestead #hyperbolemicrofarm
@dmod8_ Congratulations! 🎉 You have won the 5L fermentation crock and glass weights from @stone_creek_trading ! 🎉 Please private message me so we can get your prize shipped out. For the rest of you, thank you so much for entering and helping me celebrate the one year anniversary of the publication of Can It & Ferment It! If you want a chance to win more prizes, head over to stonecreektrading.com and sign up for their newsletter so you can be notified of the next giveaway, next week! Also, while you’re there, take advantage of the generous discount code that they are offering you for the weekend! Enter the promo code “CANFERMENT10” to receive 10% off your order! 👏 @stone_creek_trading is my favorite shop for fermentation crocks with water seals because I know they are handmade without toxic chemicals! They also have great glass crock weights, cabbage shredders, corers, dampers and so much more. Go see for yourself! @stone_creek_trading Discount code expires 7/22/18, enter code at checkout, not valid on previous purchase, one discount per order. #canitandfermentit #canning #fermenting #ferment #fermented #canned #canningseason #smallbatch #fermentedfoods #crock #sauerkraut #cabbage #kraut #prize #winner #urbanhomestead #madefromscratch #poland #madeinpoland #stonecreektrading #bookbirthday #preservetheharvest #discountcode
Patience is key!
Who doesn’t love the smell of sheets straight off the clothes line? #clothesline #airdry #urbanhomestead #urbanhomesteading #urbanhomesteader #noelectricityneeded #gogreen #sheets #hangouttodry
We always get a few Sunflowers from the bird seed we put out all winter. This one looks to be overachieving! #gardensofilmoya #sunflower #volunteerplants #ilmoyahomestead #urbanhomestead #gardeningfun #alwaysthegarden #neverboring #naturewins #grateful
🌿😎 Happy Friyay 🍻💚 . #deannascanna #womenwhogrow
A month or so ago our local recycling company stopped collecting mixed paper... something about how we Americans are too lazy to follow the rules so our recycling isn’t very useful (surprise, surprise...) but being an avid recycler, I was bummed and needed an alternative to my normal recycling routine. In comes a worm bin, or I guess a trip to the thrift store where I scored a bin for $15. Cleaned it up, shredded paper, found some leaf liter in our yard waste pile, and chopped up a few pieces of produce I found wrinkled on the bottom of my crisper drawer. I luckily gifted some worms from a local farmer and now the experiment begins! 🐛🥕👩🏻‍🌾 . . . #wormbin #compost #reducereuserecycle #foodwaste #junkmail #newspaper #urbanhomestead #organicgardening
happy friday friends!! we have rain in the forecast all weekend so we are trying to get some inside projects finished! what’s on your weekend agenda?
I have eleven chicks living in my family room right now. It’s events like this that I realize I’m really living my dream life. And yeah, it’s totally intimating knowing that these sweet babes will soon be too big to stay here, similar to when a newborn human baby finally becomes mobile and gets into everything. 🐤
Happy weekend friends! For next years flower garden😍🌺 🦋Want, need, must have, all these varieties of Zinnias ! 🌈💚🦋💕 📷 @floretflower 💖
First calendula pick drying in the sun for infusions and salves😍 #blackstarurbanfarm #calendula #medicinalflowers #salve #urbanfarming #urbanhomestead #pollinatorgarden #womenwhofarm
First chicken started to lay her eggs today #chicken #chickencoop #urbanhomestead #homestead #fresheggs #orpington
Mini jungle! I love this time in the growing season... everything looks a little wild but highly productive! Hanging on to every bit of this growing season while it lasts in the PNW... 👩🏻‍🌾🌱🌾🍎🍅🥕 . . #urbanfarmgal #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #urbangardener #urbanorganicgarden #growfoodnotlawns #permaculture #backtoedengarden #backtoeden #wannabefarmer #growallthethings #PNW #summerbounty #growyourown
It’s back it’s back! After a 1 year hiatus, my kale garden is back in full force! I would love love LOVE to have you participate in my little CSA whether you prefer to participate from time to time or on a regular basis. I got my soil tested this year and the results came back great! The soil is at the perfect PH and there is no harmful contamination from metals. Clean organic produce - just for you! Right now I mostly have, well, kale ($5 a bunch!) but I'll happily throw in other veggies as they come available. Please let me know if you would like to buy a share! Thank you for your support - this makes 4 years of my Kale CSA! @celestial.solutions . . . . #womenwhofarm #permaculture #organicfarming #organicfarmer #urbanfarming #urbanfarmer #femalefarmer #farmlife #farmlyfe #urbanagriculture #calltoaction #climatechange #local #homestead #urbanhomestead #kalefarmer #eatlocal #organickale #sustainableliving #celesteskalecsa #celestesupportedkale #csk #communitysupportedagriculture #csa #sustainabilityconsultant #celestialsolutions
It’s back it’s back! After a 1 year hiatus, my kale garden is back in full force! I would love love LOVE to have you participate in my little CSA whether you prefer to participate from time to time or on a regular basis. I got my soil tested this year and the results came back great! The soil is at the perfect PH and there is no harmful contamination from metals. Clean organic produce - just for you! Right now I mostly have, well, kale ($5 a bunch!) but I'll happily throw in other veggies as they come available. Please let me know if you would like to buy a share! Thank you for your support - this makes 4 years of my Kale CSA! . . . . #womenwhofarm #permaculture #organicfarming #organicfarmer #urbanfarming #urbanfarmer #femalefarmer #farmlife #farmlyfe #urbanagriculture #calltoaction #climatechange #local #homestead #eatlocal #organickale #urbanhomestead #kalefarmer #sustainableliving #celesteskalecsa #celestesupportedkale #csk #communitysupportedagriculture #csa #sustainabilityconsultant #celestialsolutions
🥦 from the #urbanhomestead garden. Dinner is gonna be awesome tonight 🤩 #growyourownfood #urbangarden
Cucamelon growing in the garden. I tried these last year but had problems and only got a few. This year I planted two plants and it looks like we will get a decent amount. They look like a baby watermelon and taste like cucumbers 🥒. #fromseed #inmygarden #urbanhomestead #organicgardening #cucamelons #mousemelon #frontyardgarden #growveggies #happygardeninglife
I love this reframing, I feel like it gets to the heart of so many anxieties and moral issues I have when I think about sending Mo to school. I feel like I was so poorly served by school, and I really don't want the same for him, and changing the questions we ask kids seems like a great place to start. . . . . #raisecriticalthinkers #momthoughts #respectfulparenting #raisegoodhumans #liberalartseducation #respectkids #anticapitalism #anticapitalist #radicalhomemaker #radicalhomemaking #teachthemtodream #urbanhomestead
A tale cautioning against indecisiveness: Once upon a time after most of the members of our original flock had passed, we adopted 3 hens. . . . One was a brown laced (unknown breed), another peach ie Buff in colour (Buff Orpington), and the last was striped silver and black (Plymouth Barred Rock). . . . We (me) wanted to settle on the perfect name for these girls, according to their “personality”, or character. . . . In the meantime, we started referring to them by the colouring/pattern of their feathers...and then short forms of these names crept into our everyday vocabulary... . . . Example Eric: “which one?” Me:”The Barred Rock/ the Barred one/The Barred/ Barredy) . . . Before you know it, you’re birds have these super unimaginative names like “Brownie”, or “Buffy”, and (worst offender) “Barredy” 🙄😬😅😂🙈 . . . We’re lucky the three weeks we took to name our actual human baby didn’t result similarly 🙄😂 #Mybabysnameisbaby . . . Moral of the story. Just pick a name so that you don’t have to feel so sheepish when people come over and ask what your hens’ names are!! . . . Pictured here is me and the lovely Brownie, enjoying a cuddle. Brownie is very chatty, so no doubt she was giving me unsolicited advice about something while this photo was being taken. She’s dependable like that, the same as how she’s dependable for never laying a single egg in her life...😒#freeloader . . . #backyardchickens #pickingnamesishard #byc #byclife #hens #brownhen #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #growyourownfood #freerangehens
What do you do with extra sungold tomatoes from the farm? Pickle them in apple cider vinegar with oregano, dill, garlic and mustard seed. The tomatoes are heavenly on pizza, and the brine is the base for most of our salad dressings. #civilized #urbanhomestead #canning #tasteofsummer
The joy of going out to our little garden patch first thing in the cool morning, seeing what’s ready, picking a few stalks of chard, a handful of herbs, a couple of radishes and three green beans... just perfect to chop up and mix in with morning kasha. A couple of weeks ago when things first started being ready to eat I felt a bit disappointed, thinking we’d never have ‘enough’ beans for a family meal, but a couple of weeks on and I’ve already learned so much about a modest regular supply of fresh greens, and adapting to using a bit of this and a bit of that, and actually how much more sustainable that is. The mix of tastes and ingredients in this morning’s kasha if I’d bought them from a store would have meant buying big bunches of everything which would have been way too much, and too much outlay for what is essentially a very simple meal. I’ve begun to realize that we don’t need a big store size portion of green beans as our ‘side’, we make herby lentils, or garnish the food in other ways, mix and pair, add the garden yield to our dry ingredients in new ways. It’s so exciting and fascinating to me to become slowly aware of how even the quantities in which fresh produce is sold affect our idea of what is enough and how much we eat. #homegrown #vegetablegarden #urbanhomestead #growyourownfood
It’s someone special’s birthday today so I made this last night for him. I LOVE my(new to me) sewing machine. The top stitch is straight, my thread didn’t break once nor did it skip! My Prince William is going to look AWESOME in his @blendedthreadfabrics Grafitti King shirt. #birthday #birthdayboy #sewing #handmadegifts #blendedthreadfabrics #urbanhomestead #urbanhomesteading
Delicious lemon yellow daylilies. Seriously, they're edible. Has anyone ever tried one? Spoiler alert: I haven't. But I'll bet that one of the incredible urban gardeners in FoCo has. Ask one tomorrow while taking the NoCo Urban Homestead Tour. Get your tickets online at www.fcgov.com/gardens/noco-urban-homestead-tour Sponsored by the always wonderful @fortcollinsnursery @odellbrewing @acehardware @sprouts and others. . . #coloradogarden #coloradoliving #urbanhomestead #daylily #growyourown #edibleflowers #visitfortcollins #gardentour #fortcollinscolorado #summertime # harvest #fruitsandveggies #lovefortcollins
Grow your own... window word. All Window Words are 30% off right now in my #Etsyshop with the code OLDMOON. Shop link in bio. 🌱🍃🌿🌳🌿🍃🌱 #grow #greenhouse #gardening #garden #plantsofinstagram #urbanhomestead #plantho #flowerfloozie #handmadehome #etsyhome #housewarminggift #dormdecor #homedecor #etsydecor #handmadedecor #windowword #lasercut #typography #acrylicsheet #moonishgoods #tapplastics
It’s a little chilly Willy
Lettuce flowers in bloom. First time letting this happen as I wanted to experience collecting seeds this year. With the number of heat waves Toronto had received, there wasn't much time to enjoy the lettuce before it starting shooting even with only having 3-4 hours of sun exposure daily.
First pepper, tomatillo, and cucumber harvest today! Seems like the beans and peas are giving it another shot in this cooler weather too!
Heirloom tomatoes just always seem to taste better. Still missing my Brandywine and 2 yellow heirlooms though... They have been a little behind 😒. #backyardgarden #urbanhomestead #urbangarden #yardtotable #grownyourown #heirloomtomatoes #heirloomgardening #heirloomstories #blackkrimtomatoes #blackseamantomato #blackcherrytomatoes #omarlebanese #arkansastravelertomato #yellowjubilee
The pollinator garden is in full bloom and it’s very exciting! - I tore out a GIANT bramble bush in the spring and planted this flower bed in its place. I paid in several bags of flower soil and then planted 120 Bulbs. Then sprinkled wild flower seeds thoroughly. - The rest of our garden was, sadly, put on pause while we deal with property dispute that has dragged on for over four months now, and has finally gone to court. I just want to put a fence up - and we will be able to soon! - it’s just frustrating and exhausting to not be able to create the yard we want and love. . . . . . #homesteadersofig #beekeeper #pollinatorgarden #urbanhomestead #urbanlife #cityfarmer #Iamsotired
Lol. I Trojan horse the plants/seeds/any other gardening thing I wasn’t supposed to buy into my home 😂😂 because I’m crazy. I also do this with cotton candy 😂. And my mom just watches from up above to see if I make it in or not 😂😂😂😂😂 . . And sorry for those who follow both of my plant accounts. Buttttttt it needed to be in both places 😂😂 . . . #plantmom #plantaddict #plantsarefriends #plantbabies #livingwithplants #plantlife #meme #memelife #houseplants #tropicalgarden #garden #gardening #thehappygardeninglife #houseplantclub #gardenblog #blogger #backyardgarden #permaculture #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #houseplants #idrinkandigrowthings #tropicalvibes #trojanhorse #mint2grow
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