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Sharing the bounty, more canning/dehydrating, installing the new LED grow lights, and the return of rain

Hi everyone, it’s been another busy week of harvesting tomatoes for Paula and I; together we picked probably another 30-40lbs. We’ve got plenty for the rest of the season of canning/dehydrating, so it’s time to share the bounty with our friends and neighbors. Friday afternoon Paula wandered the neighborhood with her bushel basket of tomatoes offering to all as many as they wanted. ūüôā
Besides this we caned approx. 30 more jars of tomatoes and dehydrated another bag and 2 jars of tomatoes/tomatillos for use in this winters soups and stews.

  • Canning and Dehydrating
  • Paula’s Instagram photos
  • Video:¬†Tomatoes in a bag update week 17
  • Video:¬†Plant propagation update entering fall
  • Video:¬†More organic tomato harvesting
  • Video:¬†Organic golden delicious happy fruit
  • Video:¬†Backyard panorama from our deck end of summer update
  • Video:¬†The new LED grow lights
  • Video:¬†Grow tent update for large LED tent with tomatoes, basil, and some spinach greens
  • Video:¬†Our seed order came in
  • Video:¬†Grow tent update for mid-size LED tent with salad and microgreens
  • Video:¬†Salad bar LED microgreens grow area update
  • Video:¬†Paula’s canned and dehydrated tomatoes
  • The return of the rain

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Tomato overload with lots of dehydrating and harvesting berry crops

Hey Hey! Brian here for the weekend update on the urban homestead. If you’ve been keeping up on the blog and our Youtube channel you’ll know Paula and I have been running full speed to keep up with the tomato production this year. I knew this would be a heavy year for production with the 66 tomato plants, but WOW! This has been a crazy amount!! Finding time to update the blog and film the videos makes for a busy weekend…but that is what makes this so fun, sharing the results of our efforts with our online friends. ūüôā

So, lets get started with the update:

  • Harvesting and dehydrating tomatoes
  • Harvesting Blueberries,¬†Goji berries, and¬†Blackberries
  • Harvesting lettuce and microgreens from the Salad bar LED grow area
  • Feeding the compost worms
  • Purchasing homestead elliptical machine
  • Videos

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Garden harvest, indoor grow tent updates, and hitting 100 videos on our Youtube channel

Hey Hey! It’s Paula and Brian back again for the weekly update of our little urban homestead. Paula has been harvesting Blueberries and Blackberries from the backyard quite a few times this week and with the tomatoes coming into full production she’s been a busy little trooper (I’ve been helping where I can after getting home from work ūüôā ). Also of note: our Youtube channel has crossed over the 100 video threshold…yay! At this rate we should be able to get at least 300 videos by the end of the year. This is more than just a video series to try and derive some passive income, it’s our way of documenting for our possible future grandchildren (and great grandchildren) a way to get to know us even if we’re not present to help teach them about gardening or homesteading.

So lets get to the details and some photos:

  • Harvesting blueberries and blackberries
  • Harvesting tomatoes, tomatillos, beans and dehydrating tomatoes
  • Updates to indoor grow tents
  • Watching the 100 year solar eclipse

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Storage area cleanup, planning the upcoming garden harvests, and making more Youtube videos around the urban homestead

Hi Everyone, this is going to be a slightly shorter blog update. This weekend Paula and I were busy cleaning up the storage area under our house and getting rid of a bunch of stuff that wasn’t being used anymore. We donated a bunch and recycled the rest.

Besides this we made a bunch of videos around the urban homestead featuring Paula and Sasquatch (me/Brian). As part of these walks around the homestead we started planning this weeks harvest plans…it’s tomato/tomatillo dehydrating time! ūüôā

Here’s the list of our new Youtube videos:

  • Video:¬†Tomatoes in a bag update week 13
  • Video:¬†Layered garden beds update
  • Video:¬†Garden box tomato update
  • Video:¬†Peach tree almost ready for harvest
  • Video:¬†Plant propagation bed update moving toward end of summer
  • Video:¬†Grow tent update for large LED tent with tomatoes, basil, and our happy little poinsettia
  • Video:¬†Grow tent update for mid-size LED tent with salad greens
  • Video:¬†LED grow bench our chard and beta salad mix are ready for first harvest
  • Video:¬†Elevated garden box closer to next harvest

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