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Pictures from Maui, garden teardown/cleanup, maintenance on the Prius

Hey everyone! Another weekend is gone…into the depths of the cold and drizzly Pacific NW…<SMACK> snap out of it man! Getting used to being back home after that week in Maui has been strange, its a weird kind of funk I’ve not experienced having never been vacationing anywhere really warm during our winter. Guess that means Paula and I need to return to Hawaii sooner than we planned. πŸ™‚

Saturday was a mild dry winter day so it was time for tear down of the 2017 garden and general yard cleanup. Here’s what we got done:

  • Chopped-n-dropped all the tomato plants and stored their cages under the deck. I like just dropping the plants into the boxes and letting them rot over the winter. Then in spring covering them with clear plastic to really kick up the decomposition process. About a month and a half before planting our summer veggies I’ll uncover the beds and broadcast some cover crop seed. This will grow up until 2-3 weeks before planting when I’ll cover them again with the clear plastic to kill everything off (quick version of chop-n-drop cover crop) and it will help heat up the soil for the coming plants. That’s the plan for 2018 on the garden beds
  • Raked leaves off the trails and into the flower garden beds for mulch around perennial bushes
  • Installed the temporary fencing around the garden boxes…if we don’t do this our pugs have a tendency to think the areas are their “chase me” playground in the soft soil (especially when we get snow). πŸ™‚
  • Transplanted 2 more of the lower yard blueberries up into the new blueberry bush island (we now have two islands with blueberry bushes throughout to make harvesting much easier by having all in one zone of the backyard).
  • Cleaned out all the bird feeders and refilled (also hung 2 new suet blocks for hungry winter birds).

With the nice weather Saturday I decided it would be a good day to change the oil on my Prius commuter car, so that got done. Also checked the air pressure in all of our cars/trucks tires. This helps save on wasting fuel, is a safety issue, and prevents excessive wear on the tires (saving you money long term).

Paula hasn’t had a lot of time lately for getting our Maui pictures posted to her Instagram page, but here’s a couple photos from our hikes in the hills and at the cliffs/beach (these are the full size jpeg images so loading might take some time from our slow-poke server πŸ™‚ :

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Herbs a plenty, new automated watering, and feeding the worms

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posting a blog recently; things were pretty busy around here with fall arriving. From raking leaves into the garden beds and around the berry bushes (never waste free mulch :)) to cleaning out the gutters a number of times no spare minute was wasted. Here’s a list of things we finished over the last two weekends:

  • New indoor herb plantings
  • Addition to the automated watering system for indoor grow tent
  • Cleaning gutters and the yard
  • Installing new drip tray systems into the midsize grow tent as well as the salad bar led area
  • Updating the hard drive in our security system server
  • Feeding the worms

We’ll skip the details for these as Paula and I are preparing for our 7 day trip…to beautiful Maui! πŸ™‚

Talk to you again once we return rejuvenated from the Hawaiian sun.

Truck maintenance, harvesting indoor veggies, and planting next succession of grow tent seeds

Hey hey! Fall is here in full force on the urban homestead with cooler weather arriving (Brian’s still wearing his shorts, but it’s getting a little chilly). πŸ™‚

  • Maintenance on the homestead truck
  • Planting more spring bulbs
  • Harvesting Goji’s berries
  • Harvesting the next set of salad greens from indoor grow tents
  • Seeding new salad green trays
  • New seeds from HighMowingSeeds have arrived
  • Our first swag from a vendor for our video channel

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70’s bathroom teardown, harvesting more fall berries and tomatoes, and putting Sasquatch on Youtube

Hi Everyone! Another weekends coming to an end, so we’re wrapping up the homestead tasks. Paula and I took a break on Saturday to relax and sit indoors and snuggle on the couch watching some Netflix movies…we needed a break from canning and dehydrating so the rainy wet weather was very conducive to just being slugs for a day. πŸ™‚

Sunday it was back to harvesting, more bathroom demo/cleanout, and filming some videos for the Youtube channel. Here’s a breakdown of the one-day working weekend:

  • Bathroom tile tearout
  • Harvesting Goji berries, tomatoes, and apples
  • Feeding the compost worms
  • Youtube channel videos

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