Mending fences, comfrey in your tea, and chive on with the dragons!

It’s Saturday evening…do you know where your homestead is!? 🙂

It’s been a busy day, so lets get right to it:

  • Feeding the worms more compostables
  • Mending fences
  • Its time for the comfrey to go into the tea
  • Chive on with the dragons: Planting chives, kale, and carrots
  • Return to Thunder Dome!

Feeding the worms more compostables
The worms are kicking into high gear with the warmer weather. Here’s a series of photos of what it looks like when feeding the worms our veggies, mineral rock dust, and shreaded junk mail/toilet paper tubes (no you’re eyes aren’t decieving you…I said shreaded toilet paper tubes, we don’t waste good paper 🙂 ).

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Mending fences
This was the project for Saturday on the urban homestead. Just like on a real homestead with wire fencing I get to deal with fencing issues too on our suburban lot. One good thing from the fence collapse was I could reuse the existing cedar boards and trim (a little rotted in places but over all still usable). From start to finish it took me around 5 hours to set the post and rebuild the three sections of fence.

Here’s the photos of the areas under repair; I should have taken the “before I started tearing things apart and set the post in concrete photos“, but hey this blogging thing is new and I get over egar tearing into a project.

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And now the after photos. Notice on the bench…it’s a bottle of Paula’s homemade Kombucha, I think this was an aronia berry blend…it was great after a hard day working. I can’t wait for our 25 Aronia berry bushes to start producing so we can have them available for juicing, dehydrating, and in my morning protein drinks.

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Chive on with the dragons: Planting chives, kale, and carrots
With time left in the day it was time to start planting our next phase of seeds for the lower deck raised garden beds. This round we were planting the following varieties in between the current sprouted rows of onions, turnips, etc…:

  • Silverado Chard
  • Improved Rainbow Blend Chard
  • Dragon Carrot
  • Cosmic Purple Carrot
  • Chives
  • Westlander Kale
  • Red Russian Kale

The boxes are pretty full now and doing really well so early, I think these custom hoop house covers I’ve built are keeping the veggies happy (even the tomatoes and tomatillos seem to be adjusting to their move from the indoor grow tent):

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Its time for the comfrey to go into the tea
The comfrey over the last week has really started to take off in the yard, so it’s time to start harvesting some for the compost tea brew. After partially filling the large yellow tub trug with comfrey it was time to toss it into the barrels, at this same time I added some more of the molasses just to kick up the biological activity to start the breakdown of the leaves:

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Notice the aeration bubbles, we’re cooking with gas now! 🙂

Return to Thunder Dome!
Just as I was writing this blog entry the skies opened up and fell upon the earth…thunder rolled and hail came down. Here’s some photos of what it looked like on the urban homestead:

Front yard:
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Back yard:
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