Garden hits its stride and harvesting the bounty!

Hey Everyone, we’ve been busy here on the urban homestead with planting our succession plants like cabbage and kale getting ready for that next phase in the gardens…fall. It’s hard to think about that right now with the temperatures in the mid-90s, but without the planning now we’d run low on fresh greens outdoors…before we transition back to having 100% of the greens grown on the urban homestead from the indoor grow tents.

Most of the efforts lately have been focused on the Youtube videos and getting those post-processed (meaning I’m fumbling my way through editing with kdenlive and audacity both free software on Ubuntu Linux). It’s fun to learn these new things about normalizing and equalization of the audio tracks, but time consuming. I’m not complaining though…if we want more viewers on our channel we need to put in the effort to make the best videos possible. 🙂

Here’s a link to the Youtube channel (or you could just click the link from the main menu at the top of the page: PnB Homesteading Youtube Channel

Weekly weekend harvest of our homestead bounty
Quick update, are these 2 pictures of our garden harvest for the weekend. We haven’t included pickin any of the cucumbers since Paula will be canning a bunch of those this week and doing the harvest too early will allow them to get “rubbery” if you know what I mean. It’s best to have them fresh as possible so we get that freshest crunch once they’re canned. Anyway, I’m rambling again…here’s the picture:  Continue reading

The invisible homesteader, spring is now summer, almost time for final crops in the ground

Hey everyone, we’ll it’s been a few weeks since I’ve updated the blog for our activities on the urban homestead. I was sick for a week and a half at the end of June with some kind of crazy summer cold (stuffed up head and coughing up flem…yuk). Since I haven’t put up a blog post in so long people might have thought I’d become…The Invisible Homesteader!! 🙂 Continue reading

Water from the gods, givin the fruit trees a treatment, and general urban homestead duties

Hey Everyone, It’s been a busy two weeks. I didn’t get a chance to post to the blog last week (sorry about that). But here’s what we got done this weekend:

  • Chop-n-drop more comfrey
  • Installed new sprinkler (and removed old drip lines)
  • Bend Asian Pear limbs to shape
  • Stake apple tree
  • Next round of foliar/fungal treatment for peach trees
  • Compost tea feeding of fruit trees
  • Setup shade cloth over deck garden boxes
  • Installed new bean trellis in the clover patch

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Planting the remaining 2018 garden veggies, replacing body mount bushings on farm truck, and seeding hundreds of annuals for urban homestead yard

Hey hey! Just thought I’d put out our post for this weekends projects. First was finishing the pre-summer work for the farm truck. As mentioned in last weeks post I replaced the radiator, belts, and hoses. So we’re good for the hot weather of summer to prevent breakdowns. Now this weekend first task of the day will be to replace the body mount bushings. These are what mounts the body of the truck to the frame, so you have a cushion effect to isolate road bumps from the passengers. These usually last quite a few years and the ones on this truck are original (10 years old). At this point in my vehicles ownership (based on age) I start pro-actively replacing suspension and drivetrain components just to prevent on-road breakdowns. Some of these components might still have a few years worth of life left, but having something like a radiator, hose, belt, or even a ball joint blow out leaving you stranded sucks. It can also eat up a weekend figuring out how to get a vehicle home or towed to a repair shop if you’re out of town…then you could be out hundred (and possibly thousands) of dollars. Continue reading