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Heirloom blueberry, spraying peach trees for fungal health, and supersizing spring squash transplants

Hey hey, it’s been a beautiful spring weekend here on the urban homestead and we got a lot done to ready us for summer growth. As you may have noticed this blog post is going out VERY late in the week; it’s been hectic at work and not much time in the evenings besides keeping up with the indoor grow tents. 🙂
Here’s what we worked on this past weekend:

  • Road trip to see Gram’s house for the last time and pickup family heirloom hand-tools
  • Taking a family Heirloom blueberry home to the urban homestead
  • Transplanted cherry tomato and squash seedlings
  • Fungal treatment: spraying peach trees with compost tea (and maybe some neem oil)
  • Indoor and outdoor videos of the week
  • Backyard panorama photos

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The great Garden Box blowout…and kitchen vent hood explosion…what next!?

Hi Everyone, we’ll we had a few liiiiittttle mishaps on the urban homestead this week. On Tuesday of Paula called me at work and thought a tree had fallen in the backyard. But it wasn’t a tree, it was a garden box dropping it’s load on the lower deck. This has been a really wet spring and I think that put too much load on the existing cross-bracing structures of the raised boxes. As part of the rebuild I went to homedepot to pickup some 4″x4″ hanger brackets. BUT when I got home I saw that our glass cooktop vent hood had exploded all over the kitchen!. Continue reading

Cover crops and hog fuel, 2018 garden seedlings progress, backyard panorama

Hi Everyone, it’s been a busy few weeks since my last blog post, so lets get to it and talk about what we’ve been working on…

This weekend I spread 8 yards of hogfuel mulch around our urban homestead. Paula was working on our Easter dinner plans, so I was told to vacate the house. When I get told by Mrs Mann to “go outside” I take full advantage of my dirt-time. 🙂
We use hodfuel as mulch on our backyard trails for the dogs and people to walk on. The advantage of this “hard wood” mulch is that it takes years to breakdown; the last time we mulched was 4 years ago when we really started converting our backyard into an urban homestead food production system. You’ll see what this mulch looks like in the photos at the end of this blog post.

Pj guarding the cover crops in our garden boxes

Pj guarding the cover crops in our garden boxes

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Snow? Snow?! Snow!! on the urban homestead…

Hi Everyone, the weekend after returning from the business trip was a busy one. Getting all the plants back up from desert-mode and working on the homestead bedroom remodel was front and center, but by Monday (President’s Day 2018) we started seeing this white stuff falling from the sky! What the heck is that?! Is that snow!!!

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