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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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New overhead orchard-garden watering system, chop-n-drop some clover, and spreading the love with wildflowers

Hey Everyone, it’s been another busy weekend on the urban homestead. First things first, Paula and I had to pickup some supplies at the garden center (the organic garden soil in the photo is what we use for the indoor veggie grow operations):

Weekend project supplies for the urban homestead

Weekend project supplies for the urban homestead

With the supplies in hand and headed for home Paula and I formulated a plan…”Mr Mann you go out and do the dirty work and I’ll stay inside and make the Kefir and Kombucha…deal?”…”Yeas ma’am! That sounds good to me.” Continue reading

Tenting garden boxes, Taking tomatoes camping, and adding a new hanging herb wall

Hey hey! It was a crazy Pacific NW weather weekend here. Saturday was partly-sunny, but too wet still for doing the peach tree fungicide treatment (maybe it will be dryer Sunday…yeah right 🙂 ). So, we went onto task 2 which was getting the greenhouse plastic over the garden boxes to begin the warming of the soil and dropping the cover-crop to the ground so it begins feeding the soil microbes as they begin waking up. Here’s a picture of the first phase of operation “warm-up-chop-n-drop”

Greenhouse plastic over garden beds to warm soil and drop cover crops into soil for hungry microbes.

Greenhouse plastic over garden beds to warm soil and drop cover crops into soil for hungry microbes.

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Welcome to Paula and Brian’s Homesteading blog!

This is the inaugural post of Paula and Brian’s Homesteading blog. We’re excited to finally have a place to post and share with others what we’ve been doing on our urban homestead for the last 3 years.

In the fall of 2013 we made a decision we wanted to focus on turning our petro-chemical soaked yard into a place where we could start repairing some of the damage being done to our planet. We’re not part of the eco-hippy “purple breather” wing of permaculture that enjoy rolling around in the mud by any stretch, but we think in a small way we can do our part to help improve the health of the planet. We figured that by producing and consuming our own healthy food, creating habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies and increasing the organic matter of our soils together Paula and I can be just one family taking steps in the right direction to correct some of the destruction being done to the earth .

Hopefully your enjoy some of the blog posts and videos we’ll be posting in the coming weeks and years down the road.

Let the adventure begin!