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
Hi Everyone, it’s that time of year to start the first seedling for the 2018 Pacific NW gardens! I absolutely love this time of year, don’t get me wrong, but just knowing in a few month’s I’ll be outside digging in the soil makes me just a little giddy (that sounded weird…coming from you Mr. Sasquatch). 🙂
This weekend I transitioned the lower half of our large led grow tent from lettuce greens over to the new plant propagation/seed starting area. Here’s a list of the components introduced for the 2018 season (some of which were re-purposed)
- 1 – 48″x20″ Heat mat with digital thermostat controller (with probe)
- 1 – 48″L x 30″W x 1″H Dog Crate Replacement Pans (used as the drip pan for seedling trays/containers)
- 2 – T8 LED 5000k light fixtures (2 T8 bulbs in each fixture)
- 2 – 300w LED Roleadro Grow Light Full Spectrum 2nd Generation Plant Light (these were already hanging here for the Asian greens previously growing under the bench)
Here’s a photo of the entire seed starting/grow area setup in the large grow tent. The first seedlings in the photo are eggplants:
Seedling growing area inside large grow tent
Close-up of new seedling growing area in the large grow tent
We’ll it’s time to get back to work! On the urban homestead as well as my day job. 🙂
See y’all again next week, be safe and keep on growing.
Hey Everyone, it’s been a busy last two weeks.
The main project I’ve been working on has been getting our second master bedroom on the lower level of our house ready to re-level the floor. With a 45+ year old house on a hill your inevitably going to have foundation settling and your floors will have some gangsta leaning going on. So, it was time to move everything out of the room (into the bathroom remodel area while we are waiting to order the tub and counters). Once the room was cleaned out I needed to pull up our new flooring we laid when we used this room as a place for Paula’s mother to live with us for a while (don’t ask…that generousity on our part wasn’t appreciated and the situation self-remedied itself with a move back to California 🙂 ). If we would have had time back then we’d have leveled the floor then, but there’s no time like the present to do things right on your house.
Hey Everyone, I worked on a few projects this weekend: a few new bean hutches, harvesting worm compost, reworking the layout of the salad bar led grow/harvest area, and the continued bathroom remodel.
The new bean hutch ideas are something I came up with at the end of the season last year, but wanted to wait until it was closer to this years spring season. We’ll that lasted until this weekend when the sun popped out and we had a seasonably warm day in the low-mid 50s…Mr Green Jeans came out and I was itching to get out in the soil! 🙂