It appears that we lost Camille some time last night. When I let them out earlier, I didn’t see her...but sometimes they’re laying, so I wasn’t worried. But when she didn’t come to the door when I stepped out this afternoon, I went looking for her. She’s in the nest with her feet stretched straight out. I couldn’t see her head, but I think it was tucked under her weirdly. I didn’t see anything gross, but I was carrying the baby and so I didn’t look long. There are a few moments in life where I wish I could hide behind gender roles and call a husband to deal with it...but I’m the high heels and the power tools in my family, the mascara and the rubber gloves. In a moment of weakness, I texted my neighbor-husband @koppyski (🙈@berlymarie), and he offered to help tomorrow...but really, this is my job...but Viv’s working late and I can’t leave the baby unattended while I deal with it...and wearing the baby while handling dead poultry seems like the wrong call....but also I’m worried the others will start eating her. Doesn’t this make you all want chickens? So I’m going to have to deal with it by headlamp later...wish me luck. .
The leaven was bubbling over this morning because I believed someone who told me that I would be more successful if I used 100% freshly milled rye for my starter. Who knows if they were right but it has been working so far. This recipe is taken from Book no 3 on ancient grains by Chad Robertson. He mentions that Kamut is naturally sweet and gives the loaf a golden color and since I can get it organically at @simplybulkmarket I had to try it. I’ll be gently folding this afternoon and will keep with my tradition (all two times) and will put it in the fridge overnight for the final rise. #newbiebaker
It is no secret that I adore vintage items and chickens. One girlfriend combined both of those into my birthday present. She found this sweet, vintage egg crate on one of those '100 mile' yard sales. This little beauty can hold 6 dozen eggs. What do you think?
A little bit care for your plants and they will give you so much more in return. I've been growing a lot of the fruits and veggies that I eat. Its reduced my grocery bill, I know I'm eating pesticide free produce and it's right outside my door. You feel good growing your own food. Try it, start small. If your area doesn't get too much sun, lettuce does well in the shade. Move it around to get a little sun. Just start small.
This is my small but mighty Bay Tree. In my opinion, fresh herbs are usually better than dried and this one is no exception. The only problem is that I’m tempted to use it faster than it can grow. It’s looking a little thin at the moment. 🌱My favorite go to recipe is to take a beef roast out of the freezer at night , put it into the crockpot and pour a whole bottle of red wine over it. I then crush a couple of fresh Bay leaves into the wine along with garlic and sliced onion and put it on low all night. When you wake up to the smell of beef in wine you always find the will to live again. Once I have coffee, I decide what other veg and herbs I’ll add a couple hours before serving and bacon is usually top of the list.
OMG I loved this weekend so hard. This is a pic of me absolutely BLISSED OUT after bringing home over 100 new plants. So many new plant babies!!! Edibles and flowering ornamentals for the birds and pollinators. Yay!!!
My local nursery has a great fall sale that I plan my year around. I spent a little over $200 for all these plants. I buy small plants, they’re cheap, transplant better, and quickly catch up in size. It’s important to realize that some of these are going to die too, so no point in buying bigger, more expensive ones. I used to beat myself up about plant deaths and feel like if I was a ‘good gardener’ everything would flourish, but that’s just not true. I’m very careful about buying the right plant for the right place (the most important and hardest thing to do when plant shopping!) but some of them still aren’t going to be able to hang with our clay soil, or they may get shaded out, or they may be too slow to compete with the weeds, or maybe they’ll get taken out by pests before I have a chance to notice...🤷♀️ It happens! This is just part of the process. I’ve gotten a lot better at predicting which plants will do well, but there will still be a few deaths. Next year I’ll be back at the sale and will fill any empty spaces with the plants that thrived.
Some of the plants I am most excited about: a new citrus to add to our collection, Vaniglia Sanguigno, a vanilla blood orange (which my son helped plant in second pic 💕). Three more blueberries, so we now have 7 on our little urban homestead. Some clematis vines that can handle some shade and will hopefully give us and our neighbors some privacy. A Vitex tree, which is not only beautiful but also super drought tolerant and has lots of medicinal qualities. And a large shrub called Family Jewels which has big hairy seed balls that look exactly like their name implies 😳😂
I’ll be busy planting this week! This would take me a day to plant and mulch if it weren’t for having to put everything in gopher baskets. With the baskets (plus being a SAHM without much child free time) it will take me the whole week. Damn gophers. But even they can’t ruin my mood. New plant babies!!! Yay yay yay!!!
🍁🎃🍁Such a great haul today!🍁🎃🍁 There are two mature Eastern Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) trees on our property, and this is definitely an ON year#harvest ..this is HALF of the first harvest from one tree..🍁 🎃🍁
🌱 If you had to choose just ONE cool weather crop to grow (what a terrible thought, I know! 😱 Thank god we don't actually have to choose!), what would it be and why? Please share! 🌿
For us, I've said it before and I will say again... Joi Choi bok choy, hands down! Why? It's prolific; you can expect cut-and-come-again harvests for dayyyysss (okay, months and months) from a single plant before it bolts. We grow at least 12-18 plants every winter! It's super hearty; of all the leafy greens and cabbages, Joi Choi sure can contribute to a filling meal, with their juicy, thick, crunchy but tender stalks as one of the larger, more open-headed varieties of bok choy. It's crazy low-maintenance; of all our plants and veggies, the powdery mildew, aphids, cabbage moths and caterpillars hardly touch this stuff, and is also quite tolerant to both heat and cold. It's versatile; with a fairly mild flavor (say, compared to mustard greens) and varying texture between the leaf and stalk, we use it in everything from nightly dinner sautees with other veggies, in green smoothies, in soups, salads, quiches, and most certainly in kraut ferments! It's appearance; it is beautiful and compact and manageable. I love nothing more than the scene of a bed neatly packed to the brim with heads of maturing Joi Choi. Okay I am done obsessing now. Don't let your head get too big with all this praise Miss Joi.... or, go ahead and let it! 🤣🤓
It’s garlic planting time in our region. This is the first opportunity to influence the quality of next year’s crop by controlling one of the major factors affecting head size. These cloves have been broken apart in preparation for planting but we aren’t just going to plant all of them, because studies have shown that larger cloves produce larger heads the following year. Since big cloves and small cloves taste just the same, we eat the smallest ones and plant the biggest ones. If you’re curious, the average clove size of this Russian Purple seed was about 11 grams. Apply this tip to your garlic planting along with proper spacing and irrigation and you will enjoy harvesting large robust garlic plants year after year.
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Ecco la pianta che da origine al vischio! Guardate quanto ne ha intorno a se!
Come potete notare la pianta ormai è invecchiata troppo ed è malandata e a formato il parassita, cioè il cosi detto vischio!
Con questa foto, che spero porti buone nuove, vi auguro buona giornata!😍
Buon giorno a tutti voi oggi vi faccio partecipe di una delle piante più preziose per me! Questa l'ha piantata il mio bis nonno tantissimi anni fa. Sapete perché è prezioso per me? Se notate dal tronco per metà sembra che c'è un volto e io con la mia fantasia voglio pensare che lì c'è l'anima dei miei antenati. Ecco come si fa a dare un volto ad una pianta!
Ciao nonno questo messaggio è per te!😍🙏
Feeling pretty fancy right now 😍😋🙂 Have a bunch of kale going to seed so trying to use up as much as I can before it goes bitter. Cavalo nero, apple, chorizo and chicken salad with lemony mustard sour cream dressing and honey candied walnuts. Plus coriander, nasturtium and viola flowers because I watch too much food channel 😝🤗
Sunbathing oils in our new backyard. 🌞 I can’t believe what a difference it makes in overall happiness to have a yard!!! I truly feel so lucky to get to live in this space. Excited by all the potential and scheming up some plans for an herb and veggie garden. I will share our progress along the way 🌱#urbanhomestead#urbanapothecary
This man is by far my "tool I can't live without." He helps me cut, dig, lift, catch, roof, build, and buy anything I need. As well as support my sometimes crazy, hairbrained, and exuberant ideas and dreams. I couldn't do this without him!
#gettoknowahomesteader end of week 3
Hosted by @atablefullinthewoods @moderndaysoldways @mitzacreekfarm @growingjubilance @lostandfarmed
The last of the home grown orange bell peppers. Definitely growing these again next year. Thick walled and sweet! They take forever to grow and get established. I seriously should start some seeds inside NOW. #freshfromthegarden