Urban Homestead





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10/9/2014
We may run a big farm in the country, but our urban homestead friends sure do know how to grow it.
10/30/2013
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
9/25/2014
It's time to bring back line-drying clothes. Save money, help the environment!
12/4/2013
There may be free fruit in your own neighborhood - just keep your eyes open.
5/13/2014
The stages of a homesteader and how we go from obsessive interest to peaceful stability.
5/23/2014
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
12/24/2013
We make relish and pickles, why not mustard?
1/6/2014
Seed catalogs and garden plans are the first steps to an abundant harvest.
4/14/2014
After gathering lots of old windows to build a greenhouse, life happened. We decided a mini version would be perfect this year!
10/1/2014
Seeking out abandoned apple trees is worth the effort. With a little time and energy, you can harvest many pounds of free fruit!
12/17/2013
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
8/7/2014
What tastes better than homegrown? Homegrown and FREE! There may be free food lurking in your own backyard if you take the time to look.
3/26/2014
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
4/9/2014
What better destination than farm and wine country!
1/22/2014
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
4/1/2014
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
3/21/2014
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
11/6/2013
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
10/11/2013
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
2/27/2014
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
9/10/2013
Learn to can your own homemade soups and always have a hot, hearty meal waiting in your pantry.
10/23/2013
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
11/25/2013
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
4/16/2014
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
9/11/2014
Our pumpkin harvest was small this year, due to the plague of squash bugs.
11/19/2013
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
2/5/2014
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
10/16/2014
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
9/5/2013
We have spent many days working outside from dawn to dusk while others our age are golfing, playing cards, and taking life easy. For us, there is immense fulfillment in growing our food.
9/27/2013
Growing up with homesteaders, I never thought of myself as one until recently.
11/18/2013
Dreaming Big
3/17/2014
We converted a 1947 disabled water well house into a usable potting shed.
12/10/2013
They say timing is everything ... they say location, location, location too. We say, we need more rain, fewer weeds, longer days, and a stronger back so we can get the homestead to look the way we want it to look.
1/15/2014
Just because you live on a homestead and work hard doesn't mean you can overlook your calorie intake. Believe me, it can get out of control very quickly! Noticing subtle changes in how you feel and how you look in the mirror can keep you on track!
11/12/2013
A visit to an old barn that brings back memories and reveals many treasures.
5/15/2014
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
10/2/2013
With all of society’s conveniences within easy reach, we are choosing to do things the hard way. Now, why on earth would we do that?!
9/3/2013
Looking back on how I came upon this urban farming way of life shows a journey full of twists and turns ... and I couldn't be happier for it!
11/6/2014
Pumpkin puree from the pressure cooker is moist and delicious.
10/21/2013
How we managed to travel across the country twice only to realize that we left something incredibly important behind.
10/15/2013
A Newbie (Urban) Farmer learns how to string onions.
8/13/2014
We have zucchini coming out our ears! These delicious muffins help use some up.
5/6/2014
Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.
11/12/2013
The perfect solution to a very large pumpkin/squash crop
5/7/2014
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
6/12/2014
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
1/2/2014
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
4/30/2014
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
3/6/2014
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
9/4/2014
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
11/21/2014
This time of year brings the drumbeat of commercialism, but we try to resist buying things we don't really need.
10/3/2013
Donna Rae creates and tests two styles of handmade dishcloths.
10/8/2014
We love baking from scratch, especially when we can use ingredients we harvest ourselves, like in this blueberry muffin recipe.
7/31/2014
I tried growing mustard with the idea of harvesting the seeds to make my own mustard. I wouldn't say it was a great success, but it was still fun!
7/24/2014
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
6/19/2014
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
8/27/2014
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
1/29/2014
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
3/12/2014
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
2/12/2014
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
9/17/2014
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
1/27/2014
When space is at a premium, creating a multi-use structure is a must.
4/23/2014
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.
4/4/2014
People ask me how I can eat something I've raised. I'll try to explain it here.
6/13/2014
Building berms around trees and shrubs is important for water-wise watering. Mulching is mandatory for water retention and helps keep weeds down. Manure berms are especially functional.
1/21/2014
Let me introduce myself in this, my first blog, for the Capper's Farmer family.


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