Urban Farm Magazine Seed Starting Challenge Winners

Urban Farm Magazine

Big Congrats to Marie, the winner of our seed starting challenge! Marie is growing strawberries and artichokes from seed for the first time. Great job! Check your email for info on how to get your certificate for a year’s subscription to Urban Farm Magazine. Also congrats to At Home On Paradise Cove, who is the [Continue Reading...]

The Homesteading Hypocrite

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The moment I launched this website I started down a path towards raw hypocrisy. I had no idea at the time that this was what I was doing, and it certainly wasn’t my intention. Nonetheless, looking back over the past year+ of posting, it is clear that hypocrisy was inevitable. I have these ideals, you [Continue Reading...]

Improve Your Soil With Chemical Exudates (It’s Not What You Think)

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Guest post by Kelly Scott of Sweet Bay Farm. Thanks Kelly! The more I learn about farming, the more I realize that plants are truly wondrous things.  It’s easy to think plants are boring and passive.  After all, they just sit there. But here’s some news!  Plants are powerful chemists and very active participators in their [Continue Reading...]

Ginger Breadcrumb Fried Cauliflower with Sriracha Dipping Sauce

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Like most everyone with a pulse, I love crispy, high-fat food. I also like a good honest hot oil burn on my forearm, so deep frying should be right up my alley. But because of the hot aerosolized fat that goes everywhere, the 7 or 8 bowls it usually takes and the cup or more [Continue Reading...]

Chicken Coop Update: Sand Bed-Deep Litter Hybrid System

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I’ve had a few readers ask for coop updates since we switched the area under the rooting bars from straw to sand. Ask and ye shall receive. Sand Bed Update The sand bed under the roosting bars is working out very well. The sand works like kitty litter and dries the chicken poop out. There is [Continue Reading...]

While I’m Away, Check These Out

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Hi Friends, I’ll be posting sporadically this week, if at all. It’s Spring Break: time to spend some time with the kiddos and get some solid work in on a few garden projects I’ve been needing to wrap up. While I’m quiet, here’s some stuff I’ve been loving: Back To Eden – an amazing film, [Continue Reading...]

Contest Winner: Free Range Chicken Gardens and The Fresh Egg Cookbook

Free Range Chicken Gardens - Jessi Bloom

Congratulations to Mary W., the winner of Free Range Chicken Gardens and The Fresh Egg Cookbook. Mary, check your email for details on how to get your books. Thanks to everyone who entered, don’t forget to check out any other giveaway sites where you might have entered: NW Bloom: Garden Fowl North Coast Gardening Living [Continue Reading...]

An 18 Month Old’s Ode To Broccoli

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On Things That Make You Feel Big Broccoli, my broccoli: Nothing brings me more joy I love you more than all my toys. With you I can pretend to be A big ol’ giant, eating trees. On Showing Your True Feelings Broccoli, my broccoli: When I know I get to eat you – and what [Continue Reading...]

Don’t Buy These 5 Williams-Sonoma Agrarian Products

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Last week Williams-Sonoma branched out from French dishwear, excellent knives and seasonal high-end cocoa mix into urban homesteading gear. With the launch of their Agrarian line, Williams-Sonoma now sells gardening gear, chicken and bee keeping supplies, seeds, edible plants, fruit trees and preserving supplies. Some people in the hardcore DIY community (you know who you [Continue Reading...]

Kim Kardashian’s Tomatoes: 5 Thoughts on Blogging

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Here’s something you might not know about blogging. If I write headlines like these: What Kim Kardashian Can Teach You About Tomatoes 20 Ways to Grow 1,000 Pounds of Vegetables In 10 Minutes A Day Why Overpaying For Seeds Is Costing You More Than Just Money  …there is a huge chance you will click on the [Continue Reading...]

Wall Mounted Clothes Drying Rack, Perfected

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Last week I talked about building my wall-mounted DIY clothes drying rack from a Freecycled baby play pen. Several readers expressed their concern that my rack as-built wouldn’t allow quite enough airflow to ensure prompt drying. I addressed those concerns temporarily by propping the rack when in-use away from the wall using a fruit tree branch spreader. [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: Free Range Chicken Gardens and The Fresh Egg Cookbook

Free Range Chicken Gardens - Jessi Bloom

Edible gardeners want to eat what they grow. Chicken owners want happy egg-laying helpers. But happy, free-ranging chickens will mess up a veggie patch faster than you can say cotyledon. And that is the conflict garden-growing chicken-owners face. Thankfully, Free-Range Chicken Gardens, the new book by landscape designer and chicken expert Jessi Bloom, tells you how [Continue Reading...]