• Seasonal Snaps: Summer Solstice 2013

    by  • June 21, 2013 • Featured, Gardening & Pets, Home & Family • 1 Comment

    Welcome summer!
    urban homestead front yard garden
    Things are green around here. In the front yard, we have a squash and grains patch and the Swainway Urban Farm annex, six long rows of organic tomatoes, peppers, beets, and celery root.

    urban homestead front yard
    Out back, the baby orchard is coming along. We’re collecting no fruit from these trees, but are eating mulberries from a wild tree and looking forward to harvest from an existing apple and pear tree.

    urban homestead month nine
    We’ve taken down trees, built a new coop, and started many gardens near the house. The natural playground balance beam, steps, and swinging rope lie between the orchard and near gardens.

    urban homestead chicken yard and hoop house
    Chicks are growing too. Lil and I allowed this Buff Brahma to explore the hoop house recently. We’ve eaten peas, greens, strawberries, radishes and beets from the hoop house this spring; the beds now contain tomatoes and peppers.
    hen in hoop house

    We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress from winter solstice 2012 to spring equinox 2013 to now. We’re not stopping yet – we have plans for a big harvest, mud room, and maybe even a renovated indoor kitchen before the next season change.

    What’s happening in your neck of the woods?

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    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. My favorite color is purple, my favorite vegetable is whatever is fresh and local, and my favorite drink is whatever you're pouring. Follow me @racheltayse


    One Response to Seasonal Snaps: Summer Solstice 2013

    1. June 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

      It’s beautiful! I can’t believe how much land you have in the city. So happy you found a place where you do all the things you’ve wanted to do. Good luck on the upcoming renovations too.

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