Category: Urban Homesteading by Trial and Error

Lemon Basil has Taken Over

I love growing things.  I consider it less of a hobby and more of a passion, along the lines of reading and writing.  For me, nothing reaches that feeling of euphoria that often accompanies a finished piece of writing than watching something I’ve grown from seed thrive. Lemon basil was one of the herbs I…


Meet the Family!

I write about them all the time – so this is an introduction to my household.  Since I have writing on the brain, I am giving them bios like my own Tiffany Tiffany is a 4-year old Pomeranian with a serious attitude problem.  She lives for food, belly rubs, and chasing her Frisbee, though not…


garden update

On April 21, I planted: Mesclun, Romaine, Carrots, Radishes, Onion, Garlic I’ve lost all my radishes.  Last week, I came back from the Tenn Ren Fest and found all the leaves had mysteriously disappeared (aka attack of the hungry rabbit).  Where my outside guard cat was during the attack is up to debate.  I dug…


What’s in the Kitchen? Baked Chicken

Andrew and I have a bad habit of letting food go bad in the fridge.  This new farm lifestyle I’m attempting is hopefully going to push us into a more sustainable lifestyle – canning, storing, etc.  I’m determined to make better choices about food, including the money I spend on regular groceries.  No more food…


The Perils of Dogs and Chickens

It’s that time of year again – the city smells like stale beer and horse shit.  It must be Derby!  *cue unenthusiastic applause* I’ve done well at ignoring the signs, particularly because the ensuing monsoon rains have flooded out many of the Derby spectaculars.  They’ve rescheduled the boat race for June (June??  Derby ends May…


Planting Day 1

So, one raised bed has been finished and planted! I have five raised beds, each is 5 feet X 3 feet. I shoveled up all the grass and sort of “planted” the beds just a bit beneath the surface so that I could pile dirt around the outside of the beds. In this way, during…