Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April Roundup- Urban Farm Handbook

April really took me by surprise! As a mother of three wee ones, a wife, an artist, and a teacher, I have a lot going on. As much as I wanted to finish the garden... feeding children and making sure they have a bath every once in a while just has to take precedence! Plus, there are furry and feathery babies around here, too.

If only my yard looked like this! Note: this
only LOOKS like my new greenhouse in shape, not context!
Here's the roundup report from my (almost!) failure of an April. Firstly, I send my husband off on an epic journey to purchase a Craigslist special of a greenhouse. I have always wanted one, but not one of the cheap plastic jobs for sale as a kit. This one is a compromise, not exactly my brick and glass house I might drool over, but not super cheap either. Imagine a Subaru towing a trailer with a large greenhouse strapped to the back, and you get the picture. At any rate, it's set up and has seeds actually GROWING in it.

The fence goal. 
We decided to have a larger, dedicated, garden this year. We have the sod out, and the soil tilled. I felt like a smarty-pants when I sprinkled chicken feed over the partially tilled ground and let the ladies have at it for a few days. Viola!  Just waiting on manure and the like before we plant. We live with wildlife, so I need a fence, and have made the decision (for better or worse) to make a wattle fence. We'll see if I can actually finish this... before winter! It probably won't keep the deer out, but it will keep out the chickens and ducks and dog.

Horizon Herbs- non GMO, no Monsanto!
This year, I started three different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, cukes, luffa (yes!), eggplant, basil, peppers, and... dye plants! I am a feltmaker, and the number one thing on my list to learn is use natural dye plants. I started madder, wild indigo, and purple basil from seed, and plan to get a few other starts to add to the dye garden this spring as well. I will also purchase some veggie starts to round out the garden, too.

We'll be getting together with some like-minded folks we know to start a sort of homesteading co-op buying club.. thing. Not sure what to call it. We'd like to go in on bulk buys from the Eastern Market in Detroit on grains, spices, coffee, and meats. Details to come! We'll also share our canned goods, garden starts, and produce/eggs.  Our family is joining a goat milk share program, so we're excited for the opportunity for fresh milk in a few weeks. As May begins to ramp up, I'm looking forward to getting this behind me!


  1. Sounds like you have been busy! Good luck!


    1. Thank you! Yes, it's been a crazy ride. I do know it will get done... eventually!