Skip to main content

Day 14 - Urban Gardening

It's Day 14 of the 23 day challenge over at Frugally Sustainable. Today's topic is Urban Gardening. Have you given any thought as to how much money you could save growing your own produce? You could tuck some herbs in to your landscape, have a couple of raised beds, tubs of fruit such as blueberries and citrus trees, even do some sprouts right in your own kitchen. Saves a bundle of money!


If you need some help on figuring out where to start, check out the Urban Organic Gardener. Mike has A LOT of ideas no matter how big or small your gardening space is. I really like his sections on composting and natural pest control.  We are organic gardeners and sometimes I think the bugs must spot the "open for business" sign. Mike has some pretty good, and funny ideas on how to control those little BUGgers.... get it? Bug.... Well, onto the Daily Goal......


Daily Goal: Share with us your gardening goals for 2012.


Gardening Goals? Wow! I have a bunch! We started gardening on a much larger scale about 2 years ago. I kept hearing in my head, "Garden like your life depended on it." So I did!
LAST YEAR                                                                                    
2 raised garden beds                                                                     
2 big pots for potatoes                                                                    
2 8' section Gutter Gardens                                                            
1 - 4 x 4 strawberry bed                                                                 
2 - Rain Barrels to save water for drip                                    
About 15 different kinds of herbs                                                   
We grew sprouts throughout the summer to add to salads
(mung bean, alfalfa, pea, sunflower, wheat berries)
Added a greenhouse


THIS YEAR
Add 4 more raised beds
4 Potato Pots (russets, white, reds, golds) 
4 more outdoor raingutter gardens 
3 more Strawberry beds   
More rain barrels working in tandem for drip irrigation  
More herbs & medicinal varieties as well                                                                                           
Espalier a pear, cherry and apricot along a fence
With extra gardening beds, try to preserve more of what we grow
Get an earlier start in the spring utilizing the greenhouse
Ok, not necessarily GARDENING, but I am pushing for 2 to 3 hens for fresh eggs

Last year we grew peas, beans, celery, onions, leaf lettuce, baby carrots, potatoes, spinach, chard, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, zuchinni, and much more! Basically, we looked at what we eat in the way of fresh produce and tried to grow it. We even have fruit (lemon, lime, mandarin orange, fig, apple) and avocado trees.... dwarf varieties so we didn't take up all our backyard in trees and blueberries, grapes and ollallieberries too. 
HERE'S a little video of what we are doing.....

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Baby Shower Busy-ness

Ok, you probably thought I fell off the face of the earth right? Nope, there is just alot happening around here. The next event is Beckie's Baby Shower this Sunday. Decided to make my very first Diaper Cake and these are just a few of the pictures. The first thing I did was watch about 20 YouTube videos describing how to do it. Then I bought my supplies and put it together roughly first then more refined about a day later. This is a close up of the baby sock roses with mitten leaves. Yes, that video DOES exist! Next is a close up of wrist rattles and a little caterpiller radio that makes soothing sounds for baby. Background ribbon is from WalMart and the blanket set is from the Jungle Adventure Collection at K-mart. The topper for our "Jungle" themed cake is a Silver Back Ganz Gorilla . These little links slipped easily over the ribbon and added a little extra bling to the sides of the cake. Each layer consists of diapers along with extras like washcloths, burp pads and

Coffee T. Rice House

Isn't this a beautiful Victorian Style home? You can't see all of it because of the shrubbery and trailer park at the base of the house. It made me curious about the history of the house so I looked it up. Here is what I found. This is the historical information I found written  HERE . Coffee T. Rice House Oceano, California History and Description: Coffee T. Rice was a wealthy financier, with enterprises throughout the State, who migrated from Ohio to San Francisco. When a railroad was surveyed through this area he envisioned an industrial center here and acquired various properties close to the right of way. He introduced celery production to the area. Rice started construction on his home in 1885 using the same craftsmen that were working on the Pitkin House. The house originally had 20 rooms and was painted yellow. Surrounded by well-kept grounds with various trees and a sundial, the house was approached by an oval driveway and a stone-pillared entryway. The grounds also in

Norwegian Pancakes (Norska Pannekaken)

Every culture has its pancake and this is the Norwegian version, a very light, crepe-like pancake that goes with just about anything. These "pancakes" are light and eggy and go with both sweet and savory fillings. When my chickens start up laying eggs in the Spring, we LOVE to make these pancakes, freezing the excess for another day. Yes, they freeze and thaw perfectly! Most people have the simple ingredients on their shelves and in their refrigerators SO LET'S GO! Original Recipe Can Be Found on the Outside Oslo Website   Here . Norska Pannekaken 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon Scandinavian vanilla sugar* 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan Mix all ingredients except butter in a medium-sized bowl using a whisk or fork until the batter is smooth and you have no lumps. Stir in butter. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the batter rest. Meanwhile, warm a