• Dig Dig for Victory

    Happenings around the Urban Homestead-99 Problems, but the Chicks Ain’t One.

    The month began with three new arrivals on the Leyshaw Homestead. We’ve been eating a lot of eggs since sheltering at home became the norm. The plan was to get another hen; ONE point of lay hen. There were a few problems with this plan. Problem 1: We decided early on that if we got one hen, we would need to get her a hen friend to keep her company during her quarantine before we introduced her to the Sussex girls. To keep a hen by herself for an extended period of time seemed cruel. So one hen became TWO hens pretty early in the plan. This quickly revealed the…

  • Dig Dig for Victory

    It’s Dirt Day!

    I woke up this morning to the “beep, beep, beep” of a truck backing up. A dump truck had arrived at my house, bringing three cubic yards of fresh, organic compost that is now sitting in my driveway. The first year we gardened at the Modage, we bought compost from a local vendor, The Ground Up. We borrowed a friend’s truck and we unloaded it ourselves. Those beds survived about a year and a half before they were invaded and eaten by ants. Being completely horrified by the fact that my beds only survived less than two years before being eaten through by bugs, I decided to take drastic measures…

  • Dig Dig for Victory

    Fowlsom Prison Blues

    I am finally off on summer break, so I’ve been spending my time finishing projects. Today, I finished Fowlsom Prison and just in time, because Friday is “Dirt Day.” I bought myself three cubic yards of compost to amend and top off my beds for summer planting. I’m super excited about my new dirt and the new plants that will be going in the beds. My garage is getting to be ridiculous. We have several chicken run enrichment projects lined up, so that we can improve the girls’ quality of life, now that they don’t get free range of the yard. We covered the run with 90% shade cloth, because…