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    Seed Starting Success Stories (Finally)

    I started taking records of my garden this year on a spreadsheet. It allows me to keep track of what kinds of plants, how many, production/yield. It also allows me to take notes about what grows and what doesn’t. Of the tomatoes I started in mid May, which was many, I only have a handful remaining and that is a generous estimation. I knew there had to be user error, since since SO MANY of my plants were dying to damping off. Damping off is this obnoxious illness where you will see your tiny little sprouts, they will be trucking along, and then…droop. The droop turns to shrivel and poof;…

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    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…

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    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…