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Another Day Another Egg

Rooster or Hen

Ok so I raised them all as chicks not knowing what they were yet until the day came to move them out the their new home “The Coolest Coop in town” The Coop Is Done

As time went by a few months I was wondering are these two beauties Roosters or hens?? Then one morning I heard a weird noise sorta like a crowing noise and yup!! The black and white one was a Rooster!!! Bummer! So I watched the other one and one day I could of swore it crowed also! That is until today I go out and hang out with the chicks and their in the coop sits this black and white one and next to that box a white hen sitting in her box. Hmm I thought what’s that crazy rooster doing!! Neither one would come out as I had treats with me so I left and came back 90 min later and both were gone and her lays one brown egg right where my so called rooster was sitting!!

And here she is I think it’s a she is sitting now! Go figure!! So this chicken Moma is on guard duty!

Happy Days at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead!

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The day has finally come

Months of chicken mothering

Today finally paid off!

After months of caring for little chicks day and night, feeding , watering, cleaning vents, cages and the endless supplies and food today was the day it all paid off with this “One Little Egg”

Sitting there all by its self in the nesting box wanting to be celebrated!!

So yes chicken Moma it all was worth it! I have bonded with all nine of them and even the Two Roosters!!

My first time raising urban chickens and I love every minute of it .

So stay tuned for further adventures at Yellow Banks Urban Homestead .

Ps. What come first the chicken or the egg???So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

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Reusable Non-Paper Towels

Save money, Less Waste and Prettier!

Are you tired of wasting money on paper towels that you keep throwing away and buying again time after time! I’m ; I could use the money on fun craft items!

It’s been on my mind for about a year now and recently visiting some awesome fabric shops with my friends I found some really cool fabric for my paperless reusable Towels!! And it’s so easy to do!

Here is what you need.

. Cotton or cotton blend fabric for top

.Terry material or cotton fleece

. Thread, straight Pins, Sewing Machine, and some music to sew by!

I cut squares of 13×13 of too fabric and bottom fabric.

Pin together with right sides together. See around edge leaving an opening to turn, then sew all around the edge and sew an X across the middle of both sides.

I’ll be folding mine and putting in a cute wire basket with a bow next to my sink!!

That’s it’s! Eazy Peazzy!!

Make themes, Gifts, and Napkins too!! That’s my next project!!

Just some more natural ideas on this “Ol Urban Homestead ”

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It’s a Full Moon Time to Transplant

Seedlings are ready to transplant and It’s also a full Moon perfect timing!

My Tomato and Pepper Seedlings are ready now to transplant to bigger containers and wouldn’t you know it the April Full Moon! Pink Full Moon they call it, And no the moon won’t be pink . It was given that name by the native tribes because of the spring pink flowers that spread on the ground. Pretty cool huh!

I will say it pays to buy Heirloom seeds and non-GMO for this is the first time my seedlings have ever survived! Happy Camper here I might add.

I used a starting potting mix and potting cups and they look good this evening.

Hopefully in a couple weeks I can harden them off and get them ready to plant in garden! Have you planted your gardens yet? These above are Jalapeño peppers and Tomato plants both Heirloom plants.

I’m hoping for a good harvest this year with the new plant boxes and more energy(losing weight helped me there)! Plus I love gardening and planting new Perennials on my trails and small flower beds.

I plant mainlyPerennials because one they last longer and two I don’t have to replant every year! One of my favorites are Lavender and Echinacea (cone flower). Both of these plant are hardy in my area and so beautiful when in bloom not to mention they both have medicinal qualities also! I like to dry my Lavender and use the wonderful smelling buds for soap, lotions and sachets, the lotion is very relaxing just before bed ,heck I have even sprinkled some on our sheets and pillows at night! The cone flower I dry for tea especially during cold and flu season it’s a great Immune booster!

Cone Flower

Lavender

I planted some seedings of Heirloom seeds only a third came up and holding their own still small so time will tell.

What grows in your garden?

Experiment and have fun with Mother Nature and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Happy Gardening🌱🌻

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Seeds and Seedlings

Seeds Vs. Starts.   Hmmm.  What would you like to do?  Let’s look into this together and I think I would like to do both, Why not?   Let’s go over the information and see what all it involves and make a decision.

When doing seeds we buy at the market we should always remember we may not get what we expected with results!

Start your own Seedlings. OR

Buy your Starts and plant them

 

Open pollinated heirloom varieties are an exception;  they almost always live up to expectation, and  generally have better disease resistance as well.  Local farmers in your area are the best sources for heirlooms seeds of varieties that will do good in your area or a reputable suppliers.

If you have a short growing season , you need to start. your seeds indoors six to eight weeks early and then harden them up before planting outside in your garden.

Buying nursery starts can be expensive but are more reliable and can be  planted right in the garden, Also you might be able to buy in bulk.

Where does your  garden grow?

One of the best ways for a healthy garden is to first start with good soil and nutrients.  Double dig and turn over compost and other amendments,  remember no chemicals!  And for those just starting out on their compost (like Me). ask around the local farmers for horse manure, chicken,  and  goat manure are all great to amend with your soil.  By raising your garden bed a few inches with soil you can get better drainage and avoid root run.  You can always dig trenches between the beds and pile up extra soil on the beds to raise them especially if you get a lot of rain like us!

Remember the size and shape of your Garden will matter also.  Long beds more than four feet wide are unpractical and hard to maintain as far as chores like weeding and harvesting.  Round beds five feet wide provide good access all around. Don’t forget raised beds!  If you don’t have the time and patience or just old and not as flexible like me!  These are great and on my to do list within a couple of weeks!  I have a post I  like this too just on raised garden beds.  Garden Boxes

How about growing in containers?  It’s a great idea for small spaces and you can start the crop early in a protected area and move the pots to more exposed locations, also to make it easier add a wheeled platform!   You can use plastic, clay, ,metal or wooden containers for growing vegetables.  The only problem with container gardening is the soil dries out faster and the roots only have so much space to grow in, So you may have to transplant or just start with a bigger pot.   Remember to change your soil from last year, never use old soil from last season!  All the nutrients are gone and may be bacteria, mold, and insects growing in the old soil.

So Seeds or Starts;  I like the fun in trying to do it myself plus the satisfaction of it,  But if its’ not successful then well It’s a lesson learnt.  If you purchase you starts from a quality supplier then you have a good guarantee the plant will grow and survive and a chance to maybe buy in bulk.  So compare, the  seeds are cheaper to start and the out- come is the same as long as you’re starts live and produce.  So you tell me what you want to do, as for me and my little homestead I will be doing both and either way for the majority all Heirlooms!

Happy Gardening!!!

 

Healthy Recipes

WHEAT BREAD

 

 

Home made Wheat Bread

 

2-1/2 TSP OF ACTIVE DRY YEAST

2 C LUKE WARM 1/2 WATER 1/2 Milk

2 TABL SUGAR

2 TSP SALT

3 C WHITE FLOUR

 

1/2 C HOT WATER

1/3 C BROWN SUGAR

2 TABL OF SHORTENING

2 TABL OIL

1 beaten egg

3 C WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

 

IN A LARGE NON METAL BOWL MIX YEAST AND WARM WATER AND ALLOW TO SIT FOR 10 MIN. ADD SUGAR, SALT, AND WHITE FLOUR. BEAT WITH WOODEN SPOON OR MIXER UNTIL SMOOTH. SET IN WARM PLACE UNTIL LIGHT AND BUBBLY.

MEANWHILE COMBINE HOT WATER WITH THE BROWN SUGAR, OIL; COOL TO LUKE WARM. ADD 1 BEATEN EGG AND ADD TO THE YEAST MIXTURE.

ADD WHEAT FLOUR AND MIX.

TURN OUT ON FLOURED SURFACE AND KNEAD, OR WITH BREAD DOUGH MIXER 4-7 MIN. DOUGH SHOULD BE ELASTIC.

COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUBLE , ABOUT AN HOUR.

DIVIDE DOUGH INTO TWO GREASED LOAF PANS AND COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUGH REACHES TOP OF PAN

 

BAKE @375 35-40 MIN OR UNTIL DONE.

The best wheat bread I’ve made!

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Home Made SPICE MIXES

Natural home grown spices

 

About 25 years ago I started drying some of my own veggies which back then wasn’t very many! I started with Celery and green peppers ; now through the years and more time after having had raised 4 boys things have changed.

Living in a little River town the past 23 years I began doing a garden again and canning and freezing along with drying veggies and herbs!

So here are a few items I make with some of my dried vegetables and herbs.

I dried my own Celery last fall and keep in canning jars. It’s so nice to have for soups, stew and such!

Author-Pamela Marston

 

The jar on left is the Celery, sorry forgot I ran out of Labels!

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The bottom bag is my mix of green peppers, red peppers and jalapeños! So good mixed with Meatloaf,Tacos,Chili and such.

Cilantro my Favorite herb to cook with or mix in my Italian dishes, I’ll be raising more this year !

Then last but Best is my Taco Seasoning and Chili seasoning mixes!

Taco Seasoning Mix

  1. 1/4 cup chili powder
  2. 1/4 cup cumin powder +2 Tablespoons
  3. 1-1/2. Tablespoon garlic powder
  4. 2tsp onion powder
  5. 2 tsp oregano
  6. 2tsp paprika
  7. 2 Tablespoons salt
  8. 1-1/2 tsp pepper

Put all ingredients in a pint jar and shake to mix well, This makes approximately 1 cup.

I add 3-4 Tablespoons to 2 lbs of hamburger

 

Chili Seasoning

  • 1/2 c chili powder +2 Tablespoons
  • 2 -1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 5 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 c plus 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons pepper
  • Add 3 Tablespoons and 1/2 cup water to 1 pound of meat