Backyard Roots by Lori Eanes - PRE-ORDER NOW!!!

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:01 PM

I am super excited for the release of Lori Eanes new book "Backyard Roots - Lessons on living local from 35 urban farmers".  Why?  Because Havenscourt Homestead is featured in this book along with several of my friends including:

You can pre-order your copy now via this link:  Pre-Order Today!

Here's a little sneak peek!

Yes - This is SUPER EXCITING for our homesteading community.  I hope you order a copy and enjoy Lori's wonderful photography.

I sure hope this pays off

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, February 18, 2013 12:04 PM

Over the past couple of days, I've been up-potted most of my tomato starts into 4" pots.  They are now in my temporary make-shift hoop house for hardening off.  With any luck, the bulk of them will grow into healthy transplants.  If you haven't been following their progress, check out my 365 @ HH page for pictures.

This year, once again, my homestead will be featured on the Bay Friendly Garden Tour, April 28th.
During the tour, I'm trying to make some extra cash by selling heirloom varieties of various veggies, especially tomatoes. I expect it to be a big hit.

Depending on how it goes and/or how many transplants I end up with, I may end up having a plant sale here at the homestead after the tour.  So if you are interested in purchasing transplants, let me know in advance.  Once they are more established, I'll try to remember to post a list of the available varieties.

Back into the garden I go!  I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend.

Kitty, Kitty! It's SO PRETTY! How does your garden grow?

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:53 AM

With careful planning old school style.  

This year I've added additional raised beds in both the front and back yards, drastically increased my growing space.  That means I'll be growing a lot more varieties.  But you can't just plug in plants willy nilly.  No.  You have to take in growth habits, companion plants, etc..  

This to-scale layout contains all of my raised beds, barrels, extra large, large, and medium pots along with a couple hanging baskets and deep containers.  It takes time to create it and lay out the plants, but it's well worth it when harvest time and succession planting time comes around.  Although not set in stone yet (i.e. glued down), I believe I'm happy with the layout.  I have about half of my varieties started and the other half are direct sow.  With the 3-day weekend coming up, I do believe I'm ready to start planting.

The most important thing at this stage is to KEEP THE CATS OFF THE TABLE!!!