A Week or Two in Pictures (3/12 – 3/27)

We started the week off with a gorgeous – HUGE – full moon.

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After a bout of cool weather, Spring hit and the temperatures have been lurking somewhere about the 50-60° range. It’s been so warm that I’ve moved my seedlings outside along with my citrus trees.

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One of my lemon trees has been doing especially well and is covered with sweet smelling blooms. I attempted to hand pollinate some of the blooms but after moving it outside, I’m hoping that the bees will take over the job for me. I just realized yesterday that I had an orange tree. My citruses were all left at mom’s for the year or so I was transitioning to Robb’s house and included a lime tree. One tree died and I was so certain it was the orange. I was sad to discover that it was my lime!

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Robb and I went down to the beach last weekend and had a great time, depsite the rain. We ate at Two Roads Tavern, picked up donuts from Duck Donuts, and had a fun time at the Manteo Aquarium. For more of a recap and a review of Two Roads Tavern, visit The Edible Coast.

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This past Sunday was a great day for outside chores. We messed with the chicken coop (the chickens received new straw under the coop and new pine shavings inside of the coop), planted Swiss Chard and Brussels Sprouts, and generally enjoyed the good weather.

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Our newest chicken, Ipsy, is the chicken on the left hand side (below photo). She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte and as you can see, she is missing quite a few feathers on her backside from an overzealous rooster. Since I’ve brought her home, she has already put on a little more weight and I can see feathers starting to grow back.

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The straw from the chicken coop gets put into the garden to give the plants an extra boost.

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We officially listed our house for sale! We are going by the route of “for sale by owner” and I am confident that I can get the house sold. We are determined to move forward with finding a place with more space so we can grow our homestead.

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I tried to get a nice picture with Belle as we were all relaxing on Sunday, this is the one that came out the best. She saw the camera and just started acting like a diva.

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I decided to make fish tacos on Sunday, so I made a fresh pico de gallo. Unfortunately none of the produce was from our garden but hopefully the next time I make it – it will have all homegrown items (except for lime… sadly).

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Our delicious Alaskan halibut tacos with cilantro, pico de gallo, coleslaw, and a lime crema. What a great end to a busy weekend!

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A Week or Two in Pictures (3/4 – 3/12)

The past couple of weeks have been busy! The weather has been halfway decent (up until this week) so Robb and I were able to get out in the yard. In between our yard work and housework, we made it a point to go see “Logan” in theaters (review) and I was able to make a pie in honor of Pi Day (recipe).

Since I love looking at pictures more than reading text sometimes, I thought I would make this primarily a photo post!

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Robb readied his part of the garden for broccoli and kale which we planted Saturday afternoon (I think).
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Broccoli plugs purchased from a local small business – they had just arrived that day and looked so nice and fresh.
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I started my pepper plants back in February – they are looking so good! I’ve never had such a high germination rate for peppers.
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My slightly messy looking beds – garlic is planted in one, onions in the other. The dogs, for some reason, like walking through my beds the most.
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Belle making sure I don’t go anywhere with her moose.
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I got up close and personal with my girls.
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I was gifted with 4 duck eggs at the Edenton Farmer’s Market. I’ve never cooked with duck eggs before but am debating a nice cake or custard maybe.

One thing not pictured is the new chicken I picked up on Saturday. She’s a Silver Laced Wyandotte (I named her Ipsy) that’s just starting to lay. She has a huge bald spot on her back from being bullied but I know that her feathers will grow back soon. She’s still checking things out in the coop but so far, everyone is getting along decently well. I’ll post of picture of her soon, once the weather warms up again and I can spend more time in the coop.

Thoughts on “Urban Fruit”

When I’m bored, I usually find myself reading. My books of choice are usually something related to the history of certain foods or about food culture in general. I found myself without a book of any sort the other day and found a documentary on Amazon by the name of “Urban Fruit”.

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From the website:

URBAN FRUIT tells the story of a handful of city dwellers growing food in Los Angeles, California. They are a diverse group intent to reclaim a skill that has been lost to the industrial food complex. We witness their struggles with the city, their families, nature and themselves.

Rishi Kumar / Founder of The Growing Home
Gardner Jenna & Adam Barber / Home growers for Forage Restaurant
Ron Finley / ‘Gangsta Gardner’, Eco-visionary

While I enjoyed hearing each of the individuals’ stories, Ron Finley stole the show for me. The ‘Ganga Gardner’ has a manner that is easily accessible and I can see a whole subgroup of people being able to relate to him. Those that might think gardening is not for them should heed his words:

“Plant some shit.”

(Side note: Though the Barbers did name one of their chickens “Robot Chicken”.)

One of the main reasons I moved home several years ago was that I was tired of the city. I was tired of the lack of fresh air, the crowds, the lack of just… space. Gardening was never on my radar until I moved home. I don’t know what happened there. There was something about putting my hands in dirt, plantings seeds, watching fruits and vegetables grow that just seemed right to me.

At the time, it never occurred to me that there were city dwellers with gardens. In fact, I don’t think it was as such of a widespread occurrence as it is now. People are starting to realize that there is something wrong with our current food system and they are trying to make an impact – it may not be a large impact in their minds, but any revolution starts with baby steps.

The people in this video show that you should take advantage of the space given to you. If you only have a balcony, put a few plants in pots out. Use what resources you have today instead of waiting for what comes in the future.

Definitely give this documentary a watch.