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Sunday Socials & Hootenanny - every Sunday (6pm - 10pm) Homestead Music with Frank Fairfield & Zac Sokolow Sat, Oct 12 (7pm) Canning Workshop Tues, Oct 22 (7pm) Film & Food Night. Documentary film screening and potluck with special guest...
Sunday Socials & Hootenanny - every Sunday (6pm - 10pm) Homestead Music with Frank Fairfield & Zac Sokolow Sat, Oct 12 (7pm) Canning Workshop Tues, Oct 22 (7pm) Film & Food Night. Documentary film screening and potluck with special guest Dr Kevin Narramore, Thurs Oct 24 (7pm) Knit Together & Workshop Wed, Oct 30 (7pm) For full details of events check out our online calendar Remember spaces are limited!
about 6 hours ago
Merton and Islington are jointly named as London?s top ?Good Food Boroughs? in the Good Food for London 2013 league table, with Hillingdon and Lewisham also praised for having made the most progress.
Merton and Islington are jointly named as London?s top ?Good Food Boroughs? in the Good Food for London 2013 league table, with Hillingdon and Lewisham also praised for having made the most progress.
2 days ago
I caught onto Billy Bragg late. I remember listening to him when I was growing up in the 80s, but I was a kid and his music didn't strike a chord with me like some of the other more trendy/daytime Mtv bands of the time. However, towards ...
I caught onto Billy Bragg late. I remember listening to him when I was growing up in the 80s, but I was a kid and his music didn't strike a chord with me like some of the other more trendy/daytime Mtv bands of the time. However, towards the later end of my twenties, when I started to become aware of what the hell was going on with my life and all the little isms that are a part of it, I stumbled across an album of his that started a tirade of collecting and listening. His music since then has had an influence on and given a voice to my moral compass. This past Thursday Meg and I got to catch a show. The dude is incredible.
3 days ago
Since we've been together, Meg and I have had only one good potato harvest. The rest have all been crap. However, this year was not too bad. I give credit for our success to Jude. This was the first season t...
Since we've been together, Meg and I have had only one good potato harvest. The rest have all been crap. However, this year was not too bad. I give credit for our success to Jude. This was the first season that he has been old/able enough to help from beginning to end. He took part in the planting, hilling, and harvesting. Our literary influence this year was Two Old Potatoes and Me.
3 days ago
"With technology’s noose tightening via Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, MySpace and Blackberry Messenger, 1,000 cable channels and hundreds of thousands of blogs, Fairfield’s music feels like a water from a cold, clean river." We are p...
"With technology’s noose tightening via Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, MySpace and Blackberry Messenger, 1,000 cable channels and hundreds of thousands of blogs, Fairfield’s music feels like a water from a cold, clean river." We are pleased to announce that LA's own Frank Fairfield will be preforming at the homestead, Saturday Oct 12 at 7 pm  (Free Refreshments!) NPR Frank Fairfield: A One-Man Folk Revival “A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who’s crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it.” —Greil Marcus Full event details.  Spaces are limited make sure RSVP
5 days ago
Have you been on the Apartment Farm Facebook page recently? If not, you might want to check it out. Inspired by Urban Homesteading Is a Way of Life, who posts a lot of free e-books, I’ve started to do the same! I only post books th...
Have you been on the Apartment Farm Facebook page recently? If not, you might want to check it out. Inspired by Urban Homesteading Is a Way of Life, who posts a lot of free e-books, I’ve started to do the same! I only post books that I’d be interested in reading myself, so you can be sure they’re fairly decent reads – I’ve got some Gooseberry Patch and Lonely Planet titles listed currently. You should act quickly though – a lot of the Amazon deals are free for a limited time only, so if you see one you want, snap it up! I’m also really big into Shutterfly. We do photo books and calendars every year for Christmas for my in laws, and they love getting a collection of photos of Little Man. And 99% of the time, I get the items for free and only have to pay shipping. With the photo books, that’s a $20 savings! So when I come across a great code for free Shutterfly products, I’ll post it on the Facebook page as well. So far I’ve posted codes for cards, books, address labels, mouse pads… if I find a good one, I’ll list it! But just like the books, act fast. Shutterfly does put expiration dates on their free product codes. And here’s a tip for those of you that think you won’t have time to make a product on the fly before the free code expires – don’t. Make your products in advance and save them in your projects. Then when a free code comes up, you’ve got the item ready to go, or in a form that you can easily modify to fit the code criteria. What’s better than free? Hope you guys enjoy it, and please – pass along the deals! Filed under: Musings Tagged: Apartment Farm Facebook page, free e-books, free Kindle books, free shutterfly codes
7 days ago
I am a big fan of Dollar Tree – everything in the store is literally a dollar and they’ve got some real treasures if you’ve got a creative eye. These Martha Stewart spider silhouettes are great, but at nearly $15 for...
I am a big fan of Dollar Tree – everything in the store is literally a dollar and they’ve got some real treasures if you’ve got a creative eye. These Martha Stewart spider silhouettes are great, but at nearly $15 for a package of 10, a bit pricey. Dollar Tree has packages of 15 this year for $1 each, and they have spiders, bats and mice. I bought two of each! What’s creepier than bugs crawling up the doors and walls? The above image is from the Delia Creates tutorial on how to make magnetic spiders. It’s a great idea for those with metal doors, or to use on the fridge. Since I don’t have a metal door, I just put mine on the wall using poster putty. And of course, I like to glitter mine. Dollar Tree always has bags of spider rings, and you can usually find other creepy crawlies there as well – I picked up a mixed bag of spiders, cockroaches and centipedes last year. The above image is from The Charm of Home’s tutorial on how to decorate a mantel with a decorated window pane. She cleverly uses window clings on a glass window frame backed with scrap book paper, which is great way to class up window clings. I actually bought the exact same ones at Dollar Tree this year, and I lazily just stuck them on the kitchen window. But the point is, while there are a lot of really hokey, awful window clings out there, you can usually find a few sets that you can work with in a fun way. The above image is from In These Small Moments, and while she picked up her fake gourds at Michaels, they always sell bags of them at Dollar Tree. They also sell plastic skeletons and skulls that you can glitter as well, as I did a few years ago. And from CraftElf  we have a great use for candy corn. I know exactly one person that enjoys eating that stuff. So with two Dollar Tree vases and a bag of candy corn, you can have a cute flower arrangement for fall. Or you can swap out the flowers for a candle and only fill the vase halfway. So, can you decorate your house for Halloween on a $10 budget without it looking hokey or dumb? You bet. And when in doubt, just glitter it. Filed under: Crafting Tagged: candy corn vase filler, CraftElf, Delia Creates, Dollar Store Crafts, Dollar store decorating, Dollar Tree decorating, Dollar Tree halloween, glittered gourds, glittered skeletons, glittered skulls, glittered spiders, halloween decorating, halloween decorating on a budget, halloween window clings, In These Small Moments, magnetic spiders, Martha Stewart halloween cutouts, Martha Stewart halloween silhouettes, The Charm of Home
7 days ago
The Amy Sedaris vanilla cupcakes are all over Pinterest. Observe - Last month I was looking for a good vanilla cupcake recipe for Little Man’s second birthday, and Amy Sedaris’s name kept popping up. But if you’re a ...
The Amy Sedaris vanilla cupcakes are all over Pinterest. Observe - Last month I was looking for a good vanilla cupcake recipe for Little Man’s second birthday, and Amy Sedaris’s name kept popping up. But if you’re a follower of the blog CraftFail, you know that all that glitters on Pinterest is not necessarily gold. But fortunately for me (and Little Man) these cupcakes actually live up to the hype. They are amazing. They are, quite simply, the best vanilla cupcakes I’ve ever had. So I give you, the Amy Sedaris Vanilla Cupcake recipe. I followed the recipe to the letter, except I switched out the milk for plain soy milk, and it worked just fine. These are sweet cupcakes, make no mistake. Definitely a special occasion dessert. I elected to make mini cupcakes, and got 48 out of the recipe. If you do regular-sized cupcakes, you’ll get 24. And if you opt for jumbos, you’ll get a dozen. I guess if I’m honest, there is one problem with these cupcakes. They’re so good you’re going to want to bake them every week and not save them for special occasions at all… Filed under: Kitchen Tagged: Amy Sedaris's vanilla cupcakes, best birthday cake recipe, best vanilla cupcake recipe, Epicurious cupcake recipes
8 days ago
Homesteading keeps you on your toes especially when you have live animals you need to care for. This is particularly important when the temps hit triple digits (like it did a couple weeks ago). High temps demand that you take special car...
Homesteading keeps you on your toes especially when you have live animals you need to care for. This is particularly important when the temps hit triple digits (like it did a couple weeks ago). High temps demand that you take special care of the homestead menagerie as it puts added stress on the animals. This week, we had to deal with one of our bantam hens (now 6 years old) who was having trouble laying (can develop into something serious if the egg doesn't pass). We noticed that she was not running around with the others in the compound so we went over to inspect in order to determine what the problem was. She was trying to lay but was having a hard time of it. Not wanting to disturb her in this sensitive situation, we felt we'd give her some time; but, we kept a watchful eye, hoping that she wouldn't need assistance. Well, turns out it wasn't an easy lay as she kept scrunching. After 10 minutes or so, we noticed she was prolapsing a bit. Guess the poor girl was stressed with the heat and needed some extra help. We couldn't let her continue on with this uncomfortable ordeal. We went into the house and got some hot water and gently placed her in the water "chest high" making sure her backside and belly were both under the water, while lightly stroking her lower area in a downwards motion. It worked, and within about a minute, out popped the egg and she was off to join her mates scratching for worms. Whew, what a blessing!
8 days ago
This summer's  harvest turned out better than last year - better tomatoes, cukes and beans.  After harvesting over 2,000 pounds in the early first years, then in later years, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 lb on 1/10 acre, we've been lax in weig...
This summer's  harvest turned out better than last year - better tomatoes, cukes and beans.  After harvesting over 2,000 pounds in the early first years, then in later years, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 lb on 1/10 acre, we've been lax in weighing/tallying our harvest.  I know, I know, record keeping is important.  Heck, that's what got us where we are today.  The past few years we've gotten busy and are starting to feel, after over a decade of record keeping, "been there, done that."  I still think it would be nice to tally up and see how well (or not) the garden is growing. We are facing new challenges as the garden grows into its 25th year.  The biggest one  is mostly with the front yard.  Having turned the lawn into edible landscaping two decades ago, it's grown into a jungle.   Young fruit trees have  grown older and we are faced with the challenge of more shade in the front yard.  Shade is a good thing, unless you are trying to grow sun lovin' veggies (which gives the most lbs per sq. ft). It’s certainly difficult to mix edibles, annuals and perennials together.  I heard that one of the main proponents of  edible landscaping told attendees at one of her lectures that she tears out and replaces edibles every year.    The first couple of years they “fit” nicely; but, then, bushes and  trees get bigger and their shade circle grows.   Yes, there is the forrest farming concept; but, try as we might, no tomatoes will ever grow in shade. Alas, that means our front yard landscape will undergo yet another phase and stage.  We like to show  that edible landscaping can be “Pretty & Productive” but that does pose some challenges. How has your matured garden brought you challenges in your growing efforts?
9 days ago