Category Archives: Urban Homesteading

Blame it on La Niña

When I was growing up in northern British Columbia, meteorology was actually one of the “Nature Girl” type interests I held. I paid attention to weather patterns and cloud formations and tried to learn how to predict what the weather was going to do. I wasn’t terribly good at it, … [read]

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The Urban Farming Guys

I haven’t been this excited about a new ‘Net find since I found the Urban Homesteaders! Now Urban Farming Guys have taken things to a new level. Learn about milking goats. Aquaponics. Making your own soap! Create a community of like-minded urbanite farmers around you. Have a look at this … [read]

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Vertical farming, Part II

What got me thinking about vertical gardening again was a post a friend sent to me about a back-yard structure you can grow strawberries and herbs on. When you’re short on space, gardening UP makes so much sense, doesn’t it? Here are a couple of great ideas that some other … [read]

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Calgary now allows backyard chickens

Tom wouldn’t let me raise chickens even if I wanted to but it’s nice to know the option has become available. Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh eggs and chicken to eat? But they’re a lot of work and mess and I just don’t have the time right now, … [read]

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Urban agriculture in Edinburgh

One of the highlights of our trip to Scotland last year was Edinburgh. We happened to hit town during the Fringe Festival and the music, people and vibrant sights are burned in my memory (and stored on my harddrive) forever. The Scots are brilliant and resourceful, so it comes as … [read]

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The new ice age cometh

It’s snowing today in Calgary. Yes, in June. And while it’s true Calgary has seen snow in each month of the year (sometimes all 12 months of a single year), it took me by surprise and got me thinking. I’d heard rumours about a coming ice age and the last … [read]

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Diggin’ around

It’s the first real, sunny, gorgeous day of the year so far and I’ve been out in the gardens, watering and weeding. Seems we have a bumper crop of weeds this year, so I may have to get out a hoe rather than try to pick ‘em all by hand. … [read]

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Jane Kirkpatrick

Further to my decision of yesterday, I did a search on Amazon.com to see if there are any other Kirkpatrick writers of note. There are many. But a happy coincidence I discovered was a lady named Jane Kirkpatrick who lives in Oregon. She has written a number of books that … [read]

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Waiting for spring

Spring is gathering steam here in Calgary. The mounds of snow we received this year are slowly starting to recede and the sun is getting warmer and higher in the sky. I got excited and went out in the back yard to see what’s up back there. Look what I … [read]

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The costs of eating meat

Okay, let me say at the outset that I will probably never become a vegetarian. I love seafood too much, juicy chicken breasts occasionally, and I absolutely HAVE to have red meat (often in the form of an A&W Teenburger) now and then. But we have cut down on our … [read]

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