Why I like being an urban homesteader

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  1. cajun

    cajun Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hi. I am an urban homesteader because I live in an apartment and have a very small garden. It is a fun hobby and since I'm in my 60's I don't want to try to manage a big property. The physical side would not bother me but dealing wiith taxes and permits and neighbors would be too much stress.

    So the creative challenge of seeing just how far I can push the self-sufficiency envelope in a small apartment is actually a lot of fun. Keeps me healthy, too.

    Right now my efforts are limited to gardening and some wild food. I intend to start fishing since I can walk to the Nueces River and I'm also working on an indoor quail set-up. (Haven't got any quail, yet.)

    Any other urban homesteaders out there? Any other Texans? :)
     
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    Flatland Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Good for you. I'm all for people enjoying their way of life and not trying to live the way that other people think they should.
    Ever seen the British comedy series "The Good Life"? Well worth a look
     
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    Haven't seen that one but I have seen one called "Keeping Up Appearances" that was pretty funny in that sly sort of way that the Brits ate so good at.
     
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    The Good Life was about Mr and Mrs Good who decide to live self sufficient lifes in a very mosh part of London. Keeping goats growing their veggies.
     
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    Ah, the exact opposite of the comedy I saw :)
     
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    Welcome to the site Cajun. The Nueces River looks awesome. Would be a nice place to hang out and fish. How much garden have you got, is it like a Court Yard kind of thing? The indoor Quail should be interesting.
     
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    It's just that strip.

    I just planted green onions, carrots, dill, sweet peas, and okra. I have two cucumber vines off to a nice start, two cherry tomato and one roma tomato, black beans, strawberries, and malabar spinache.

    That's the Gulf of Mexico in the distance, Nueces Bay.
     

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    It's hard to see because it is so windy today that I could'nt get a good view with my phone's camera. But that part that is surrounded by tbe palm-branches is a sunken composter and those sacks are old dogfood bags in which I planted potatoes. They form the beginning of a banked- up area to make it into a raised bed.

    The garden is pretty sad right now because the maintenance man just painted the building and he didn't warn me to cover the plants and so I lost my brussels sprouts and I had to dig up part of one side.

    He shouldn't have to paint again for a couple years! In another month it will be fully recovered.
     
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    Hi Cajun! What a great fence you have for growing veggies up! Have you thought about doing sprouts indoors? xx kel
     
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    Wow, cool!

    You're making a good use of space there. How about a passionfruit vine up that fence? I reckon it would love that spot at the back. :)
     
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