More Urban Homesteading?

Well, 2 things happened since the last post. I finished doing what I decided to do with the “lasagna bed” that turned out to be a compost pile. I don’t know what I’m doing so this is going to be a giant experiment. Bottom layer is cut up stuff from the brush pile (behind/to the right, depending on the picture). Then is the 4 bags of rabbit crap, wood shavings, and hay. Then the slightly rotted leaves from over on the patio that I finally picked up. Then the branches from the pear tree that I hacked off because they kept stabbing and grabbing at us when we’d walk past (damn tree).

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We’ll see what happens with that in Spring. I’ll keep throwing greens and browns on, but we’ll see. I also might throw something on there that will come from our latest excitement: quail!

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4 hens and 1 roo. Here’s a closer picture that I took by myself, and I was not holding her well at all, so she’s uncomfortable and it’s also just not a very good picture. But look at what a nice girl she is being, all the same. Oh also I took it at dusk, sorry.

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Here’s something I’ve never seen discussed on any of the quail or poultry forums: there will be approximately a 5 billion percent increase in the flies in your AO if you get quail. What the hell is going on?? Apparently it’s a bad year for flies though, and people actually *are* talking about it. Now, after we bought them and have them in our back yard. Now they’re talking about the freaking flies. But whatever. These lovelies will hopefully provide us with eggs, babies, and eventually meat (and wings, heads, and feet for my jewelry). I’m going to be tracking how much we spend on them, I guess, to see how cost effective it is to have animals we know enjoyed their lives and weren’t tortured to death to become our food/jewelry materials. I’m sure it’ll be worth it, really, since I hate the idea of things living terribly and then dying horribly so I can have a damned hamburger for dinner. Oh, plus they’ll give us poop. Which brings me to my latest obsession.

I can’t stop looking at and coveting the giant stacks of rotten hay I see all over the place now. I get really frustrated when I see listings in the Free section of Craigslist for “Free horse and goat manure, you load! Take as much as you want!” because MAN. That’s damn gold right there son! I’m relatively sure we’re going to end up on some land that’s essentially rocks and dust that is is only on the ground because we haven’t freed it from the rocks yet, so I want all this stuff so I can begin improving it into actual stuff that will grow things. Like, HUMUS. That’s “the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms,” not the delicious chickpea stuff.

Hmm, I wonder if we can grow chickpeas…

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