Saturday, June 23, 2007

Putting food by 'n da 'hood

My son, urban homesteader in the making, helping his Mom out by filling the water bath canner ... k k he was promised that he could lite the stove. Promise him that he can play with fire & he's all there.
The canner he's filling was the one big new homesteading tool purchased new this year with tax $ . Pricey @ over a $130, put this under the heading of "should have had this all along".
Holds 15 quart jars, 27 pint jars, 10 half-gallon jars or 12 gallons mason jars from Lehmans.
Hopefully this will put an end to canning all nighters.
The stove is a circa 1900's four burner coal laundry stove. A real step up from canning on a fire pit & a one burner pot belly stove. Just below the ash door reads, Pennsular Stove, Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo. The biggest part of the stove would be the double walled basket where the fire is, ortherwise it breaks down into very easy but heavy cartable sections. On the back are two holes fitted with plumbing connections presumably to provide indoor hot water. Not sure if this was a retrofit. Antique find for $125 last year so after this canning season stove will be paid for.
Background is our urban farm ... k k garden but it produces like a farm.
Directly infront of that white picket fence is our heirloom Tomatoes.
Also two good producing third year Rhubarb plants.
Next to the rhubarb is celery, and some unexpected rogue heirloom Bloody Butcher toms.
Between that raised bed & the scavenaged firewood is the mixed salad greens cold frame, (top resting on the 3 cords of wood.
To the left that is one of two full size Frost variety Peach trees. A wedding gift last year to my DH. There's about 2 dozen or so peaches growing so we have high hopes.
See that corner of that white building behind the peach tree. Well my land or lot as we say in the city stops about 3 1/2 ' before that building. Hence our farm's name ... Thirtyfive by Ninety. Our lot size.
Also place a two story 1902 home, small driveway, and a 1920's garage (shed) .
Throw in western New York winter's as in Buffalo Blizzards. Zone 4 - 5.
Add a pinch of "not allowed by city code/zonning".
Mix with a good dose of limited direct sunlight due to neighbors trees.
Now you have urban homesteading in the real world.
Lock & load, were heading toward our goal of self suffiency on > 1/8 of an acre. Done on the cheap, as green as we can.
~~ pelenaka ~~

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Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest