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Neglected Garden = Improvised Meal

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Neglected Garden = Improvised Meal

Our 475 square foot garden has been left to run wild for the last couple of weeks or so. Finally, as it looked like the weeds were about to swallow the pepper plants, I decided it was time to get out there and do some work. Harvesting wasn’t really on my mind, but as I weeded I discovered lots of food. We took a few beets and carrots, lots of peppers and eggplants, zucchini and yellow squash (of course), pickling and slicing cucumbers, and all of the basil that was in desperate need of clipping. I spent the harvesting time brainstorming...

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Organic, Ultra-Local Produce… Come and Get It!

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in farmers' market | 0 comments

Organic, Ultra-Local Produce… Come and Get It!

  We’re excited to announce that Heirloom Gardens is teaming up with Potter Highlands Produce to bring organic, heirloom, ultra-local vegetables and herbs to the 32nd Ave Farmers’ Market. Stop by and see us on Sundays from 9am to 1pm at 32nd & Lowell in northwest Denver. Potter Highlands Produce is an urban farm that sells produce to restaurants and at farmers’ markets, and Heirloom Gardens is growing in a large front-yard garden. Part of the beauty of coming together at the 32nd Ave Farmers’ Market is that...

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Wrap-Up: The 5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Homemade Life | 1 comment

Wrap-Up: The 5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour

The 5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour (organized by Denver Botanic Gardens and Heirloom Gardens) was a big success. Around 150 participants had the opportunity to visit 10 urban homesteading sites in the metro Denver area. Our home was one of the tour sites, so unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to check out the other homesteads. But I heard fantastic things from the guests, and everyone I spoke with emphatically stated that the tour was a terrific way to get ideas, learn tips & tricks, ask questions, and get inspired. Our community...

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Diary of a New Garden: Part 3

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Gardening | 3 comments

Diary of a New Garden: Part 3

(Part 1 of this series showed the transition from sod-covered yard to fertilized garden.) (Part 2 showed the planting of the fruit trees and vegetable seedlings.) First-year gardens are unique creatures. As I was preparing for the Urban Homestead Tour, I created a little welcome document for our visitors. Here is part of the introduction: “Today you will have the opportunity to visit a number of gardens that are well-established and have wonderful, fertile soil. This is not one of those gardens. This site is an opportunity to tour a...

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Recipe: Homemade Cream Cheese (you can use goat milk!)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Cheesemaking, Goats, Recipes | 2 comments

Recipe: Homemade Cream Cheese (you can use goat milk!)

People who learn that I have backyard dairy goats always ask me, “Do you make cheese?” I know that they’re thinking of chevre, or maybe some feta now and then. But what people don’t realize is that you can make a wide variety of cheeses using goat milk. And, as a bonus, milk from doe goats that are not kept with bucks is sweeter and less “goaty” tasting than most of the goat milk that’s available commercially. In our house we mostly like to use our goat milk in things that can be made quickly, which...

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Recipe: Potato, Zucchini & Pea Tikka Masala

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Recipes | 1 comment

Recipe: Potato, Zucchini & Pea Tikka Masala

Tikka masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes. The creamy, rich tomato sauce seasoned with all kinds of spices, cooked with veggies and served over rice… yum. It’s savory and warming — perfect for a filling meal at the end of a long day. Plus, it keeps wonderfully as leftovers for lunch. This dish uses some of what is available in Colorado gardens at the end of July, like zucchini and new potatoes. Many people are getting their first jalapenos in, and some of the gardeners I know still have peas. The recipe is adaptable...

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Tickets Now Available for the 5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour!

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in community | 0 comments

Tickets Now Available for the 5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour!

Saturday, August 23rd 10:00am – 3:00pm $5 per person Organized by Heirloom Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens (Click “Add to Cart” to purchase tickets.)   Price: $5.00 Quantity: Interested in sustainable home practices, self-sufficiency, and lifelong learning? Then join us on Saturday, August 23rd for the 5th annual tour of local urban homesteads. See food production, chicken- and goat-keeping, backyard bees, natural building, composting, sustainable design, and more applied in all kinds of spaces and...

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Diary of New Garden: Part 2

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in garden pics, Gardening | 0 comments

(Part 1 of this series showed the transition from sod-covered yard to fertilized garden beds.) Unfortunately our garden’s watering system needed repairs and they weren’t completed until the end of May. So, the planting happened a little later than I would have liked, but hopefully we’ll still get a good amount of food from the garden before the first frost. Better late than never! The first task was to dig up and move all of the perennial fruit from the old garden. Since we were only moving a mile and a half away, I...

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5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour: Call for Entries!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

5th Annual Urban Homestead Tour: Call for Entries!

Do you have… Chickens? Goats? An amazing garden? Bees? Home-scale aquaponics? Canning, cheesemaking, or homebrewing setup? Composting? Vermiculture? Water catching? Alternative energy? Some combination of the above, and a desire to inspire and educate others? If so, then sign up as a host for the fifth annual Denver Botanic Gardens Urban Homestead Tour! When:  Saturday, August 23rd from 10am – 3pm What they are looking for:  Local urban homesteaders who exhibit a commitment to self-sufficiency, sustainability, and...

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Diary of a New Garden: Part 1

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Gardening | 2 comments

For the last many years our family was happily settled in a little home in northwest Denver. Our home actually became more of a homestead, with gardens in the front and back yards (including 6 recently planted dwarf fruit trees), a hoophouse on the side patio, and a barnyard with dwarf goats and chickens. The gardens, through years of care and lots a manure from the livestock, had fantastic soil. As much as we loved our old house, my family recently decided to move. The great news is that the new house is on a corner lot, with — wait for...

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