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...
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.
(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...
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...
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...
Saturday, August 23rd
10:00am – 3:00pm
$5 per person
Organized by Heirloom Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens
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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...
(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...
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...
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...
The City of Wheat Ridge is in the process of considering a dwarf dairy goat ordinance (a draft version is not currently available, but we will link to it as soon as it is). One of the Wheat Ridge City Councilmembers asked about noise and smell issues associated with dwarf goats. These are important issues to consider when looking at any animal ordinance.
Goats bleat occasionally, but the average goat bleat is quieter than the average dog bark. Also, remember that some dogs bark when a person walks by, or if they see a squirrel, or if...