sustainable living

Why Are We Doing This?

Someone asked me recently, and very innocently: “why are you guys growing so much food?  It was a valid question in which I didn’t have a clear and ready answer.  It led me to reflect on why we choose to invest our time into turning our acre into an edible one and blogging about it.  After […]

Supermarket Eggs – helping you decode what those labels really mean.

Not too long ago, I found myself at the grocer standing in front of a large selection of eggs at various prices marked:  “cage-free”, free range”, “free run”, “grain fed”, “Omega Rich Eggs”.  Confusing, right?  Like me, you might have wondered what is the difference between a 7.00 dozen of eggs and 2.00 dozen […]

Bug… hotels?!

Yes, thats right there is such a thing!  I have been looking up some information about them and how to construct one since I am pretty keen on creating some fun spaces in the new garden design.  While they should be fun and add an element of ‘design’, its important they have a function […]

Learning the Basics and an Exciting Announcement!

Chris and I have learned a lesson regarding the planting of tomatoes.  The lesson is this:  don’t do what we did.  We planted them WAY too close together and the result was a mess.  We would have had tons of gorgeous tomatoes had we only spaced them apart further.  The fact that we got […]

Coop Update – Phase One almost complete.

These fluffy buggers are pretty cool!  We have been working hard on our coop – ok, correction – Chris has been working hard to get the run in for them to get outdoors and frolic safely.  We will let them free range in the yard with us once they are bit older but right […]

On a more personal note…

Chris and I have been asked a lot of questions lately about House and Bloom and our future plans/thoughts/vision, so we thought we would answer some questions on here.

Our posts thus far have been rather impersonal and only giving a glimpse of our vision, but as things evolve I’m sure we will have more […]

Farming and Children – just do it!

I am SO thrilled with The Potager, not just for the obvious reasons which is FOOD — but particularly Kerrington’s involvement.  She is gaining so much from our decision to start this Urban Farming adventure!  From responsibility and respect (caring for the plants), to the science of it (plants, animals, and weather all effect […]

Move-In Day for the chicks

It was move in day for the feathers!  While the project is not entirely finished – there is still a lot we need to do with the space – we wanted to get them in there as soon as possible.

We will do a post about the Coop from start to end but I really wanted […]

Veggies and Chickens – oh my!

We got chickens!  It all began with a pretty innocent visit to a local lavender farm.  We had spent some time talking to the farmer, and he had some unsexed Black Copper Maran chicks.  Before we knew it we planned to take six of them.  We all then came down with a pretty bad […]

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