Take A Tour of Our Urban Garden!

Spring is arriving amazingly early here, which is making me extremely excited for gardening season! There are few things better, in my opinion. I’ve been drooling over photos of our garden from previous years and thought I’d share a few of my favorites to help get you all excited too! So, are you ready to take a tour of our little farm?

Urban Farming

We live on a 1/4 acre near downtown Olympia, WA. We have several raised garden beds, one large ground bed, a garden shed, greenhouse and chicken coop in our garden area.

Before Jordan was a stay-at-home dad, he was a carpenter. He built our chicken coop out of scrap materials left over from his carpentry jobs.

We have 7 laying hens, of all different kinds, which we raised from chicks.

Baby Chicks

Urban Chickens

Our yard has really turned into the neighborhood petting zoo. The neighbors bring their kids over to pet the chickens, feed the koi in our pond, pet the bunny (which we’ve since given to a new home) and explore the garden. It’s a lot of fun.

Urban Chickens
Our chickens are friendly, curious girls. They roam the yard, and occasionally wonder into neighboring yards. Luckily we have friendly neighbors that probably find it more amusing than anything, at least I hope so.

Urban Chickens

We benefit from our chickens in so many ways and their eggs are one of my favorites. Our girls lay beautiful brown speckled, white, pink, blue and green eggs. We get creative with egg recipes, like my Egg Souffle.

Urban GardenOur garden (and our entire yard) is always a jungle. This happens because we can never decide which veggies and flowers to grow, so we plant everything we love. Everything.

We grow beans, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, kale, lettuce, turnips, beets, carrots, parsnips, and so many other veggies as well as herbs and fruit.

urban farming

Urban GardenThis means that we often have to get creative come August, when the plants have all grown quite large. Sometimes this means growing butternut squash on the fence, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

This also often means that there is enough bounty to share with family and friends.

urban homesteadingWe love to assemble baskets full of things we grew and take them over to neighbors, or to share with co-workers.

Urban Farming

Urban Homesteading

We looove cooking with ingredients out of our garden.

Urban Garden

Urban Garden

Garden Salad

We use our greenhouse for starts in the spring and prolonging growing in the fall and winter months.

Greenhouse

Urban Farming - GreenhouseWinter Greenhouse LettuceBut also because I couldn’t bare to not be growing things during our long dreary winters.

Urban Gardening

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this tour of our garden and I hope this helps to get you excited about the spring and summer growing season!

You can also read more about our chickens here.

We’d love to hear your feedback, so post any comments or questions you have below!

11 Comments on Take A Tour of Our Urban Garden!

  1. Toby
    February 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Great job guys!! I too am very excited for the garden season. We have many seed catalogs to thumb through. I will be making some raised beds this year too.

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      February 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Toby! We love looking at seed catalogs during the winter. My favorite is Park Seeds. They have a corn variety that is to die for. Raised beds are great! What are you making yours out of?

      -Kaisa

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      • Toby
        February 15, 2015 at 2:14 am (3 years ago)

        Well I was going to ask you that same question. I was in my big hay barn today looking at all the 2×12’s that are in there which were used for dividing up the stalls. Since we don’t plan of have a herd of cattle I will probably take a few stalls apart and use those. We are slowly finding out what does well and what doesn’t. I enjoy and have bought from Seed Savers, and Territorial Seed. I will have to look up Park Seeds. Finding a way to out smart stick bugs and earwigs from destroying my corn is job one this year. Do you build soil via lasagna gardening or bring in good soil and add compost?

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        • Jordan & Kaisa
          February 15, 2015 at 2:38 am (3 years ago)

          Hi Toby,

          I would just use the material you have on hand. Here on the west side we would have to replace the standard lumber (Douglas Fir and Hem Fir) in a couple of years because of rot, being dryer there I don’t know how long they would last. Cedar is the best rot and bug resistant but still will need to be replaced in 5 or so years here. Treated will last the longest but has chemicals in it. We used treated but coated the inside with roofing tar to prevent the treated wood’s chemicals from leaching into the garden soil.

          For our soil we buy a locally mixed organic mushroom compost, and turn it into the first few inches. We also use Gardner & Bloome organic fertilizers. We do have a compost bin but have not mastered composting yet. I just can’t keep it hot.

          Do you guys compost? If so I need tips.

          -Jordan

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          • Toby
            February 15, 2015 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

            I have a straw bale compost bin, however most of our kitchen scraps go to the 12 laying hens. My mom is the master at Composting. At a library you can look for a book called “The New Victory Garden” by Bill Thomson. I grew up watching my dad thumb through this book and now I do the same. It has lots of good info on composting and my Mom still has the original bin made by my dad from this book. Speaking of Cedar. We are taking town about 8-10 cedars over on the west side at my Moms. I have a friend who has a mobile mill, and I just thought about having him mill out 2×12’s for us. You just gave me more to think on!! You should come by my Mom’s the next time I am over.

            So no I haven’t had lots of luck composting but if I actually added to the pile more I probably would. My wife loves sending all our kitchen and garden scraps to her “girls” (hens)

            Toby

          • Jordan & Kaisa
            February 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm (3 years ago)

            Hey Toby,

            We’d love to come meet you next time you’re on the west side! I will look for that book next time I’m at the library. Those milled Cedar boards would make the perfect raised bed, and would look great!

            -Jordan

  2. babra
    February 15, 2015 at 3:37 am (3 years ago)

    Really really wonderful. …everything. ..i m sooo glad to see ur garden even if its jungle :) and above all ur chickens.

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      February 15, 2015 at 8:35 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Babra! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour, and meeting our chickens! We have a lot more to share about our garden, so please stay tuned :)

      Thanks,
      Kaisa

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  3. Suzanna
    February 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm (3 years ago)

    I really enjoyed this. You are living my dream.

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    • Jordan & Kaisa
      February 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment! We’re really glad you enjoyed it!

      -Jordan

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  4. Jerre George
    September 23, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Gorgeous. I want a yard just like yours, chick chicks and all. Do you let your chickens out into your garden?

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