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Quinn's Micro Burb Farm

Location:  Euless, TX

Day Job:  Marketing & Sales Administration

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Cucumbers, Jalepeno Peppers, Lettuce, Mint, Potatoes, Rosemary, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Green Wax Beans, Snow Peas, Dill, Eggplant, Spinich, onions, beets,

Animals:  Cats, Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Want to grow own food for family and create a sustainable surburban mini-farm. Trying to be more self sufficient and teach my kids and grandson to do the same! Trying to incorporate what little I've been able to learn about permaculture and working on going the "No Lawn" concept too! I love being outdoors working on the little land we have.

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  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 17th, 2014 at 04:15 am

    Ah Quinn. I'm jealous. You've already planted outside. This year I think I will get some seeds in the ground outside before May, like lettuce, which likes the colder weather. I have a bit of cleanup to do first around the raised beds in the back yard. The ice storm left a bit of a mess. So, far, my cleanup has been focused on the front yard. Lots of work to do. Isn't it great?

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on April 16th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Well, I did plant all my veggies March 30th of this year. Everything is coming up except for peppers. I guess it's not hot enough yet for them to pop up. We just had a light freeze here and its rather cool for this area at this time of year. But, its really pretty and nice to work out in. Hopefully, this year's gardens will grow well.

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on April 6th, 2014 at 07:37 am

    Hey Quinn. How's it going at the Micro Burb Farm? I guess you must have planted seeds by now? I'm just going to start some today inside.

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on March 3rd, 2014 at 01:36 pm

    It was 0 to -5 deg F Chill Factor this morning around here (DFW). No way I'm putting in my gardens yet. Like to direct seed into my beds. Seemed to be more successful doing that so far. Getting antsy about spring planting.

 
  • Posted by: Standfield Organic Farms on November 20th, 2013 at 03:47 am

    google "The Dervaes family garden" and watch the video. That could be a good blueprint. Good Luck!

 
  • Posted by: Robin on October 13th, 2013 at 07:37 pm

    Those question marks were supposed to be a smiley face.

 
  • Posted by: Robin on October 13th, 2013 at 07:36 pm

    Hi Quinn, I love that you are growing vegetables and maki g good use of the earth rather than keeping the strip of lawn most people adhere to. Growing grass (and keeping it green all summer ) is crazy. May your garden always grow ??

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on October 10th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Thanks Red Hollow for answering my questions about food storage. Yes, I definitely thought about buying that book myself. I guess that'll be an earlier present to myself.

    Well, here in Texas, I'm growing quite a few bellpeppers and my first time growing winter squash. The look good too! Okra is still going too. I'm also already planning for next year. I'm on that Permaculture kick and have decided to excavate all my beds and put in the good stuff like you're supposed to. Then, I'll replant for the upcoming seasons when they're done. I'm hiring help to do this - to big of a project to do ourselves. Well, have a nice Holiday Season everyone!

 
  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on October 5th, 2013 at 07:21 am

    Hi Quinn. I'll answer your storage questions here. I don't get enough from my gardens to store over the winter. I do have carrots and winter squash but only enough that fridge storage is adequate. The one year that I went crazy with preserving things for the winter, I bought stuff at the farmer's market like you plan to do. I mostly preserved berries and peaches but I also included broccoli. I bought a book called Preserving the Harvest and it gives instruction about all ways to preserve food. I chose to freeze everything which means blanching the broccoli, making a bit of a syrup for the peaches, etc. I was more comfortable with freezing than canning and I think the results are more like fresh than with canning. The peaches came out tasting like summer! The last couple of years I haven't really found the time to do all that but I will again when I no longer spend so much of my time on my day job. The market is on right now only steps away from my front door. Hm. What could I do this weekend?

 
  • Posted by: Quinn's Micro Burb Farm on September 30th, 2013 at 02:10 pm

    Hello Red Hill Hollow! I'll be coming over to your website to ask you some questions about storing your harvest for winter. Anyway, I've got just alittle bit growing in my garden right now, cause I just ripped out everything else I recently planted because of an Aphid investation I have in my largest bed. It got really gross. All I have left is my winter squash. They have the largest yellow blooms I've seen. We'll see how they work out. I want to plant turnips and lettuces right now too, but am worried about those dang aphids destroying everything. I'll have to find a natural way to treat my beds for this pest. I heard beer kills everything but the plants. I might just try this.

    I've decided to supplement my garden with some food from the Farmers Market and store them for the winter myself. I'm going to make my own storage bins this time around for the veggies to keep in. Gotta go!

 
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