In February 2013 we moved into the heart of Kansas City! We are very excited about being more centrally located. With a large house on a slightly larger parcel of land (we had 1/3 acre, now we have about 4/10 of an acre), we are excited about the possibilities of turning our five city lots into an urban farm…the Deadly Nightshade Urban Farm.
My hope is that I can share with you our journey – from a vacant house and empty city lots, we hope to transition this into a home filled with laughter and a landscape filled with color, fresh herbs and edibles of all kinds. We have only just begun, but I think you will find that each day we move closer to our goals of self-sufficiency and beauty on our urban farm.
Enjoy the journey…we certainly are!
This year we will be participating in the Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Homes Tour on October 15th, 2016. The tickets are inexpensive and you will get to see 5-6 homes all within walking distance of each other here in Lykins. I can’t wait to show off our library and share our lovely neighborhood with others!
We participated in Cultivate KC’s Urban Farm Tour in late June 2015. Right before the tour we had a huge thunderstorm that knocked out our power for 2 1/2 days. So we were out of power, with no way to cook meals or keep our food refrigerated, all while being a stop on the tour! We had approximately 225 people stop by to see our garden. We look forward to participating in it again in 2017!
We have added a brick walkway to our front sidewalk. This raises it up out of the standing water and muck after a heavy rain…
- Between the bricks over the concrete sidewalk and the mulch, things are looking better in the front.
You may also notice that there is now mulch, metal edging, and plenty of perennial bulbs returning from last year. We spread this free mulch (from local tree trimmers) throughout the property last year. It will make expansion far easier, we will just have to move aside some mulch, dig down and add whatever plants we want to a specific area!
I also expanded the brick pathway, moving it east towards our garden. It isn’t perfectly level, and it is made out of pavers and a mix of new and old bricks, but I think that makes it eclectic. What about you?!
I will admit that we didn’t get as much improvements into the garden as I had hoped for in 2014. Although a neighbor did ask me if I slept with a shovel in my hand!
We were distracted by this project…a house we purchased from Kansas City Land Bank for just $25! (yes, you read that right, it was NOT a typo)
It will take a while to bring this little gem back to habitable status. But it has good bones and will make a lovely little bungalow for us to rent out or offer as a guest house to visiting family.
We have big plans for 2015…and it will also be our first year on the Urban Farm Tour!
Stay tuned for more photos in the spring!
A local historian found this little gem in a local newspaper from October 15th, 1899…
We were honored to be a part of this recent publication and learned that we are the third family to live here…and the third family with a love of writing in their blood!
I love sitting out on this front wraparound porch during rainstorms. There is nothing quite as lovely and peaceful. In early summer we had one strong rainstorm that I managed to take a picture of…
It became so dark that the street lights turned on!
And here is our first year garden…
The dirt is poor and very sandy. We have our work cut out for us in the years to come to make it healthier!
I think these birds will help…
Chicken poo, once composted, is excellent for the garden.