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Old 09-30-2008, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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Default urban homesteading in Atlanta

Has anyone turned their yard (front or back) into a little garden farm? As gas prices drive up the cost of food, have you been tempted to grow your own food or even raise chickens in your backyard. Most homeowners associations would probably freak out over something like this, and I know that county ordinances may prevent livestock of certain kinds if you are on a certain size lot. But I am starting to think that this is a great idea- if I knew much about gardening vegetables...I can cook anything from scratch, but I have very little experience of growing anything but a lawn.

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Old 09-30-2008, 07:36 PM
 
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Has anyone turned their yard (front or back) into a little garden farm? As gas prices drive up the cost of food, have you been tempted to grow your own food or even raise chickens in your backyard. Most homeowners associations would probably freak out over something like this, and I know that county ordinances may prevent livestock of certain kinds if you are on a certain size lot. But I am starting to think that this is a great idea- if I knew much about gardening vegetables...I can cook anything from scratch, but I have very little experience of growing anything but a lawn.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:37 PM
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Location: Atlanta
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I live in East Point and someone in my neighborhood has a rooster (maybe even hens?). I hear it from time to time. None of my other neighbors have complained that I know of.

I definitely think that having a small garden and being able to grow some of your own food is a great idea.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:39 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Most subdivision home owner association rules would probably prevent you from having certain "gardens" in visible areas, except I would suppose your back yard.

Likewise, many cities and towns (even small ones) restrict people from owning "livestock", no matter how large their lots are. In the particular town I live in, it's 25 miles from Atlanta and the town itself only has 15,000 people, but even one single pig, chicken, goat - etc... is forbidden, even if you had a 10 acre yard.

It's not super hard to grow vegetables. Just do some Googling and you'll find tons of free info online on how to do it. Just check to make sure before you begin to dig that you're allowed to do so in the area you want to first.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara 93108 / Atlanta 30306
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Likewise, many cities and towns (even small ones) restrict people from owning "livestock", no matter how large their lots are. In the particular town I live in, it's 25 miles from Atlanta and the town itself only has 15,000 people, but even one single pig, chicken, goat - etc... is forbidden, even if you had a 10 acre yard.
The MOD here has some sound advice ... Although I think baby chicks are cute and all ... many varieties and breeds of poutlry carry some rather ugly diseases .. like histoplasmosis. Not nice.

Also because of the recent Avian Influenza virus ... and it's evidence of mutation ... I wouldn't want to bring the CDC into my life to detox my body, residence or entire existence!
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:02 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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The MOD here has some sound advice ... Although I think baby chicks are cute and all ... many varieties and breeds of poutlry carry some rather ugly diseases .. like histoplasmosis. Not nice.

Also because of the recent Avian Influenza virus ... and it's evidence of mutation ... I wouldn't want to bring the CDC into my life to detox my body, residence or entire existence!
The bigger danger will be from those who have small ponds or lakes on their property that attract Ducks and Geese, and then you and/or your pet tracking in the feces from them on the ground into your home, exposing the virus to those inside. And for those who have large numbers of bird feeders in their yard, attracting large amounts of various birds (and their poop) into the yard areas shared by people and house pets.

Having a garden to grow food is a good idea (from a health and financial standpoint), but you can take proper precautions with netting and other animal/bird deterrents to ensure there's minimal contact between them and the crops. Unless for some reason I HAD to have livestock (which I can't think why I have to), I'd stick to vegetables.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:02 AM
 
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If you're looking to do a small garden, check out Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholemew. The book and PBS series first came out probably 20 years ago, and I used to watch with my dad. We had a 2'x8' garden using his plan, and we'd get tons of vegetables from it. The basic concept is that you plant a different item in each 1' square, and yield far more from a small garden than most people yield from a much larger conventional garden.

My daugther is 7 now and has been asking me to let her plant a garden, so we're going to prepare one this fall for planting next spring. Conveniently, the book was just updated, so we grabbed a copy and are figuring out now what we want to plant.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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Hi!
I'm an urban homesteader in Atlanta! I have a full front-yard garden. It's only 180 square feet but I generally haul about 100lbs or more of produce from it - all veggies right now. Fruit goes in the other part of the yard (soon). We collect water, compost, start all our own plants from seeds or cuttings. We are continuing to expand our efforts with home preservation and water collection and plan to branch into energy collection and animal husbandry! We live right downtown. My neighbor is starting a front yard vegetable garden and several others in our community have also started them.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I had a 'salad' garden in my previous home. I didn't have anything larger because we had a corner lot and our entire backyard was visible from the street. I have a larger yard and more privacy now, so I'll probably do a full-on garden. I grew up on a farm and am accustomed to growing things and even had livestock of all sorts. I enjoy gardening a great deal.

Also, I used to hang my laundry on the line to dry, and will probably do the same here. Your dryer uses up a helluva lot of electricity. I'll probably restrict it to things that take a long time to dry such as jeans and towels, but every little bit helps.
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Kennesaw
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I have a food garden in my front yard in Kennesaw, but I don't live in an HOA-controlled neighborhood. No one has complained yet, and it's been out there for years. A couple of years I grew corn, and when it got tall it was a traffic-stopper. One lady even pulled into my driveway one day on her way home from work to ask if she could see my garden from the porch, because she always wondered what it looked like from that view.

My garden provides a lot of food from relatively little space, in spite of some too-near trees. If you haven't gardened before, the Square Foot Gardening book (mentioned already by another responder) is a great reference to start with--the Cobb County Library system has several copies. Also, the Cobb Extension Service usually offers some classes on veggie gardening in early spring; I don't know the schedule yet, but the phone number for the Extension Office is 770-528-4070. It wouldn't hurt to call and ask. Also, one day last month, a square foot gardening talk was given at the Smith Gilbert Arboretum, and that also may be repeated in the Spring. I haven't seen their class-schedule for Spring yet, so I can't say for sure.

As for chickens in town, the city of Kennesaw has lot-size restrictions that exclude my yard from being the home of a little flock, even though I would like to have some hens in the shadier back yard. Before investing much into getting some birds, it might be a good idea to might check with the city to see if your yard is big enough. In my neighborhood, the Hispanic families sometimes have small livestock, even though they are not supposed to, and the local police have come down pretty hard on them, from what I've heard around the neighborhood.
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