Good morning, faithful JPGD readers! Today I would like to share some exciting info. Many of you know that I've been an apartment dweller for over three years now, and my garden has been a 150 square-foot balcony. But sometime next spring, I'm planning to move down to The Hunky Foreman's house in south Austin. What makes this newsworthy here? I'll be trading in a balcony for an acre! I'm so excited because our plans for Urban Farm Domination are starting this fall with building a chicken coop. The coop is at the top of this list of improvements/projects we want to do: Chickens--The plan is for a mobile chicken coop, and we'll start with about 6 chicks this fall. We're thinking Rhode Island Reds and Americaunas for sure. Any other chicken breed suggestions? Cob oven--I have been so excited about building a cob over for bread and pizza ever since I caught this article on StumbleUpon! I've convinced The Hunky Foreman after painting a picture of all of our friends and family coming over for pizza parties. That and the fact that it's supposed to be cheap to build. Raised beds--He's got two raised beds now, but they will be going by the wayside pretty soon. They are old, starting to fall apart, were weirdly built and they don't match! I have an idea to build a grid of 4' x 8' beds for veggies, herbs and possibly some fruit. I initially wanted a fountain in the middle of the grid, but the Foreman's eyes started glazing over so I thought I should probably quit while I'm ahead. For now. New deck--Hey, with all this pizza making and vegetable cooking, we'll need more entertaining and gathering space. Nuff said. Bat houses--Austin is home to a gazillion or two bats. We'd like some in the Back 40. Mosquitos, consider this a throw-down. Purple martin house--We already have one; it's just not put up yet. Bird houses--We have so many birds already on this property; we should just make it more hospitable for them. Airstream & firepit--Not as weird as it sounds! We initially planned for an Airstream for my two boys when they're home from college--put it in the back of the property with a firepit. Far enough away for them to feel like Men, but close enough for Mama to keep her eye out. Win-win. So, if anyone has any other suggestions on how I can further overwhelm the Foreman, please add them to the comments! I'm developing a new category of "Urban Farming" to chronicle our/my journey from the Balcony to the Farm--and I promise to report on the pitfalls as well as the high-fives. Trust me, we're newbs at this urban homesteading thing--we're not hippies, just have a lot of space and want to use it well, and we're learning as we go!