This recent article stresses the importance of how we all should start taking gardening seriously. Growing your own food in the city: it’s a challenge but a good one – an a very important on too!
Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Will – Alternet
There are at least five reasons why more of us should take up spade, rake and hoe, make compost and raise good soil and garden beds with a vengeance, starting this spring and with an eye toward forever.
It’s officially Spring and what a rocky start weather wise. We spiked into the 90’s for a few days and then dipped back under 60 with gray skies and drizzle. Crazy!
Busy, busy, busy – bees, biodiesel, soil blocks, picking, packing, watering, planting, building, etc. Where does the time go? Not complaining; it’s good to have longer days to work on the farm here in the city.
Sis handed me a “to plant list” of things she needs for her home canning operation. She makes a mean jalapeno jelly and wanted to make sure that I didn’t forget to plant them!
Squash, tomatoes, peppers and beans are all up and ready to transplant into the garden. The new strawberry starts are filling in nicely. We are expecting to harvest berries in early June and the potatoes are just about ready to be dug up. I know I’ve been looking forward to homegrown potatoes – they are way better tasting than the store.
The small invasion of aphids is now under control, sweet! We spotted a couple ladybugs and have already noticed a huge difference on the chard and kales. Thanks to the exceptionally warm weather last week, the greens seem to have grown a few feet (ok, inches) overnight. We are now offering a slew of assorted greens at the front porch farm stand. Sis is manager and CEO (“chief” for short) of the front porch farm stand and she’ll be posting more of what the stand has to offer. It’s a wonderful feeling to feed the family and be able to offer the surplus produce to folks who are wanting to eat closer to home.
The hennery is cranking out eggs – yeah!
Last week, I helped a friend who manages a few urban bees divide a few hives for spring expansion. Of course, we had to suit up on the HOTTEST day of the year (so far). It was sweltering! Hive work waits for no man, so we both suited up. Long pants (I HATE long pants), long sleeve shirts and were sweating buckets just after a few minutes work. I got some delicious honey comb in trade for a couple of hours work. What a treat and worth the (sweaty) effort!
The rescued hive is still here, bees going to and fro. It’s a wonderful site to see bees working the citrus.
March Harvest Tally
252 lbs Produce
Eggs Chicken 91 Duck 160
2011 Tally to Date
663 lbs Produce
Eggs Chicken 117 Duck 345