Two-Week Review in Review, May 26 and June 3, 2018

It’s been an exhausting two weeks of my life, so I’ve not had the energy or inclination to do a post until now.

The garden grows well.  So far in 103, I’ve harvested almost four POUNDS of lettuce greens.  I’ve had to give it away.  These have been the carryover greens from last year that seeded in the autumn.  Lesson learned from letting the last batch go to seed.

There was also a garden cleanup on May 26th.  The weedy Western corner got a lot of needed attention and much progress was made.

Week of 5/26

 


The weekend of 6/3

I got a good deal done.  Laid down some mulch chips, harvested 103, planted some new greens for the next cycle in 103.  54 got some weeding.  Not much else.  The corn is taking root and the squish are looking well.  (That was not a typo.)


Misc Photos From the Land On Lincoln Garden, 6/3

By July, these are going to be choked full of vegetation.


Housekeeping Notes

The farmers markets are opening.


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Weekly Update, Land on Lincoln, May 13, 2018

I don’t have a video update this week since there’s been four days of on-and-off rain, and the only real work done was on Tuesday.

See you next, everyone. Don’t forget that the farmers markets are opening up in few weeks. (I hope to explore some new ones this year.)


Tuesday

As I was working on the 54!, I decided to plant beans since it was warm enough, and there were some legacy beans from last year that sprouted. Now that I think about it, I’ll plant corn and have two of the three sisters growing there (though the squash would make three. Technically.

I also caught that 101 loses direct sun at around 5:30pm. 54! gets all-day sun. Nice.

Here are some mid-week photos of Land on Lincoln


Since the temperatures have dipped back into the 50’s, I decided to try starting the corn seed indoors. We’ll see how that works out.

On the plus side, the greens in 103 should be ready for a first cut in the next week or so, depending on temperature and sunshine.

Lots of rain with a forecast of more this week.

Be well, Everyone.


Here are some photos from this past Sunday:

Updates From the Garden, May 6, 2018

It was a good week for weather.  Most days were above 50-degrees Fahrenheit, sunny for several and good rains a few of those days.

The forecast is looking decent.  Mainly 50s, mainly sunny.  A good week for growing cool weather crops.

103

The legacy greens (as I’ll call them) are coming up nicely.  The spinach and lettuce I transplanted last week have taken root well and started to bloom

  The pea plant has shot up pretty fast, too.

The future steps I have in mind are to get the bean seeds planted, and possibly some more peas.  Dunno.  So far I’m happy with how things are coming along.

Oh.  I planted a sunflower in the corner adjacent to the fence.  We’ll see how this works out.20180506_093829

 

54!

I had fun this week.  I did not end up putting down the Purple Cow activated fertilizer.  I saw how the mushroom compost was coming along and also took a gamble that the soil was pretty nutrient-rich, so I’m fine with just the mushroom.

This week I segregated the strawberries into their own section, and added an elevated section just for the herbs.  My thinking is that since herbs generally like drier soils, this would be a good way to achieve that.  I planted the onions, cabbages, pickle cukes and yellow squash.  I didn’t know if it would be too cold to plant tomatoes, but judging from other plots, it is not.  I guess another day for those, then.

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Final Notes

I do need to string out the grids on this bed and 54, but that’ll be for another day.  I spent a little over two hours doing all the work in the morning.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and used it to try and get a taste for the pace and experience of farming on scale (SPIN farming, anyway.)

Take care, and be well, Everyone.

Update on the Garden, April 28, 2018

I got a chance to get into the garden to plant some of the plants in 103 and started to remediate 54.  Due to limited windows of opportunity this weekend, my only opportunity to do so was after work on Friday, and during some very inclement weather.

I hope to get in there the next few days.  At the least, I’ll need to stop for a few minutes on Monday/Tuesday, as the temperatures will reach the 70s (and 103 is now under cover.)

As for 54, although it was pretty free of tap-root weeds, I might just do another weed burn to be on the safe side.  We’ll see.

Enjoy, and be well, Everyone.



Welcome, Plot 54!

I got a chance to take a look at my second plot, number 54.


This is the first association I have when I think of “54”:

(Glory was a great movie, by the way.  1989.  If it’s before your time, make a point to see it.  It was also where Denzel Washington (and Morgan Freeman, though driving Miss Daisy hit the theaters just a month prior,) made a name for himself.)


At any rate, I’ll be hitting the garden after work on Friday, so I needed to check the plot to see what I’ll need to take with me to get this bed prepped and ready.

On the plus side, one of the other garden leaders was able to make several stops to the garden this week to spread most of the bark chips, so I’ll have more time to focus on plot FIFTY-FOUR!

Another plus is that it is centrally located.  I don’t know how its location is affected in a feng-shui or some other energetic sense, but in my mind, I’m going to give it good vibes.


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The plot layout

The 2018 Growing Season Has Begun!

The new season officially began as the Peterson Garden gardens officially opened this week. Due to inclement weather last weekend, tge garden clean-up didn’t start until this weekend and will rely in those that pitch in.

I had an opportunity to volunteer at tge cool-weather plant sale on Saturday, held at 1101 W. Lawrence (across from the Aragon ballroom.) Here are a couple pics I managed to take.

Official photos from the event HERE

It was a lot of fun and I’m definitely volunteering for the warm-weather plant sal in a few weeks, and for a longer bracket of time. It felt good to participate.

In the garden itself, I decided to get some experience using a cold-weather tunnel. The plan was to have a cool weather planting this year- spinach, early-start carrots and cilantro, and possibly some lettuce, and start the pole beans in a few weeks or so.  Since peas and pole beans are already coming up, I’ll include those in the tunnel and take it from there.

I’ve also volunteered myself to be a garden leader, seeing as how much I’ve vested myself in the garden. What exact details are involved, I’ll find out.

As mentioned, the weather was uncooperative last weekend, so there’s a basket of tasks to do: marking the plot numbers, replacing rotted bed boards, weeding, and spreading this pile of bark chips around. Personally, I feel to get at least two inches of total coverage, we need twice as much. I’m thankful that we got anything, so I’ll make the best of what we do have.

Oh- no microgreens/sprouts, no farmers market this year. When o tried to embrace the idea, all I felt was resistance. I very much understand the mantra of “follow your bliss.” A farmers market venture produced nothing but feelings of having to make myself do it. So not this year. I’d happily produce FOR someone to sell, but I don’t want to grow then have to retail it myself. I still want some free time.

Video commentary and pictures below.

Enjoy and be well, Everyone.


 


Updates, Week Ending June 17, 2017 – An Unexpected Harvest

This week actually ended up having mostly sunshine.  On Friday, there was a violent thunderstorm in the evening that flooded the streets pretty heavily (it even knocked down a few branches from trees.)  Saturday was overcast (with the threat of rain and a late afternoon rain for about an hour.)  When I arrived to the garden on Sunday, I was greeted by an absolute abundance of growth and had to do a harvest of the 1st planting of radishes and the first planting of garden greens (cut and come again.)  In the other beds, you could see the abundant growth everywhere, including the weeds.

I did find that the other beds around me that had been desperate for water the past couple weeks grow tremendously.  With the forecast for the upcoming week, I don’t think anyone will need to do much watering.  I put down a third planting planning on the rain forecast for this week to help out.

On the deck, the morning glories began growing their vines and I more or less put up the trellis on the south wall for those suckers.  We’ll see how much vegetation sprouts from them and how full they get.

Overall, a successful week.

Be well, everyone.


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Weather Forecast

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The Garden Plot


The Deck Plot

Green Pitch Updates for the Week Ending June 10, 2017 

No video update this week. Events over the weekend had me too exhausted to do a video recap.  I’ll do the weather, the garden and maybe the deck.

Be well, everyone.


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The weather was very ideal.  From Sunday until Wednesday evening, the skies were cloudless and general untouched; the penetrating sunlight and gentle breezes made for very ideal growing conditions.

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On Sunday, I checked out the Wicker Park farmers market and got a tomato plant for one if the northwest squares.

I made a visit on Tuesday to water the plot.  Whether or not anyone abided by the “water me” post and even sprinkled the plants remains to be seen.  I did help out and watered 106 (which ideally should have the carrots planted closer together to make for more efficient water useage and sharing,), but I’m guessing the grandkids planted them, which might explain the random planting patterns.  I also did my best with 102, but the tomato plant finally had to yield.  Rest in peace.

I overheard someone mention using marigolds as insect repellent.  The next day I had a synchronicity as the wife sent me an article on plants to use for insect repellent/management. I think I’ll use a few open spots for marigolds and dill.

The Garden Plot


Other Plots in the Land on Lincoln Garden

((I just wanted to share images of the other plots for comparison with my own, and also to illustrate what people are growing and the progress they have made.)


The Deck Garden

(Photos to follow…)

Green Pitch Updates for the Week Ending June 3, 2017

A rather quiet week.  The weather this week was a bit more cooperative than the previous few (I also noticed back-to-back days of no clouds made by man.)

Overall, it was a quiet week of progress, but progress nonetheless.  I’ll take it.

Be well, everyone.


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On Wednesday, I decided to head over and water the plants given the good sunshine and no rain predicted for Friday.  I was greeted with a great surprise: sprouts.  There had been enough direct sunshine to make the greens, carrots and spinach sprout.  A few beans and peas pushed out of the ground, too, so there’s that as well.  And the tomato is slowly taking root.

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of meeting my next door neighbor, Natasha.  She’s been there all four years.  103 has had one other occupant, back in 2015.  Otherwise the soil has been undisturbed.  The tall cereal growing in her box was rye.

She had pulled the rye and don’t recall everything that she planted.  If I remember, I’ll get some pictures of the new crops.

Also, the tomato plant in neighboring 102 isn’t holding up for as much as I’m watering it.  The pepper plant is thriving under lack of attention (as they usually do) though.


 


Progress in the Garden

 

Progress on the deck