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.


 


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Green Pitch Updates for the Week Ending May 27, 2017 – Small Victories

This week the video update came from the corner of the community garden plot  where I helped with weeding (Peterson Garden Project, Land on Lincoln.)  I was amazed that the dirt that currently exists was built solely from 12″ of bark chips that were put down four years ago.  (That does give very strong testimony to the benefit of putting down bark mulch, kids.)

The weather the past week was a majority of overcast days with rain.

Photos of progress included.

Be well, everyone.


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This week’s video summary

​Progress in the garden

​Progress on the deck

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Happenings, May 14-20, 2017.

Here’s the weekly update (from last week up to Saturday the 20th.)

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This week we had temperatures in the 70s (Fahrenheit) and plenty of direct sun (until the drop into the 40s on Friday.)  The second round of weed torching happened, I built up the bed with “soil,” and added a top layer of potting soil and compost for the seed planting to begin.

In the deck garden, I made a cut of garden greens to test “cut and come again.” ​

 The wall of cilantro continues to take expand

 The morning glories continue to build out their root bases and sprout more​ leaves

Carrots are showing some signs of life


The chive flowers have fully bloomed.  (My wife just told me that they are very edible.  Who knew?  Not me, appearantly.)


The turnips and beets are doing better, but even with the weather we’ve had, there should have been much more than this.  I’m concluding that it’s just too damn windy up here, and only the hardiest crops seem to like it, at least in this early cool season.

We’ll see how the summer goes, but for now, the grow tower is kale on top, cilantro all around.

Bonus:

The rest of the garden lot had some great square-foot plots.  The radishes planted two weeks ago in the nearby plots are doing fantastic (compare that to my deck radishes.)

Here is a cameo of Jim following hunting the robins that feed on the worms that the rich soil attracts.


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Putting it in Perspective – Lot Sizes in Fractions of an Acre

As I’m assessing my situation with starting up the farming operation, one of the things I’ve encountered is the question of what equipment I would need to operate at a given scale of operation (based on total area of productive land.)

I looked up what kind of area different sub-acre sized lots would occupy, just to get a better sense (I’m a strong visual learner.)  I came across a UK website that had some great examples (with dimensions) that I felt would be handy, so I figured I’d share it here.

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TEDxKelowna – Curtis Stone – Urban Farming

A good presentation where Curtis covers the many aspects of urban SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) farming and how they can be implemented into our value systems, our agricultural systems, the food supply chain, and our everyday lives to have a beneficial impact.  Worth a listen.

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