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.
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
This is what greeted me this week. Lookit those radishes!
The radishes should be ready to harvest in 1 week
Batch two of radishes have sprouted after a week
The carrots are slowly making their way up (plus a TMT!)
These were salad greens, I believe
8″ pot tomato from the farmers market
3″ pot tomato from farmers market
The peas are growing!
I forget the name, but Natasha told me the leaves are poisonous. I hopped the fence and clipped the base. By Sunday, they were drying out.
I harvested a radish just to see how big they are. One more week, I think.
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…)
This was a good piece that painted a good, basic picture of the scope of community gardening and urban farming activity within the City of Chicago (where I reside.)
In the midst of all the bad things that occur here, this represents just one aspect that we as a collective of communities can build on.
[FWIW, this list is pretty impressive, plus it has links to website of many of the operations. It’s definitely worth a gander. And yes, for those that matter, the header image is not Chicago. I know. =) ]
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It turns out that gang killings and drugs are not the only markers of life and death in Chicago. Far from it.
If you consult the Chicago Urban Agriculture Directory, you find a staggering list of city farms and gardens where clean nutritious food is grown:
Urban Farms and Gardens in Chicago and Nearby
• 62nd & Dorchester Community Garden
• Academy for Global Citizenship School Garden
• African Heritage Garden
• Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm
• Angelic Organics Learning Center Urban Initiative (Eat to Live Englewood Learning Garden, Urban Incubator Farm, etc)
• Bay Bay’s Peace Garden (Loud Grade Produce Squad)
• The Bayless Production Garden (Shores Garden Consulting)
• Benton House Backyard Botany
• Big Delicious Planet Kitchen Garden
• Bronzeville Community Garden
• Chicago Honey Co-Op
• Chicago Lights Urban Farm
• Chicago Patchwork Farms
• City Farm
• DePaul Urban Garden
• Dunne Technology Academy Mini Farm
• East Garfield Block Club Garden
• Eden Place Nature Center
• The Edible Gardens (Lincoln Park Zoo)
• El Paseo Community Garden
• Farmed Here
• Frankie Machine Community Garden (Wicker Park)
• Gardeneers School Gardens
• Gingko Organic Gardens
• Global Garden Refugee Training Farm
• GreenTown Waukegan
• Growing Power Chicago Farms
• Growing Home Farms
• KAM Isaiah Israel’s Farm and Gardens
• Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse and Community Garden
• Loyola University
• Metropolitan Farms
• The Millenium Neighborhood Garden
• Moah’s Ark
• The Mycelia Project
• Natalie G. Heineman Smart Love Preschool Garden
• Peterson Garden Project
• The Plant
• Pleasant Farms
• preSERVE garden
• Purple Leaf Farms
• Rainbow Beach Victory Garden
• Roots & Rays
• Roseland Community Peace Garden
• Rosemarie Rochetta Wessies Rooftoop Garden (Loyola)
• The Ruby Garden
• South Chicago Art Center’s Artists’ Garden
• The Talking Farm
• Third Unitarian Church Community Garden
• Timuel D. Black Edible Arts Garden
• Uncommon Ground Organic Roof Top Farm
• Urban Canopy
• Weiss Rooftop Farm (Loud Grade Produce Squad)
• Windy City Harvest (Chicago Botanic Garden)
• Xochiquetzal Peace Garden
And this is only a partial list. The Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project has a much larger count, which includes private/residential gardens. Their total, which is constantly updated? 888.
But to repeat, in Chicago (and other cities), people have taken matters into their own hands. They’ve launched farms and gardens, and they’ve endured and grown.
It’s absurd to consider how, with an infinitesimal fraction of the funds poured out in the War on Poverty, every city in America could, by now, be flourishing in so many ways—through urban farms. Greater vitality, greater health, greater participation, greater profits, a greater citizen-stake in safe neighborhoods…
A miracle in Chicago – http://wp.me/pFTDT-4yK
For 2017, I’m making some modular gardening boxes that I’ll have stationed on the south-east corner of my deck, where I can take the most advantage of sunlight exposure.
These are the fastening bolts that I’m going to use to join the boxes sides together.
I think once I have all the materials together, I’ll do a more comprehensive post. For now, the excitement of all the pieces arriving is too much to keep contained.