As promised, this blog has begun! Not quite on May 1, but only because gardening got in the way.
I feel I should mention a few things for context. First of all, my urban yard is less than 1/10 of an acre, and most of that is taken up by the house. Secondly, I live in zone 5B, but in my microclimate the weather is almost a zone 6. My goal, as an urban gardener, is to show myself and those around me how much food can be grown in a very small space. I think we depend too much on others, and fossil fuel, for our food. Home-grown food tastes much better than store-bought, and the commute from plant to table is markedly shorter!
Getting right into it, then, we'll start with the front yard. I have some perrenial plants growing in front, including sage, mum, and African Sunflower and two blueberry bushes (Bluecrop and Patriot). I have lovage growing in one of my raised beds. I have a total of 5 raised beds, two already planted with carrots. I also have planted peas (Sugar Snap and English Garden) and bush beans in front so far, and plan on growing tomatoes in two of the raised beds. I also have garlic and onions growing and a variety of herbs: calendula, chives, dill, and chamomile. I have space I plan to use for more herbs, including lavender.
In the back, so far I have strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, grapes, chives, feverfew, and asperagus. I have planted more peas, broccoli, spinach, radishes, onions, and potatoes. I plan on also planting more carrots and beans, cauliflower, onions, canteloupe and kohlrabbi. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few.
This is where the urban garden is at so far. Check back for more tomorrow!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I am an avid urban gardener working on less than one tenth of an acre. I raise mostly edibles along with herbs for eating, medicine and soap making. I grow a lot of vegetables and some fruits: grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and rhubarb. I work in my garden an average of 45 minutes a day during the growing season, more during the Spring. In the last few weeks, I've been striving to work one and a half hours per day in the garden. Beginning May1, I'll be using this blog to keep a daily record of what was done in the garden. Check back soon!