It’s official… we’re urban farmers! The tricks to our success? Creating a nutrient-rich environment (tilling our own organic soil and compost, sand, coconut husks, and organic fertilizer) for our fruits and veggies to flourish in and doing nothing.
About six weeks ago we constructed and planted some planter boxes. After planting, we basically did nothing but monitor nature doing it’s thing. Job well done, nature!
Here’s how our kale box started in early March:
Raised bed #1: Raspberries, strawberries, kale, beets, garlic bulbs and carrots!
And at the end of March:
They’re growing! The raspberries took the early lead in growth
Kale has taken the lead, but the raspberries are holding on strong
The next week:
Holy greens! Nothing like April showers and sun to get that garden growing!
This past weekend:
Kale progress: ready for harvest!
Harvesting our first kale crop!!!
Thanks, kale, for a delicious dinner!
Yum! Kale, sausage and mushroom pasta for dinner tonight
Or are they raised beds? I don’t really know the difference. What I do know, however, is that I love them!
Our new planter boxes/raised beds
I’ve been thinking about some iteration of these boxes for the past couple of years and other things (like the pizza oven) have taken priority… until now. Brandon and I took advantage of our early spring weather and the leftover cedar from the front fence to build these beauties.
Planting beet seeds
Each box is 4′ long x 2.5′ wide and is planted with all sorts of goodies: raspberries, strawberries, garlic bulbs, kale, carrots, snap peas, peppers, beets, and a couple of lettuces. (Letti?)
Raised bed #1: Raspberries, strawberries, kale, garlic bulbs and carrots!
Raised bed #2: Lettuces, sweet peppers, snap peas, and beets
Here are some of the in-progress photos for your enjoyment:
Before shot of our new garden area
Before photo: stocking up on soil, plants and seeds
The boxes are Brandon-sized!
Proud of his work!
Is it spring in your neck of the woods? Did you take advantage of the nice weather? Tell me all about it!