It’s been two months since our last urban farming update and a lot has happened in that time!
This is where we started:
Our new planter boxes/raised beds
And this is where we were at in the end of April.
Fast forward to the end of June: Our lettuce went crazy! I’m pretty particular about my lettuce (romaine heads, please) and with the abundance of kale we’ve grown, we decided the lettuce was taking up valuable raised bed real estate, so we harvested it all.
Our lettuce, pre-harvest (6-2015)
So many greens!!
We made made great use of the harvest with lots and lots of salads!
The romaine part of our harvest. (Bibb lettuce portion not pictured.)
We tilled our soil and planted two tomato plants and a pepper plant. And now our beets can see the light of day and continue to grow big and juicy!
Our new and improved crop: tomatoes and peppers
Such a beautiful garden! So healthy and pretty!
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