Category Archives: Urban Farming

Permaculture Summer

To create your own permaculture summer: Start with a good variety of fruits, berries and herbs that pretty much take care of themselves year after year. Add to that background of growth, some tender green leaves (lettuce and spinach will … Continue reading

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Summer Already

After an early, false spring in February that fooled blueberries and peaches into blooming followed by the rest of a perfectly normal winter that felt like it lasted forever, spring finally did come and then go in a flash and … Continue reading

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Peeking at Presents

It is the day after Christmas and I wanted to peek at a couple of presents, patiently waiting their turn in the garden. We have had a few light freezes in the Raleigh area and at least one hard freeze … Continue reading

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Autumn Recess

Autumn has arrived in North Carolina, bringing with it the final harvest of bell peppers, roma tomatoes and serrano peppers. The herb garden has brushed off the first few light freezes and stands ready to make meals fragrant and savory … Continue reading

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Aero Garden Update – Day 46

Day 46 of the prepackaged herb pack that came with my AeroBount and I have excellent basil growth, both genovese and thai.  The mint was just starting to grow and the cilantro, parsley and chives never really took off.  The … Continue reading

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Collards – From Garden to Table

This year I grew the heirloom collards called Georgia Southern Creole, a pre-1880 southern variety that has done quite well overall. Growing organically means that some of the leaves were ventilated by a mid-summer cross-striped cabbage worm invasion (treated with … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest Asparagus

This post comes after more than a year of researching every way I can think of and completely failing to find anything related to the matter at hand.  The matter at hand is the second growth of asparagus spears in … Continue reading

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Saving (Pretty) Seed – Glass Gem Corn

My Glass Gem Corn has been happily drying above my home office and today was the day to strip the cobs and put up the kernels for popcorn and next year’s planting.  If you have been following my blog for … Continue reading

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Chicago City Farm – Field Trip

I arrived in Chicago yesterday for an annual conference with a few hours to spare so I took the opportunity to go see City Farm in person!  I have been looking forward to seeing this fantastic piece of urban farming/city … Continue reading

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I Can’t Even – Glass Gem Corn Harvest

Yes.  It is just that beautiful!

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Roma Wasn’t Built In a Day

Roma math: A decent batch of homemade tomato sauce with enough to freeze or can for future use requires a minimum of 15-20 lbs of roma tomatoes. The average day on the urban farm (with 16 roma tomato plants in … Continue reading

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Food With a Story – Mortgage Lifter

When was the last time you ate a tomato and considered the intrigue and controversy surrounding it’s provenance? This big guy, sold by Baker Creek under the name Mortgage Lifter is almost ready to harvest and when I save the … Continue reading

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Towering Tomatoes

The view standing next to my Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry Tomato. The view a few steps back.  This tomato plant has already over taken the 8 foot bamboo support pole and I need a step ladder to access the top with … Continue reading

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Seeing Red (And Green)

Today’s garden science lesson:  pill bugs can produce offspring up to 3 times per year and they like strawberries.  Not all of the strawberries, of course, just a pill bug sized sampling of each. I picked berries between the intermittent … Continue reading

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The New Normal

The phrase “the new normal” usually has all the cheer of a dark, grey storm cloud with it’s reference to sluggish GDP growth, wage stagnation and growing wealth inequality, but there is another new normal that is happening parallel to … Continue reading

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