Monday, April 5, 2010
As you no doubt remember from the epic blog post last year about Turnips (see "Turnips" 2/3/09)...we are growing a mysterious variety of very large heirloom turnips in the garden.
Last season the turnips grew well and were delicious. I left about 6 plants in the ground over winter so that they would flower and set seed this year (a biennial cycle). It is early April and the plants have begun to push up their flower stalks. This is good. I just need to make sure that no other Brassicas in the garden (overwintered kale, etc.) are allowed to flower or they may cross-pollinate and then the resulting seeds won't breed true to the heirloom turnip variety....
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The amazing thing is that a simple row cover can make a big difference. Aside from the actual temperature, one of the principal reasons a crop will die in the winter is due to the desiccating effect of the wind
dead, uncovered "winter crops" (sprouting broccoli)
living, covered "winter crops" (scotch kale)
Of course some crops are just more hardy than others
and of course, there are many crops that simply won't tolerate freezing temperatures...
this used to be mizuna...
Monday, November 16, 2009
Mostly, I am spending all my time advocating for more rooftop gardens around here. Gotta take advantage of the space we have, right? We just have to convince all of the restaurant, office building, and condominium owners...
Sunday, October 11, 2009
If you end up with more food than you can handle, think about preservation. Nearly everything can be preserved either through canning or freezing.
Ball Canning is a great resource (they make great jars and the website has a lot of trustworthy recipes)
Another great resource is our upcoming canning class at Carkeek Park (details below): it will be a little late in the season, but...we will be making and canning some applesauce. It is nice to have somebody walk you through it the first time so you can see how easy it actually is...I don't have any idea why it is rated 18 and older (I'll try to watch my language).
Use Your Fruit!
Ages 18 and older
Do you have a fruit tree in your backyard? Curious about the best ways to keep that fruit through the winter? Come to Carkeek for a fun, hands-on tutorial and learn creative ways to preserve your fruit. Colin McCrate and Brad Halm from the Seattle Urban Farm Company host this great event. Email Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Location: Carkeek ELC
10/24 Sat Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
You may have noticed that your tomato plants have finally gotten the clue and started to grow a little bit. You may have also noticed that, once they start to grow, they can get out of control pretty quickly...thus the need for trellising and...pruning. Believe it or not, but cutting out some of the branches of your plant will actually result in more, better tasting fruit (and your tomatoes will be less prone to problems such as fungus, mold, drunk driving, etc.). Brad found this article which explains it all very well:
Pruning Tomatoes - Fine Gardening Article