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Adventures in Urban Farming – Knee High

This year planting came late. Spring came late, very late. I’m not so sure we even got a spring, we just held on to winter until school let out then it was summer. Consequently I was a little worried that the corn wouldn’t make it to “knee high by the 4th of July”

 

It did. Actually it’s the 1st of July and it’s already Knee High. I’m not really sure where that saying came from,

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Adventures in Urban Farming – They Like It

Last year I planted beans and peas (among other things). I gave each plant it’s very own pole to climb up. I spaced them out neatly and was sure that I would have an orderly harvest at the end of the year. Oh how wrong I was. The peas and beans rejected my poles and climbed each other instead. This made for a very low harvest in the peas – we managed one meal of peas.

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Adventures in Urban Farming – The Second Season

Last summer I had my first chance to plant a vegetable garden (as an adult and without supervision). I wrote about it here. Some of you might laugh at the silly misadventures I had, but hey, I had fun and I learned a lot. Of course learning only showed me how much more there is that I don’t know. But that’s never stopped me before. It’s not stopping me now.

This year I have all four of the planned beds installed in the back yard.

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Adventures in Urban Farming: Cucumbers

 

Earlier this week, I was out poking around in the garden and saw that everyone was growing happily, but otherwise not much was going on. The tomato plants are showing the first signs of tomatoes, the cucumbers had lots of flowers and the beans were just beginning to develop. All good and nothing much to worry about right.

The very next day, Sweetie poked his nose into the garden and asked when I was planning to harvest the cucumbers.

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Adventures in Urban Farming

Good and bad news in the garden this week. First, we harvested the first round of peas and green beans. We ate the peas on Monday night – tastiest peas I’ve ever eaten, even though I didn’t cook them quite long enough. The green beans were Wednesday night and just as fresh as I remember from growing up with Grandma’s garden.

 

A quick tangent. I once got grounded because I spent the afternoon eating the beans out of Grandma’s garden and didn’t have room for dinner.

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Adventures in Urban Farming – Raspberries

We have raspberry bushes in our back yard. I discovered them last year when I was out trying to tame the lawn. I came late to the party and the birds and other critters had left only a handful of berries. So I ate them, right then and there.

 

This year I’ve been a lot better about tending to the yard, the garden and the berry bushes. I was surprised to see how many blossoms there were on the bushes this year.

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