Two sisters, two urban gardens, and a question: How much of our families' food can we produce ourselves?
Moving toward sustainability on urban farms
Monday, March 8, 2010
March Monday Harvest
Despite my whining, the garden is actually fine. I discovered that if I can't keep up with the produce, giving some away is a nice way to prevent plants from bolting AND spread some joy. Boxes of lettuce and spinach, bouquets of kale, all went visiting other people this week. If all goes well, I'll get some spinach and beets in to the food pantry tomorrow morning also.
The picture above is the result of my meandering out into the garden one afternoon this past weekend. Peas, eggs, carrots, kale, broccoli, all good and all wanting to be picked. Having the telephone outside with me means no running up the stairs when a child says, "Mama, it's for you." Sometimes I forget to bring it in, though! I flash-froze some steamed broccoli and peas for the oldest kid to put onto her pasta meals when she wants something near-instant. The kale is waiting in the fridge, wrapped in damp paper towels (can't find those cloth bags I have somewhere.
And the baby lettuces were transplanted, so that's a pressing chore out of the way. And I take my hat off to those of you who can eliminate the spare plants that come up in your planting cells. I ended up transplanting the second Cherokee Purple tomatoes into their own little cells, so now Denise doesn't have to grow her own.
Still need to get the potatoes out, and the beehives didn't get worked even though it was sunny. Instead, there was frisbee to watch, and grandparents to play with, so lots of growth and harvest; just not all in the garden.