Impatient Spring

The seeds I planted a few weeks ago are sprouting all over the raised beds. The seedlings all have their first set of leaves, but the “true” leaves are just barely growing in. At this point, it is hard to tell the weeds from the intentional crops. Hopefully another few days of warm sun will… Read more »

2011 Vegetable Varieties

It is always fun to see what fellow urban homesteaders have growing in their backyard. After carefully sorting through my many seed packets, I narrowed down the list of what we are growing. Here is a recap of the varieties I am planting this year: Arugula Beets, Early Blood Turnip-rooted (from Thomas Jefferson Center for… Read more »

2011 Vegetable Garden Plan

We are working with a small space for our garden this year, which is always a fun challenge. I have plans to plant potatoes, summer and winter squash, onions and more in flower beds next to the house. The garden beds are reserved for everything else and I felt like we needed a plan to… Read more »

Winter Harvesting

My outdoor garden beds have been providing me with a steady supply of the usual winter suspects: kale, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, leeks, and tasty brussel sprouts. Oregon, especially the Willamette Valley, is fortunate to have relatively mild winters and we pretty much live on brassicas from November through February. This is the first… Read more »

Stop the Starts

It is time for me to stop visiting plant stores and stop buying starts! My backyard garden is finally looking delicious enough to eat from, yet a magnetic pull continues to lure me into plant stores. I have more vegetable starts than I have room from. All this and I am moving in a week!… Read more »

Grassroots Garden Visit

Last week our Plants class visited Grassroots Garden, a local non-profit here in Eugene that grows food for the needy. We did some volunteer work that morning planting carrots in the morning sunshine and learning some interesting things about soil amendments. The garden itself is humming right now, making my own backyard look a little… Read more »

Shortcuts

Typically this time of year my kitchen table is home to many tiny vegetable seeds under a grow light, but this year I got a late start. I decided to direct sow most of my plants this year instead. Although we have had some sunny days here and there in Eugene, the temperatures have stayed… Read more »

Spring Greens

Oh, the wonders of a greenhouse! The Urban Farm has a pretty simple, plastic greenhouse that has been keeping me well-fed for the past month. This lovely photo is an abundant harvest from a couple weeks ago. Today we hauled out about twenty pounds of these fabulous greens. What we are looking at includes, starting… Read more »

February Veggies

I am feeling the rush of gardening season as the soil becomes workable again! The Urban Farm has a nice head start on the season inside their greenhouse, which houses some of our latest seed starts and lovely greens that are already reaching maturity. Most of the larger vegetables in the ground are lettuce varieties:… Read more »

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