Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

This weekend it’s time to start the tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and zucchini in the basement under the grow lights. I’ll probably also put in spinach, arugula, and onions — the earliest of early spring crops — the things that can withstand some snow, a few more frosts. There are bulbs coming up, and the iris are poking through the debris of the winter …

Because I’m underwater at work, here’s a link to a great article about building gardens in low-income neighborhoods — teaching people they can grow their own food in areas where there are not only no Farmer’s Markets, but no supermarkets. Check it out.

3 thoughts on “Grow Your Own

  1. I just read about a local (Portland, OR) company that sets up organic gardens in backyards and provides weekly check-ups, with the goal of helping their clients become self-sufficient. According to the article, the farmers originally wanted to start a CSA but ran into difficulties finding land, so they figured out a way to bring the farm to their clients. I’m hoping I’m not to late to get signed on for this year, since I (obviously) need help getting started from scratch. Your entries on gardening are part of my inspiration, and I’ve wanted to have triangle-shaped raised beds ever since you posted a picture of yours.

    http://yourbackyardfarmer.com/index.htm

  2. That’s so funny because I’m actually thinking about ripping out the triangle-shaped ones and replacing them with rectangles — the triangles look cool but it’s really hard to get to anything in the middle of them — I wind up putting tall and/or long-season plants in the middle because I can’t reach … I don’t think I’ll do anything so drastic this year, but the prosaic rectangular beds are certainly more practical.

  3. oh well; perhaps I’ll stick with the platonic ideal triangular beds in my head, then… They do look fabulous!

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