26 April 2011

Moore St. Community Garden - update

I hadn't been to my community garden plot in South Philly in over a week, so I was ecstatic to see how well my spinach and lettuce were doing. Actually, the entire garden looks great, and I'm so proud to be a part of it. I will give up my plot at the end of the year since I was able to get another community plot in North Philly; it's going to be a bittersweet time.

Here are some updated pics:

(Everyone's plots are looking beautiful.)

(My lovely plot.)

(My lettuce and spinach before harvesting. The cabbage is also getting big. I also have mesculun sprouting and two strawberry plants that I transplanted last week.)

(Those are peas on the left. The rest are scattered arugula and mesculun. Some dill, beets, and radishes too, I think.)

(On the menu today: lettuce and chives from the garden with some chickpeas and feta and a balsamic vinaigrette.)

(The spinach is beautiful. I'm freezing it today for later use.)

Oh, and I got some great news. I may have access to almost 30' x 30' growing space! I met someone who's looking for a tenant gardener for a lot adjacent to his property. I expressed great interest, visited the lot, and I think I may be able to plant at the end of the summer (just in time to put in fall crops!).

21 April 2011

seedling update and quick kale chips


My seedlings are getting big. Some of the tomatoes are getting too big, actually, and I'm still hardening them off. Hopefully, they won't become too leggy or root-bound before I transplant them. The biggest plants in this picture are tomatoes. The others are leeks, pepper plants, and various herbs.

More tomato and pepper plants. I also have some basil and eggplant outside, hardening off at this very moment. See the arrow? That's sage! I finally got one sage seed to sprout out of the scores, maybe even hundreds, that I sowed. But all it takes is one. :)

All this seed starting makes me hungry, and kale chips hit the spot. I'm not a huge kale fan, but kale chips are a whole different beast. Break up the leaves into 2" pieces; toss them with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and cayenne; and bake for up to 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven (watch carefully that they don't burn, since ovens vary).

10 April 2011

plot in new community garden

Since I'm moving very soon, I'm bummed that I will not be able to spend as much time at my community plot in South Philly. Although I plan to garden there this season, I'll be giving the plot up at the end of the year. I feel so proud of what we accomplished there, so it's sad to think about leaving.

Still, I received some wonderful news that I got a plot at the Emerald Street Urban Farm, which is this AMAZING project in my soon-to-be new neighborhood of East Kensington.

I'll be posting updates and pictures soon about the crops I'm growing this year.