26 April 2011

Moore St. Community Garden - update

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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

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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

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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.