My thanks to David Bowie for that opening line.
Bev and I are pretty good about our flexibility. If something isn’t working for us, we don’t lose a lot of sleep over it. We don’t point the finger of blame and we don’t play the “what if” game. We just make changes and move forward.
We’ve had our vegetable garden for four years now. It’s done a pretty good job despite our lack of time to properly care for it, but we know it could do much, much better.
In the past we’ve used raised beds for most of our planting. We’ve done okay. We knock it out of the park with things like kale, potatoes, beans and peas. We are terribly inconsistent with other veggies, and it’s that inconsistency that is prompting…..
WHAT CHANGES YOU ASK?
Out with the old, in with the new.
Later in the month we’ll be moving a 10’x20’ storage structure that is made from PVC pipe to the garden area, and in the early spring we’ll cover that with heavy plastic and make a greenhouse. We are quite confident our yield will be much better with the greenhouse, and the rest of the area outside the greenhouse can still be planted in potatoes, beans, kale and pea.
The best of both worlds!
THERE WAS A TIME LONG AGO
Back in another era, when I was young, it would have annoyed the hell out of me to make something and then decide it didn’t do the job. I would have considered that to be a huge mistake on my part and kicked myself in the butt for weeks over it.
Today I consider it a learning experience.
You’ll hear the good and the bad here. I won’t pretend things are all right if they’re not, and I won’t pretend something works if it doesn’t. Hopefully you’ll learn as we stumble along on our urban farm. Maybe we can save you some time and effort.
I’ve barely mentioned the front yard, but there is a ton of work to do out there. The plan is to make it an edible front yard. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I think lawns are an abomination. I hope that doesn’t upset anyone out there with a lawn but so be it if it does. I drive by a green lawn where it is obvious the homeowner has watered it, despite the water shortage, and I’m livid. I see a green lawn and I then see what it could be, lush, ripe vegetables and fruits that could be feeding people…instead of a green carpet that serves no purpose whatsoever.
But that’s a rant for another day. Suffice it to say we have a lot of work waiting for us around front. I’ll keep you posted.
THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER
I’ll try to keep you informed of some chores that can be done each month. Here we are in September, so here is a short list of chores to consider doing:
- Divide your perennials
- Erect a cloche or hoop house for hardy winter greens
- Harvest summer crops
- Set out slug traps
- Sow overwintering squash, arugula and cilantro
- Sow winter salad greens
- Transplant lettuce, spinach, chard, kale and other cold-hardy greens
That should give you something to think about.
See you soon!