Saturday, January 13, 2018

Snow at the food forest + garden update

A day after Christmas, I hauled two loads of newspaper from my cousin who had been hoarding newspapers. I got almost all of it on their porch and was able to spread the newspaper all over the bank where the grapes, aronia, and goji berries are growing. There was so much newspaper I was also able to spread it on the bank where the blueberries, figs, and other fruits tree are growing, including the pathways in the garden. It was bitter cold when I done that one day, but this week we had two days of 60-degree weather in northern Kentucky so I took advantage.

Over the last two days I covered the newspaper with leaves from the woods. With the blue trash can you can see in the background of the picture, I carried leaves down from the woods and spread on the garden to make it look presentable and clean. I still have so much more leaves to spread over the newspaper in the pathways, but at least I got the bank covered because the neighbors can see the bank from the road. It was unsightly to see all those newspapers. I have to wait for another warm day, because after those two warm days it rained immensely and brought cold and snow with it.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fig Jam, Growing pineapples & tropical plants indoors (VIDEO)

Harvested Indoor Sprouts (microgreens) + radishes from winter garden

Eat sprouts with sandwiches or in salads

Monday, December 4, 2017

Container & indoor garden with potted Cauliflower & microgreens

Much of the outdoor garden has been harvested like the broccoli, lettuce, peas, and radishes. I'm not sure if the artichoke will survive any longer through the winter, although I have attempted to cover it heavily through these cold nights.

But I dug up the cauliflower from the garden because they were growing so well, and I planted them in their own large pots. Also with the bok choy and nappa cabbage I bought from the store and ate, I planted the roots of the bok choy and cabbage.
At night I cover the potted plants individually with the grow bags I used for the potatoes. I can bring these potted plants inside, but I have so many potted plants as it is; so I am going to try and keep these covered every night through the winter, and even triple cover them if needed on the coldest nights.

Additionally, I am experimenting with growing microgreens to eat. I planted arugula, radish, and mustard seed and put them under a grow light. They have grown so quickly. Compare the first photo with the second, and you'll see the progress within a couple of hours of growing.

Microgreens usually take about 8-10 days, sometimes longer, till you can harvest to eat the sprouts for sandwiches, wraps, in smoothies, or as a garnish on salads.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Harvested Big Broccoli heads & planted Tulips for spring

Planted nearly 100 Tulip/daffodil bulbs, mulched & covered 
broccoli harvest

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Seeds As StoryTellers: Colonialism, Biodiversity, Queering Agriculture, & Human Genome

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Keeping crops covered at night + colors & critters of autumn

plastic sheets over artichoke and broccoli at night

plastic over fence to cover broccoli plants

broccoli covered with mesh sheet, with grow bags in between plants

greens covered with glass shelves

radish covered with glass pane from old fridge

mattress spring holding up swiss chard

blueberries with red leaves

figs covered with blankets & tree covers

cat in the woods

pear trees with yellow leaves

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Broccoli coming to heads + Fig, Turnip greens harvest

collard green plant being held by spring from old mattress

one row of broccoli with artichoke plant

second row of broccoli

this radish gave me heart burn immediately! haha

patch of radishes

rows of artichoke with broccoli, radish, swiss chard, collards, turnip greens

cauliflower with artichoke

bought these tulip bulbs for 5$ !

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Harvesting corn & lettuce for veggie tacos + peas & figs

Trucker's favorite corn variety harvested
 I harvested corn and lettuce from the garden to make veggie tacos. The tacos were made by frying onions, peppers, and corn with diced tomatoes and lettuce from the garden. I also like to eat these with vegetarian re-fried beans.

harvesting lettuce

figs & peas harvested