The Farmer In The Burbs
I know, I know it’s all of 15 degrees in New York but it’s also the perfect time to start planning out your spring and summer veggie gardens. Last year I waited too long and missed the opportunity to have some kick ass cucumbers and sweet pepper, but my string beans and lettuce rocked my world. Late planning also left me unable to treat my soil the way I wanted.
But not this year, 2015 is the year I come into my own as a (sub) Urban farmer. I have a lot of unused space on the side of my house and I intend to fill it with homegrown veggies and fruits and lower our food budget as well (look these boys are growing so fast and they are eating everything but the furniture). So here’s what my garden will look like this year.
- Blue lake string beans
- Brussel Sprouts (We’ve ended our feud)
- Cucumbers (I will win this time)
- Beef Steak Tomatoes
- Mix of lettuce
When I started planning I thought I’d do sweet potatoes but the price was too rich for my blood and I read how to grow my own from potato slips. This just seems a better look for me. I’ll finally get to put the milk crates my husband searched all over the city to get me to use (other than the boys using them for tables). I’ll be planting my herb garden in them so when we get a lot of rain I can bring them in so they don’t drown like last year. I’ll fill them with basil (crimson king), peppermint, rosemary, oregano and sprouting broccoli.
OH THE FUN I’M GOING TO HAVE!!
No land? Apartment dwellers can get into the gardening game too. An herb garden, some miniature fruit trees and tomato plants can easily be grown indoors, on balconies and fire escapes.
Will you be joining me in the urban farm community? If you could plant anything, what would it be?