Urban Farm Updates, March 1st, 2018

Urban Farm Updates, March 1st, 2018

Fun on the Farm!

Did you know? Bananas are a natural antacid?! So, if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a Banana a day to help with the heartburn relief. Bananas are also high in potassium, so they can help reduce and prevent muscle cramps, which can be caused by low potassium levels.

What’s Growing On?

We have been inundated with water this winter.

Rain, rain and more rain…… I have not had to water any of my outside crops in over 2 months now, because we have had so much consistent rain. I am definitely looking forward to having 4 days in a row without rain. I have almost begun to forget what a week of sun looks like after such a rainy/cloudy winter. This must be what it feels like to live in Washington state, most of the time. I am certainly ready for some sunny weather; for the ground to dry up a little bit and for the humidity to drop a little.

New seed starts.

Inside the Greenhouse, we have been working on getting our spring flats set up for seedlings, starting with the tomatoes and peppers. Over the next week, we will be starting a great deal more flats of spring and summer seedlings, in preparation for the last frost date in April. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that February has already come and gone, and that we are already rapidly approaching spring and summer! Everywhere around my house trees are flowering, the Daffodils are blooming and on the farm, my fruit trees are coming out of dormancy! It is always fun to see how quickly South Carolina transitions from winter time, into full blown spring; but it still feels off to my northern roots (where spring time waits until May to arrive).

We are getting ready to prep all of the open beds for spring, adding some composted material and refreshing the soil for all of my veggies. I will be experimenting this year with the addition of some red plastic mulch around my tomatoes and peppers, instead of the white plastic; I will be experimenting to see how much of an impact the red mulch will have on the yield and also to see if it has any bearing, good or bad, on the pest pressure this year. After having over a week of pretty cold weather, below freezing, I am hopeful that it will have a positive affect on all of our local pest populations.

It is going to be awesome to have all of the extra help, this spring, from my Wofford Work Study students, who have been so incredible to work with over the past 6 months! We also just got the wonderful news that one of our Wofford students will be able to stay on through the first half of the summer and help me with the bulk of the early summer work on the Urban Farm! This has been such a blessing, being able to plan on having extra hands on the farm each week, as well as watching the students become more experienced and capable as the months have passed. I am excited about all of the progress that we have made in the past year, and for all of the new and amazing things that are to come in 2018!

As always, thanks for checking out “Urban Farm Updates”, I look forward to sharing more adventures from the Urban Farm with you again next week! Feel free to email me with any comments or questions that you may have (mwhiteley@hubcityfm.org)! Talk to you again next week!