Urban Farm Updates, March 22nd, 2018

Urban Farm Updates, March 22nd, 2018

Fun on the Farm!

Did you know? Strawberries and Cashews are the only fruit to carry their seeds on the outside of the fruit?! Interesting!

What’s Growing On!

So what did you all do to celebrate National Ag Day? I hope you didn’t miss it! This year, on March 20th, we celebrated the 45th National Ag Day! How did I celebrate you may ask?! Well, I celebrated National Ag Day with a group of Wofford Students who came down to the farm with their Professor, John Lane; to learn more about Urban Agriculture and farming in Upstate South Carolina.

Things are moving along towards summer here on the Urban Farm, despite the bitter evening cold that has moved back into the upstate! I have been coordinating with several interested volunteers, and getting the ball rolling on the pergola project. Over the next week, we will start leveling off the piece of property where the pergola will be planted, and preparing the site for work in April. I cannot even tell you all how excited I am to have this project starting! To have the work commencing and have the project completion within view, is very exciting!

Inside the Greenhouse all of my spring and summer seedlings are sprouting and growing; really enjoying all of the sunny weather that we have had in recent weeks! I have had to restart my summer squash and cantaloupe twice already, due to a very hungry mouse getting into my Greenhouse and chowing down on all of my freshly planted seeds… Note to self, always set out live traps 2 days before seeding and relocate curious mice BEFORE they destroy all of your hard work seeding trays. That is all a part of the game though, and I now have the seed trays restarted and they are sprouting little by little! The first few little seedlings that survived the great mouse invasion are doing very well (almost too well!) and already have a few flower buds on them! My pole bean seedlings are also about 2 weeks ahead of their growth schedule from last year, and are already trying to reach for supports inside the Greenhouse. I guess that I will have to transplant them into larger pots and trellis them inside the Greenhouse before they go outside in another few weeks. The hardening off process always knocks their growth back a little bit, so I am glad that they will be big and strong when they are being set outside for the first few times, but they are pretty much ready to be hardened off right now, and we will have another 2-3 weeks to go.

The cucumber seedlings have appeared!

We will be starting to harden off all of the spring/summer crops, including all of the herbs, sunflowers and summer leafy greens; starting in the second week of April (which is actually right around the corner!), to get all of the crops ready to go in the ground as soon as all of the frost lifts. To say that I am getting antsy for summer is an understatement! We are getting volunteers, school tours and summer programming events on the calendar and the farming train is beginning to pick up some speed here! Before I even know it, we will be well under way with the summer season, and the harvest and planting will have us hustling!

And, on that note, I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! I will be sharing more goings on from the Urban Farm again next week! If you have any questions or comments for me, don’t hesitate to send me an email (mwhiteley@hubcityfm.org). Talk to you all next week!