Urban Farm Updates, March 29th, 2018

Urban Farm Updates, March 29th, 2018

Fun on the Farm!

Did you know? Unlike most other varieties of fruit, Grapes do not continue to ripen after being harvested. Most fruit varieties will continue to ripen for several days after being picked, especially when they are left out at room temperature. You can slow the rate of ripening by storing most fruits in the fridge after harvesting.

What’s Growing On?

Well guys, the blog is going to look a little different for the next 4 weeks. I have decided to let the blog go dark for the next 4 blog posts, without uploading any photos, until the big reveal on April 26th. There are going to be many changes going on over the next several weeks, so we are going to focus on the work at hand, and then do a big reveal on the blog on April 26th, after it has all been completed. I will still be posting each week, but my posts on March 29th, April 5th, April 12th and April 19th will not contain any photos. Instead, I will be doing a Reveal Day Countdown at the bottom of each post! I have also changed up some of the font colors to change things up a bit!

I will keep posting little updates about what is going on, but any photos will wait until after all of the work has been completed. So, by the time you see the farm next, on the blog, we will have all of our summer crops transplanted outside, the summer trellising will be installed, the Educational Pergola (courtesy of the Mary Black Foundation) will be built, we will have created the hillside garden and we will be well underway on the development and prep for our summer school tour and kids programming.

As far as what is going on at the farm this week; we started out the week with an unexpected donation of roughly 40 bags of organic garden soil from the Home Depot on East Main Street, in Spartanburg. That was an unexpected, and pleasant surprise, which will help fulfill some of our needs for bagged soil. Some of this soil will be used for on the farm, and some of it will be utilized in our Seed to School planting program.

We are getting prepped to start hardening off all of our summer crops and getting all of the remaining beds prepped before our transplanting that starts in 2 weeks. We started bending the low tunnel hoops into shape earlier this week, so we can have the tunnels up and ready as soon as the plants are hardened off and ready to pop in the ground. I am going to keep an eye on the ground temperature over the next week or so, and as soon as the ground is warm enough, we will be getting those seedlings ready. We can use the low tunnels to insulate them overnight, when the evening temperatures still hover in the 40s, and give those little plants a head start.

As always, I look forward to sharing more adventures and oddities of the Urban Farm with you, new week! Please send me an email if you have any questions or comments (mwhiteley@hubcityfm.org)! Thanks so much!

4 weeks/ 28 days to the Big Reveal! Stay tuned!