Urban Farm Updates, March 9th, 2017
Fun on the Farm
Did you know? A sunflower is not just one singular flower, but a small community of individual flowers! The fuzzy center and the large yellow petals are actually comprised of a community of up to 2,000 individual flowers on one single stalk! Seriously, check it out the next time you are up close, next to a sunflower! Use a magnifying glass to try and count how many little flowers are on each sunflower stalk!
What’s Growing On?
It has been a pretty good week here at the Urban Farm! We got several evening rain storms this week, which the plants thoroughly enjoyed! These night time rains have caused a growth spurt in my Bok Choi and Scarlet Kale.
My little Snap Pea plants are taking full advantage of the new runners that I put out along the snap pea rows, and they are grabbing a hold of the twin with their tendrils.
Inside the greenhouse, my Indigo Kumquats are flowering, and my baby cucumbers are getting bigger! I am hopeful that in about another week, I will be starting to harvest off the first of the cucumbers from my greenhouse plants! It is encouraging to see all of the evidence of spring both in the greenhouse, and outside! I am so excited to get back into the harvest mode, and start to see more than just salad mix ready for harvest!!
Some exciting changes are coming to the farm this summer, as we work to improve the efficiency of the space, as well as introducing more methods and types of vegetable growing. I will be introducing alternative growing methods, as well as new and unique vegetable varieties that people in the community may not have tried, or had access to previously. One of those exciting projects, includes a large growing box outside! I will be introducing several Artichoke plants throughout the farm, and hope to be able to offer the first fresh, local artichokes either this fall or early next spring.
And, as much success and growth as I’ve seen at the farm so far this year, there is always something that needs to be improved or fixed! Gotta love the farm life! Right now, the challenge is coming in the form of a Hydroponics Table pump. For those of you who didn’t know, at the Urban Farm, we have a 288 plant Hydroponics Table, capable of growing plants in a liquid nutrient solution (no soil involved). The pump siphons water from a large reservoir and transports it to the end of the channels in which the plants are growing. The water is then gravity fed through the channels and back down into the large reservoir. Right now, my pump has been funneling less and less water into those channels, which means I am currently unable to grow at maximum capacity. So, I will be having to have the pump serviced, and possibly replaced.
On another note, the adjacent property to ours is a commercial utility right-of-way, which they unfortunately have to keep weed free. This means that they come through periodically and spray concentrated Glyphosates (RoundUp) everywhere. Traditionally, this is done on perfectly calm days, when rain is not anticipated for a minimum of 24 hours. However, this time when they sprayed the adjacent property, there were wind gusts of up to 30mph, and a rain storm that evening. I was anticipating experiencing substantial damage to my seedlings, as a result. Fortunately, though, the damage at this time, appears to be quite minimal with just the broccoli and several collards directly impacted. Thank goodness!!
I am also going to teaser something this week, that I am going to go into further detail about next week! I am going to include some photos of the project, and let you guys see if you can figure out what we will be doing out at the Urban Farm in the next few weeks!! I am soooo excited!!
And as always, I hope that you are having, and continue to have, a most wonderful week! Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions, comments or feedback! Talk to ya later!