Urban Farm Updates, May 17th 2018

Urban Farm Updates, May 17th 2018

Fun on the Farm!

Did you know? Gardening is good for your health?! The act of gardening causes the brain to produce endorphins, which are natural “happy” chemicals for your brain!  Gardening also helps to boost your body’s immune system; through the exposure and absorption of Vitamin D and the natural exposure to healthy bacteria and microscopic organisms.

What’s Growing On?

Summer is just about in full swing!

Speaking of Gardening, the farm is transforming into a very wet summer farm, little by little. Blossoms are breaking out on all of our tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, and our melons are growing steadily every day! All of my plants are thoroughly enjoying the natural rain that they have been getting and I expect to see an explosion of growth when the sun emerges next week. A little natural rain and a few sunny days do wonders for a garden!

 

Oh the sweet smell of Lavender!

Weedwacking between the rows is now a weekly task, along with weeding the front linear beds, and it has been a process trying to get out to work in the garden in between the rain drops, this week. Cat (one of my Wofford Work Study students) is officially off for the summer, so we won’t get to see her until she is back on campus in the fall. Luke will be staying on a little bit longer, through the first summer semester, and helping wade through the summer gardening process.

 

Planted several hundred bean seeds and Crowder Peas over the past 2 weeks.

I have been busy planting and transplanting all of the remaining summer crops, with a few exceptions. There are still a few beds of Kale that need to be pulled and then changed over before summer crops can be transplanted. We have already pulled most of the cabbage already, and with the exception of 1 or 2 heads, the plastic is ready to be pulled, fresh compost added and new plastic applied; to make way for summer transplants. I am excited to experiment with some new summer varieties, including some unique tomatoes and bush beans.

Thanks again for joining me this week, and I look forward to sharing more Urban Farm adventures with you all again next week! If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to send me an email (mwhiteley@hubcityfm.org)! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!