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July 8, 2009

This is the blog site of the Wilson Street Urban Farm.  Here you can find out what’s growing, what’s being harvested, and what’s happening.  We will also try to include some plant information and serving suggestions.  Your constructive comments  and inputs are most welcome.  Please be kind and patient – we are learning.  I would really much rather be outside than learning how to use this silly machine;  however, times change, so here I am!

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  1. Scott King permalink
    July 8, 2009 5:52 pm

    Hurrah! This should be very interesting! Was wondering how the crops are coming along! Congrats on getting this far with it!

  2. Sheryl Anderson permalink
    July 8, 2009 10:35 pm

    Just do what you can, Mark … the weeds will rule so don’t pull your hair out when you have to be outside doing your job! Went by the farm one week ago; those raised beds sure do look nice, with BIG plants already! If I didn’t know better I’d say you’re cheating with Miracle Gro! 🙂

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
      July 9, 2009 7:35 am

      That’s what good compost, sun and rain will do for you!

  3. michele johnson permalink
    July 9, 2009 3:47 pm

    welcome to blogworld.. you will be amazed at how many people will come by and read posts! looking forward to meeting you all soon. Im one of the co-founders along with chris byrd and mike miller of broadway fillmore alive.

  4. July 10, 2009 10:34 am

    Lists will work when charts are fighting you!

  5. Chris (and Bob) Arbo permalink
    July 22, 2009 9:02 am

    Again, hello! This wordpress blog of your very own is very nice and it isn’t necessary to join wordpress as it is with facebook.

    Right off, I have a question: Last year, across the country, there was a serious lack of honey bees. This year, in our own veggie garden, it isn’t much better–last year one honey bee–this year a grand total of three!!!

    Does your garden have honey and bumble bees to pollinate what doesn’t self pollinate?

  6. wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
    July 22, 2009 12:36 pm

    As I walk through the garden, both in the side yard where I have herbs and flowers as well as vegetables, and in the back where the big garden is, I see many bees. Some are honey bees, some bumble bees, and a wide variety of other flying insects that are acting as pollinators. I have borage beside the house that the bees just love. I haven’t actually kept a count, but have been encouraged by what I consider a goodly number of pollinators.

    • Chris (and Bob) Arbo permalink
      July 23, 2009 11:15 am

      I expect you know that last year there was a lack of honey bees and it appeared to be worldwide. We don’t know what the situation is this year, but last year our cucumbers were only developed to the flower stage for too long a time, so I took a cotton swab…and within days those cucs appeared and developed very fast!

      Last year we didn’t see much of any pollinators including wasps and hornets. (We don’t use pesticides or anything other than dish detergent.)

      Early this spring, we thought about ordering honey bees and even keeping them in our yard by giving them their own little hive on our property, but this year the cucs are doing their thing without our help. The wasps and hornets are backkkk, but we only have a few honey or bumble bees.

      We also learned to check out if any new flowering plant purchases were self-pollinating.

  7. Chris (and Bob) Arbo permalink
    July 28, 2009 10:12 pm

    Are you transferring ok from Facebook to here?

    About the line at this Submit Comment page that reads “Mail”:

    Shouldn’t it read “e-mail address” instead?

    We noticed driving by your garden on Wilson Street that your veggies look so much better than ours!

    We can’t tell if its all the chilly damp or us that are at fault but, our cucumbers, (which this year were pollinated by bees and wasps instead of me with a q-tip.) are tiny, crescent-shaped little green things that look too strange to eat…

  8. wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
    July 31, 2009 2:44 pm

    Hello Chris (and Bob)
    We seem to be doing just fine here, although I tried to put some recipes on the recipe page I just made and had some formatting challenges. I think I’ve made the recipes understandable. If not, I’m sure someone will let me know.

    The soil we use is equal parts compost, vermiculite and peat. I makes for a very nutritious, light soil that holds moisture without becoming waterlogged. It works very well for some vegetables, but I notice it does have some limitations. The beans would probably do better in the ground, and the tomatoes seem to be more susceptible to “issues” when in the boxes. The squash isn’t the happiest, either. Lettuce, herbs, peppers, beets, and the like seem to really flourish as long as I water very often. This year with the rain, we have been saved a great deal of water – lugging.

    Like the new picture on the heading? My daughter took a picture of the asparagus in our yard after a rainy night.

  9. Chris (and Bob) permalink
    August 1, 2009 7:05 pm

    It’s me, Chris, who goes online. My husband does not know “beans” about the Internet and does not want to. So I sit here reciting to him and he adds his ” kernel’s” worth of wisdom!

    He says hello and to tell you that the only two things in our veggie garden he really cares about are Bigboy tomatoes and cucumbers… Of which he picked his first tomato and he is happily going to eat it with his lunch tomorrow, but the cucumbers are so crescent-shaped they are scary!!!

    That raindrop (which your daughter must have caught JUST before it fell), has to be the BIGGEST one EVER captured on camera! Nice timing!

    We planted celery for the first time this year. I dug up the first celery stalk two weeks ago. It was delicious raw with cream cheese, but what was interesting was that it stayed firm in the frig a week longer than store-bought!

    As far as tomatoes, there was something in the news maybe a month ago about a tomato problem this year. I didn’t pay attention to what is wrong because our’s have been looking fine. But Bob said to tell you that some of his tomato-growing buddies say their tomatoes are late turning red.

    As far as lugging water, you guys lucked out so far this rainy year.

  10. Vivian King permalink
    August 24, 2009 10:18 pm

    It appeared as though I was not going to have any Big Boy tomatoes this year, but they have finally come around and are now loaded with truly BIG tomatoes! However, my Romas seem to have issues this year that I’ve never seen before:
    many of the stems are dying. This does not seem to affect the production of tomatoes because the plants are loaded, but it keeps me thinking the vines are dying outright. Have you ever experienced this? My cucumbers ( three that are now on the vines) are very crooked – fat, rounded and way bent over!

    You are doing a beautiful job with your website: beautiful pictures, interesting items and very readable recipes. You said the family all commented about the okra dinner: were the comments favorable? Did you fix it with the ground beef?

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
      August 25, 2009 8:29 am

      Thanks for the encouraging words! Many of my tomatoes look pretty bad with stems that are dying – all speckly. Many of my tomatoes look like they are ripening nicely, but underneath they are rotting with a moldy-looking rot. Then there are the tomatoes that are are actually healthy (or appear so). The fruit on the dying vines, like yours, seems to be doing ok.
      I have three patches of cucumbers. One patch – the one in the side yard – is doing very well and producing beautiful fruits. One patch out back is basically dead. The other patch out back falls somewhere in between. I have gotten a good amount of cukes off the vines, but I did buy some to make the bread-and-butter pickles. I have a collection that I can use for a second batch of dills.
      I had to tweek the recipe with the ground beef – used tomato puree instead of chopped tomatoes. That made it too tomatoey. The comments were fairly neutral. They liked the appearance of the okra – so symmetrical and pretty. It sparked a conversation about the beauty and symmetry in nature. No one disliked the okra; just it would have been better with chopped tomatoes. The hot peppers didn’t add enough umpf- I needed to use more ( didn’t have any hot sauce). I’ll try it again sticking a little closer to the recipe 🙂

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