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Spring on the Urban Homestead | CoMo Homestead
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CarrotsCarrots
BeetsBeets
Tomato and escaroleTomato and escarole
Lettuce and kaleLettuce and kale
Winter squashWinter squash
Asparagus frondsAsparagus fronds
Strawberries!Strawberries!
OkraOkra
ConeflowerConeflower
Peaches!Peaches!
EscaroleEscarole
CilantroCilantro
DillDill
ThymeThyme
OreganoOregano
LettuceLettuce
KaleKale
LettuceLettuce
Kale flowerKale flower
Wintered-over Brussels sproutsWintered-over Brussels sprouts
SpinachSpinach
Marveille lettuceMarveille lettuce
Swiss chardSwiss chard
Lacinato/dinosaur kaleLacinato/dinosaur kale
GreensGreens
Shallot scapeShallot scape
Shallot forestShallot forest
And more garlicAnd more garlic
A lot o' garlicA lot o' garlic
Garlic forestGarlic forest
OnionOnion
New strawberry plantsNew strawberry plants
Grapes!Grapes!
Grape leafGrape leaf
Grape leaf unfurlingGrape leaf unfurling
BlueberriesBlueberries
BlueberriesBlueberries
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Tomato and escarole
  • Lettuce and kale
  • Winter squash
  • Asparagus fronds
  • Strawberries!
  • Okra
  • Coneflower
  • Peaches!
  • Escarole
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Kale flower
  • Wintered-over Brussels sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Marveille lettuce
  • Swiss chard
  • Lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • Greens
  • Shallot scape
  • Shallot forest
  • And more garlic
  • A lot o' garlic
  • Garlic forest
  • Onion
  • New strawberry plants
  • Grapes!
  • Grape leaf
  • Grape leaf unfurling
  • Blueberries
  • Blueberries

This spring has been a whirlwind of activity. It’s almost hard to believe it’s still April, because spring (or summer?) arrived so early in March. We’ve gotten a lot accomplished already, so the growing season is off to a good start.

Our goal was to not add another bed or a lot of new plants to figure out how to deal with, but instead to figure out how to more efficiently manage what we already have.

We’ve also worked on a few major infrastructure projects. We’ll post more on these individually later.

  1. Built a three-bin compost system (aka – the World’s Most Expensive Compost Bin)
  2. Tore out our previous strawberry patch and built and planted a 6′ strawberry tower
  3. Moved one of our raised beds several feet back to better line up aesthetically with the other beds we’ve built, and planted it with more asparagus (yay, perennials!)

These three infrastructure projects have taken the majority of our Sunday time for the last month or so. On top of getting these done we’ve also gotten all of our spring annual plants in – and some summer plants, too.

When the temps hit 90 in March, we took a calculated risk and planted our tomatoes on March 18. We knew there was a good chance of frost between then and the beginning of May, but we hedged our bets by getting our coldframes in place and getting plastic ready in case we needed to protect them from frost.

It’s now a month later, and so far it’s paid off. We’ve protected them from the threat of frost (which never came) a few times, so now we have plants that are a month or two ahead of schedule. It was risky, but I’m excited about the idea of having tomatoes earlier this year. In the past couple of years our plants have started bearing heavily in September, so I really wanted to push it back a lot earlier this year.

We’ve also planted:

  • Sugar snap peas
  • Lacinato/dinosaur kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Escarole
  • Mache
  • Cilatro
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Okra
  • Butternut, Long Island cheese, acorn and spaghetti squash
  • Beets
  • Carrots

We also have our fall-planted garlic and shallots. And in the ground or in containers we still have our blueberry bushes, grapevines, peach trees and lemon and lime trees. The blueberries and peaches already have visible fruit! Crazy.

Here’s to an excellent 2012 season ahead!

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