Urban Farm Update and Notes 2014

The lettuce is up and has been crazy!  I have all I want and then some.
It is delicious.


I just go out and snip, snip, snip and have fresh salad for lunch or dinner!

My radishes grew fantastically this year – I guess I will never know what the heck happened to them  last year but that is fine.  It is just one of those mysterious garden things I guess.


My bush variety of Sugar Snap peas were tasty and prolific.   I wish I had planted another row or two.  I plan on replanting them in Sept. as a fall crop.  I have never done a fall planting before but want to give it a try this year.

My carrots are up with bushy green tops.  I planted a variety called Paris Market that has smaller round roots as opposed to the carrot shape we are all familiar with.    I pulled a couple today but they were only the size of marbles so I will give them more time.  I have never grown carrots before and they are another gardening mystery to me.


The 3 kinds of potatoes are growing like crazy.  Lazy – or as I like to call it – BUSY me did not ever get to piling up soil around the stems to encourage more roots and therefore more potatoes so we shall see how the harvest is.

If I were a pioneer wife and my family depended on me to feed them all year from the garden, they would STARVE!

My bush variety green beans are covered in flowers and I expect a great crop soon.


NOTE TO SELF and to other ‘mature’ gardeners:  Plant the climbing type vs the bush type of beans and peas and save your back a lot of soreness at harvest time!


I decided to let my chickens out one day to free range and they devored my cabbage plants.

The peppers are looking ok.  Not great but OK.  Well actually they are not looking so great and either is the eggplant.

All varieties of tomatoes are doing great.  I have green tomatoes on several plants already.


My husband says if all we get is tomatoes the garden is a SUCCESS!

I have some room in the garden where I never planted ANYTHING.  I don’t know if it was the weather or what but it took longer than ever to get out of my winter ‘funk’ this year.  I didn’t seem to have my usual enthusiasm.

I NEVER would have left unplanted space in my veggie plot!

I promise to do better next year – I PROMISE!

(Maybe I should start Zoloft next winter?????)


Or this:


Or better yet this:


In the meantime the weeds are more than happy to fill in the unused space!

All the rain in Iowa has given me a bumper crop of  WEEDS!  The chickens love that I pull them and toss them in the pen.  It keeps them busy for hours scratching through them searching for their favorite bites and bugs!


There ya go! I meant to leave those empty spaces for weeds to feed my chickens!  Of course, that has to be it!


Tell me about your garden.  Is it doing well this year?

  Does it get larger or smaller each year?

  Do you have any work-saving tips to share?



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joe Criger
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 23:39:13

    Zoloft next winter, not nest winter. 🙂



  2. Steven Criger
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 23:14:10




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