Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fall is almost here

Since the last blog entry we have harvested collard greens, rhubarb chard, cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, hot pepper, eggplant, kale, blue corn, cucumbers, basil, zucchini, white squash, spaghetti squash, radishes, carrots, sage, oregano and parsley. We have decided to practice seed saving. So far, we have saved tomato, cucumber, radish, kale, blue corn, black-eyed peas, mustard green and sunflower seeds. An example of how much we harvest:
On 8/30/2010, at the Morris Ave. Farm, we harvested-
Collards- 1 lb. 1 oz.
Eggplant- 5 lbs. 6 oz.
Green Peppers- 1 lb. 7 oz.
Cherry Tomatoes- 1 lb. 1 oz.
Tomatoes- 2 lb. 8 oz.
We have done much staking and re-staking to bamboo sticks of tomato and eggplant plants that grew heavy and were leaning over. We have cut back many dead/dying/diseased leaves on the squash and sunflower plants. People from the Horticultural Society of NY visited and asked if we had any requests for next season. Natalie requested a portable greenhouse, an outdoor tool shed and maybe chickens. Natalie and some of the workers have been able to finally sell some of our produce at the La Familia Verde Farmers Market in the Bronx. Natalie says it was successful. Someone even requested green tomatoes, which we have a lot of. As late season crops we planted kale, red Russian kale, lettuce and squash. In terms of culinary activities, we made a vegetable soup with homemade garlic bread and Natalie stir fried kale with cherry tomatoes. Both were very good. We began preparing the wormbins to be harvested. Finally, we bought new compost bins. They are the kind that you rotate manually. We began putting organic matter in the one at Morris Ave. It has been another productive season at My Urban Farms.

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