Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Starting An Urban Garden

After 3 years on a waiting list for a gardening space in the Squirrel Brand Community Garden, I finally had the good fortune to be given a garden space. Although my father was the neighborhood green thumb and we had the biggest, baddest garden in the neighborhood, I mostly picked and ate the produce, didn't really do any of the hard labor. So this was a learning experience for me.

The hardest part is lugging all those bags of compost and soil. Thankfully I had my trusty partner in crime, Kemal, to help me with the heavy lifting. What a rewarding undertaking and how fun to watch things grow, particularly from the itty bitty seeds some of the plants have. I decided to focus on veggies and probably planted too much in my little space but it was hard to control myself. I will be posting updates but for now, here's a video that shows how I got the raised bed up and running. Raised beds are great for urban areas where you have to contain your garden. They are also a good idea because urban earth is usually riddled with lead. You don't typically want to plant in that stuff. Hope you find it helpful!


Blogger Carol said...

Awesome! Enjoy the process and the produce!

9:19 PM  

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