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sometimes mother nature has her own agenda despite the time of year. snow in march? why not. for us at urban farm school the planting itch has become hard to ignore so the seeds have gone out, the transplants are under cover and the growing season has commenced despite the weather.
one of the most humbling parts of food gardening is the constant dependence on weather. too much rain or not enough, too much wind, still freezing, didn’t freeze enough, warmed up and THEN froze (always a fun one) all of it will make the garden a different kind of eden each year. one of the best lessons the weather teaches though is that our backyard gardens are places for us to revel in growing things, many of us depend on the things we produce to stock our shelves through the year, lower our grocery bills, and serve as a source of pride but we have options if it all goes terribly wrong. farmers depend on the weather for their livlihood. there is no walking to the corner store to restock the pantry, they’re the ones that stock the store. so when we have a terrible tomato year (like last year) a terrible apple year (like three years ago) be patient and persistent like the farmers in the field. the weather always comes around and the bounty follows, evenutally.
in this wet and cold weather try a small patch of peas, sweet peas, and potatoes to curb that itchy planting urge. they’re able to withstand the colder temperatures and don’t mind being wet too much; remember to plant small just in case mother nature has a few more tricks up her sleeve in this early gardening season.
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Tags: beets, harvest, local food, peas, seasonal food, urban farm school
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I love peas. read my garden journal and you’ll see why. I have a favorite picture of pea haying from the mid-40′s that is near and dear to my heart. In that simple photo I see a whole different world, one that I am slightly envious of and one that I question whether I could stand up to in today’s world. The pea fodder they are raking is to be used for feed during the winter months as alfalfa and hay are today. They used what they had to the greatest benefit and the thought of the butter and cream that the dairy cows produced after being fed that sweet pea fodder makes my mouth water. I love real cream almost as much as fresh picked peas, the deep yellow color, the sweet, rich smell, the thickness of it as it coats a bowl or spoon before being mixed into batter or ice cream. It is difficult to find good, simple cream anymore but it is worth the effort!
In honor of the great simplicities in the garden Toree and I have decided to throw are own GardenforLife Party in her glorious garden at the end of July. We are featuring three vegetables that are commonly thought of as either difficult to prepare or limited in their uses: beets, eggplant or cucumbers (depending on how the garden grows, of course) and summer squash. We are excited to bring local, seasonal produce to the forefront of this tasting party, where we will discuss the merits of each from seed to harvest and will provide recipe cards for preparations options and a brief outline of the vegetable itself. We are so excited to invite friends and family into Toree’s wonderful garden for an evening of like-minded people, education, and the garden’s bounty!