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By bit bit on April 12, 2011

From growing a single pot of herbs in the windowsill of a studio apartment to growing rows of crops in place of a front lawn, more and more city-dwellers are producing their own food. Although we can't always grow as much as people with more land, urban farmers learn to make the most of the conditions we have and produce delicious, healthy food rather than depend on the supermarket. In this article, I'll take you on a tour of my urban farm and talk a bit about the whys and hows of growing food in the city.

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Imagestormyla
Apr 18, 2011 11:30 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I don't see why not. I will try doing just that!! I tip my hat to you.
Imagemarti
Apr 18, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
Ky, I've never tried growing cukes in hanging baskets. I thought they needed deeper root area. How big a hanging basket to grow pickling cukes?
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Imagestormyla
Apr 18, 2011 2:30 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Carol, What else do you grow in containers?
AlohaHoya
Apr 18, 2011 6:00 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Beans. Eggplants. Mint. Tomatoes. SwissChard. Kale. Yukina. - so far. Rolling my eyes.
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Apr 18, 2011 8:16 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Yes, I do most of those too. What is a Yukina?
AlohaHoya
Apr 18, 2011 8:36 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
OH...it is GLORIUS!!! I get it from JohnnysSeed...called Yukina Savoy. Related to BokChoi but the leaves are fluffyish and deep green and not at all bitter. I love it raw in salads...but it's good in stirfry and cooked like spinach. Mostly I like it raw. Grows very fast, too!!!

Soon I will have some seeds of a yellow squash...kinda big...from Thailand. Grows beautifully and is really yummy...like butternut squash...I can share...if anyone wants some.
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Apr 18, 2011 9:21 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks, Carol. I will have to look into some of that. Is it cruciferous?
AlohaHoya
Apr 18, 2011 10:55 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Definitely!!! It is thriving now...hopefully it will be head resistent. Another veg. Johnnys has is 'Vitamin Green" (clever name, eh?)...also cruciferous but more like Spinach too...says it is heat resistent. I have eaten VG and will post my success. Also will post pictures of my attempts at gardening!!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 19, 2011 2:08 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I used a regular sized pot. I'd say about a gallon and a half. I also made some hanging pots by turning a plastic gallon jug upside down after cutting the bottom out. I put some ground cloth in the neck of the jug to hold in the soil and left the top off so it would drain. I actually kept the tops and when I watered I left them on for a bit until the soil was saturated. Then i took them off and let the excess drain away. I hung them by punching holes in the sides and threading them on wire coat hangers. I used the hangers for pants that I took the cardboard tubes off of. The crook on the hanger was very handy. I hung them on an old swing frame and grew cukes in them.

Those greens sound great. I have chinese cabbage coming up now. Does it head? I have never grown it before.

I also have Osaka Purple Mustard coming up. I planted corn salad but don't see any of it yet. I have never grown it before either. My carrots are coming up. Broccoli raab too but I don't think it will amount to much.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

AlohaHoya
Apr 19, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Hmmmm yes chinese cabbage heads. My corn salad never came up Sad and my squash is dying because of a fungus in the soil...gotta fix it!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagestormyla
Apr 19, 2011 7:20 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Cheryl, I've never seen purple mustard. Is there a flavor difference?
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 19, 2011 7:25 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I don't know about the mustard. It's a first for me. It is supposed to be hot only when you chew and when you stop chewing the heat is gone. It's pretty.

I will have to thin my cabbage. I was growing it like leaf lettuce. How should I thin it?
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

AlohaHoya
Apr 19, 2011 11:17 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
It gets about as big as a LARGE romaine in the supermarkets...you may want to harvest them earlier. I much prefer the chinese cabbage to head cabbage...milder...great in coleslaw!!!
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 20, 2011 7:33 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Thanks for the info. I like to try new things.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

Imagestormyla
Apr 20, 2011 9:07 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
BitBit just started a recipe thread here.
Imagebitbit
Apr 20, 2011 11:02 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Yep, so feel free to post any tasty ones you have Smiling

Stormy, I'm looking your way if I ever need a moderator. I think you're here more than I am! Thumbs up
Imagestormyla
Apr 20, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Just trying to help you get this neat cubit going Bitbit. Big Grin

I'm very interested in what everyone here is posting. Thumbs up There is a lot about edibles that I need to learn. Because of my shade and horrible vole problem, traditional methods don't work. Sad
Imagebitbit
Apr 20, 2011 12:05 PM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Thanks for the help! I've been impressed how quickly things got rolling here, and hopefully the pace will keep increasing.

Once it warms up a bit more, greens and most herbs love the shade. I had salads into July last year by moving containers to an area with very little sun - most people here just grow lettuce in the spring and fall.

I have a friend who grows jalapenos and cherry tomatoes on her porch. I wonder if some of the small-fruited varieties of things are more shade-tolerant than full-size ones?
Imagestormyla
Apr 20, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
There was a thread at DG for shady edibles, but it had very few posts. Yes, I have moved pots over to the shade in the scorching summer. Portable gardens do have their advantages. Thumbs up
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Imagemarti
Apr 20, 2011 4:56 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
The way the maple trees are here, I get sun in the morning and during the worse of the heat in the afternoons everything is in the shade. Everything does great.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)

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