Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Boulevard garden is two weeks ahead of normal schedule! The garlic that we planted last fall is starting to come up. It seems like the straw mulch did the trick. Now the garlic beds are being watered and we should see some rapid growth over the next few weeks
We are going to have a bumper crop of garlic and other vegetables that we can hopefully sell at the Gunnison Farmers Market, restaurants, or family and friends.

The hardy preseason crop of greens, turnips, beets, and radishes that we planted in the hoop house are all germinated and seem to enjoy the hot humid confines of their hoop home. Above is a picture of the first spinach popping up out of the ground. The baby sprouts are never what you think they would like. Sometimes the hardest part of the early season is figuring out which sprouts are weeds or vegetables.

Currently we have planted six rows of greens radishes and turnips outside of the hoop house as our major crop that will follow after we harvest the hoop house. This week we are planning on planting Tibetan barley, carrots, beets, turnips, and rutabagas underneath row covers. Hopefully this will be the first of two waves of root crops for the entire season.

Happy planting!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hello Everyone, 
We had a productive weekend with our urban agriculture crew. While the unusually warm weather beat down on our necks we built the Mountain Roots hoop house. This hoop house is a season extending structure that will allow us to grow our cold hardy plants on both ends of our gorwing season as well as some more warm weather prone plants during the middle of the summer. We amended the soil within it with aged manure and planted some radishs, turnips, and greens. Come the beginning of May we will harvest all of these preseason crops and replace them. Currently, we are thinking of planting melons in the middle with tomatoes, pole beans, and basil on the outside. In the next few weeks we will be planting much more!

Ian and Brian