Sorry, folks. I know I’ve been MIA for much longer than normal. My feeble excuse is work’s been pretty intense and snuck away to the Great White North for a much needed girls’ weekend with two of my pals.
While I was gone, Kate from the yummy foodie blog Tea and Tamarind nominated sowsewso for the Shine On Award. (I’ll take care of the formalities of accepting later. Maybe on the weekend.) Thank you, Kate! I appreciate your kudos and I thank you for the nudge that got me to write today’s post.
But in the interest of catching you up on what’s been happening on the Mortroski Midcentury Urban Farm, I need to show you a ton of photos:
Summer’s been rough in the aesthetics department. The pine straw mulch looked great for a while, but then it seemed to help the grass grow back in the places where we didn’t want it.
It’s been about two weeks since we completed the mulching. I’d like to say that the grass/weed mixture is 100% smothered and the mulch looks perfect. I’m afraid that this weekend, I’m going to need to pull out some grass. But still if I’m vigilant, I’ll be able to keep things looking nice.
That’s important since it’s patio season again in North Texas. Time for sitting on the patio enjoying adult beverages with friends as we watch the 4Gs and their doggie pals romp around the yard. I can’t wait. It’s really lovely.
As for the urban farm, my kale seeds haven’t sprouted and after a few weeks of waiting and watching the chard sprout and thrive, I’m giving up and picking up some transplants this weekend. Bok choi is growing well. Beets are a little disappointing so I’m going to plant more seeds. Beans are doing their thing and flowering so I’m hoping for a bumper crop. Various salad greens are growing well.
Tomatoes are a disappointment once again and may get pulled out. They are a complete mystery to me. I tried everything, fertilized as directed, watered, and the weather wasn’t that hot. But some of the plants are flowering again so maybe there’s hope.
Snow peas seem to be taking their own sweet time, but maybe they don’t like being so close to the okra. The okra may get pulled although it could still keep producing until the frost kills it. I’ve been giving it away and I have a huge bag of it in the freezer. I’d love to make some pickled okra but that is a little more of a time commitment than I can do. I’d like to get some collard greens growing. Peppers are going crazy. Basil too. Radishes are turning into cute little seedlings. Malabar spinach is thriving and so pretty. And the peaches I froze back in the spring are reminding me that it’s time to make jam.
You’ve probably gathered that I haven’t been spending much time with urban farm. Hopefully I get a bit of time out there this weekend.
And now it’s bedtime. So I bid you goodnight and leave you with a gratuitous (and nap-tastic) 4G photo:
Love the newspaper trick! Good to have you back
Thank you! Jury is out on the newspaper trick. I like the environmentally friendly/recycling aspect, but I see grass breaking through. Of course, grass always grows where you don’t want it! And this weird Texas grass grows sideways. It’s called St. Augustine. But I’ll just be diligent with the pulling I suppose.
Ah that four letter word “work” don’t miss it one little bit – catching up after a sun soaked holiday, ready for whatever winter has to offer.
Jealous! I got a tiny taste of leisure last weekend with some extra time off and have since paid dearly for the pleasure. But I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
That’s the spirit Julie – keep the flag flying and the glass half full.
Great to see this post! And I miss having a garden so have to log the newspaper trick for the day I have one again…
I found it on Pinterest! Thanks for the kick in the bum to get me back to writing. Work does not need to get all of my writing goodness.
And such goodness it is!