Sow: bugged


Even though it was Monday after a long weekend, I wasn’t sad to get back to work: my muscles and back needed to rest!

Even better: today was like my birthday all over again. Whoohoo! Two shipping delayed gifts arrived and I enjoyed a fun online shopping spree (thanks, Reesa) and sharing (and eating) delicious chocolate during conference calls (thanks, Mel)!

I also saw my sweet boss for the first time in a week or so and she gave me gifts for the urban farm!

She is an avid digger in the dirt too and found a super cool ergonomic shovel from Canadian retailer Lee Valley. Now I can’t wait to plant something this coming weekend — or sooner if I can figure out what container plants to add to the patio. And I have on my calendar that this weekend is time to plant okra, a plant that apparently does awesome in our surface of the sun summer temperatures.

She also found me a new bug for the garden (photo at top of page). Isn’t he cute?


He’s going to live in the stock tank with the spinach and red velvet lettuce. Both are growing like crazy! I guess they’re happy with the weather change. So am I!


Sow: spring?


Today after Bruce, the 3G Network, and I finished our cold 5:30 am walk around the neighborhood, I decided to check out the Urban Farm.

Partially inspired by an end of day conversation with a straw bale gardening coworker (hi Julia) and her tomato and pepper plants, I pulled out a flashlight to see how the seeds planted on February 18 are doing.

We’ve had weird, wildly changeable weather with rain, warmth, cold, high winds so honestly, my expectations were low. I thought everything would be a week behind or so.


I was pleasantly surprised to find sprouts in stock tank 2–red velvet lettuce (lactuca sativa). This heirloom variety will take 55 days to grow and promises sweet and tender beautiful wine-red leaves that will “make any salad memorable.”

I’m officially looking forward to that memorable salad. And to see what plants pop up over the coming days. I wonder what will be next…

(Tomatoes are going in the ground this weekend!)

Happy 2013 spring garden, y’all!

UPDATE: Once the sun came up, I watered everything and found a radish sprout, a mache sprout, and a pea sprout. So plenty is happening in the Urban Farm.

PS: special thank you to Bruce for getting solar lights for around the urban farm. I really didn’t need to use the flashlight once I got over to the beds.