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Tuesday, June 15, 2010


HELLO & welcome to Garden Daddy here at the urban farm! It has been several days since I have been able to spend a moment with you either in mind or to take time to update you on the happenings here at the urban farm. This garden home is being blessed with the largest plants I have ever seen to date here at the urban farm. I have never seen field peas or zucchini so large in my life and my sunflowers are already about 10ft in height. My tomato plants are loaded with green tomatoes and lots more blooms are coming on as well. My bell peppers are loaded and the eggplant is just starting to really bloom this week. But I say all that to say that I am hoping that all energy is not going into plant growth and not into produce. The pea plants are really huge. I mean huge, over 3-feet in all directions as well as the zucchini and many tomato plants are already over 4-feet as well.
I have about 4-pots of mixed greens on my deck here at the urban farm. I have 2-pots of mixed mesculin greens and 2-pots of bib lettuce, all of which are doing well. I thought you might get an idea of using some empty pots you have laying around to add an additional ingredient to your backyard menu of adding more fresh produce to your own table. For you "Provencale" at heart, the mesculin mix if often called Mache' or Lamb's Lettuce. It is a rather spicy mix of Arugula, Red Mustard, Endive and Raddichio...sometimes other varieties of lettuces. Add some goat cheese, croutons, pears and some Walnuts and you are set for some wonderful flavors. Add a piece of medium rare beef or lamb, a few oven roasted new potatoes with rosemary and olive oil and you are set for a feast for any guest or just yourself...who deserves it more, right? I need to stop as this menu could send me into orbit of flavor and taste "Nirvana". Okay, I see it now. A "Garden Daddy From The Urban Farm" cookbook & entertainment guide, right?
Here are some updated photos of the garden this week and a new look at how grown the little pullets are getting. I am a minimum of 5-weeks away from the earliest eggs I could be getting, as the oldest chickens will be about 15-weeks old then. But most likely it will be some time later but that would be the absolute earliest I could see the odd one or two pullet eggs. Also things continue on a regular pace over at the community garden. I will leave you today with our ongoing gardening affirmation in mind: "URBAN FARMING: ONE EGG AT A TIME!"


  1. Quesions:
    1.In the book, Country Life, Paul Heiney list sunflowers as a grain. can you grind them like wheat and use the "flour" for baking. They seem to be easy to raise in our area and would be a good flour substitute.
    2. What, if anything could I plant in pots now (that would be edible).
    3. When will you have goats?

  2. SID...It would take an enormous amount of sunflowers to make flour. Also, no goats here at the garden home. And you can put some "started plants" such as squash or peppers or some late tomatoes in pots if you want some late summer vegetables.
    For Mrs. Sid...Did you plant your Cleome seeds this year?