Adventures in urban farming

2014 Lineup

So many seeds. Here are the plants we are attempting to grow this year. Ambitious, no?

  1. Cosmic Purple Carrot
  2. Boston Pickling Cucumber
  3. Little Sailor Eggplant     
  4. European Mesclun Mix
  5. Blue Curled Scotch Kale
  6. Harlow’s Homestead Okra     
  7. Jaune Paille Des Vertus Onion
  8. Purple Jalapeno
  9. Albino Bullnose Bell Pepper
  10. Purple Beauty Bell Pepper
  11. Merlo Nero Spinach
  12. Flat White Boer Pumpkin
  13. Rouge Vif D’ Etampes Pumpkin
  14. Five Color Silverbeet Swisschard
  15. Corn, On Deck Hybrid
  16. Raspberry, Favorite Collection
  17. German Pink Tomato
  18. Black Krim Tomato
  19. Carbon Tomato
  20. Chocolate Cherry Tomato
  21. Amish Paste Tomato
  22. Comstock Sauce and Slice Tomato
  23. Pantano Romanesco Tomato
  24. Purple Bumble Bee Tomato     
  25. Blue Berries Tomato    
  26. Indigo Apple Tomato     
  27. Solar Flair Tomato     
  28. Yellow Pear Tomato
  29. Basil - Genovese
  30. Bee Balm Lemon
  31. Lemongrass
  32. Brocade Mix Marigold
  33. Crackerjack Mix - Marigold, African
  34. Orange Hawaii - Marigold, French
  35. Cherokee Long Ear Corn  
  36. Italian Cucuzza Squash 

Whoops. I lied about the “exclusively heirloom” thing. I couldn’t pass up the made-for-containers corn. So we have all heirlooms and one hybrid.

Most of our seeds are from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, which is located in southern Missouri. Check them out here.

And here is the set up- just waiting for seeds!


The Farmers

Anna (me)



The Livestock

Red, Blackie, Bossy, and Gimpy (creative names, right?)

Fatty and Gray-gray

Testing my green thumb

Growing up, we always had a garden. Everyone in my family had a garden. We inherited our green thumbs from my grandpa. His garden was renowned throughout the neighborhood and some of my fondest memories are of helping him tend to the tomatoes and eggplants and peppers on warm summer days.

I too have cultivated various vegetables and herbs in my own garden. When I bought a house in 2010, one of the first things we did was mark out where the garden would go. Now, three years later, the garden has grown to multiple raised beds including a flower garden that I’d like to think my grandma would be proud of (grandpa did the veggies, grandma tended to the roses and other flowers). We’ve even added a small flock of laying hens to my little urban farm.

This year, we are taking things a step further. The 2014 garden will be stocked with plants grown exclusively from heirloom seeds. I’ve never had much luck starting anything other than squash or corn from seed, but hopefully that will all change this year. I plan to document this little adventure here. The seeds have arrived and I have acquired seed starting trays and grow lights. Here goes nothing!