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the brief history of my nano farm

September 6, 2013

working with the biodynamic association full-time has put quite a dent in my growing activities this season, especially since the “nano farm” (aka community garden plot) i signed up for was a good 15 minute walk from my apartment in chicago, and for the first month had no running water, and i went to europe for 2.5 weeks in july…

despite those impediments, i did plant a lot of seeds and my little seedlings grew and thrived into a diverse mini ecosystem.

first peas coming up, early may

first peas coming up, early may

mid may seedlings and windowsill transplants

mid may seedlings and windowsill transplants

since june i have harvested and eaten salad greens, snap peas, chervil, cress, arugula, chard, kale, broccoli, beets, borage, green beans, ground cherries, summer savory and dill.

june garden

june garden

salad green harvest, early june

salad green harvest, early june

i picked marigolds and bachelor buttons to brighten the apartment, and watched native bees visiting the blooms.

mid july

mid july

at the end of august my mother came for a visit to help me pack up to move to milwaukee, and together we visited the plot for her first and my last time, snacking on beans and groundcherries and giving the thirsty plants water.

sunflowers

bachelors_marigolds

beans

two friends in the neighborhood will be tending the garden for the remainder of the season. meanwhile, i just cleared one of the raised beds in my new yard to plant winter greens!

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