I will be GROWing after all :D

Posted on April 3, 2012


UPDATED: 4/5/2012

This post SO deserves to have an emoticon in the title.

Why?” you ask?

BEE-cause I received word this past Sunday that I will be allotted a GROW plot this year!

My GROW plot: first encounter*booty ‘n finger-shaking happy dance*

The “acquisition” of this plot pretty much means I can continue growing there until I move outta this area, which isn’t likely to  happen for a few, if not many, years from now. At least that is what my current endeavors suggest.

What remains from 2011For anyone who didn’t read about this community garden in my previous post, GROW is an acronym for Green Rows of Waltham, an unofficially organic community garden on the University of Massachusetts field station site in the city, aka exactly where the bulk of Waltham Fields acreage and offices stand, aka exactly where I will be spending a whole lot of time over the next seven months as a garden facilitator, part-time educator, and farmee (akin to Almost Famous’ “band aid” concept).

My organic GROW plotSeed arrival!Interested in what I purchased? Here’s the lineup:

High Mowing Organic Seeds { purchased @ Whole Foods in Newtonville }

  • Sugar Daddy Snap Peas
  • Astro Arugula
  • Samish Spinach
  • Cosmic Purple Carrots
  • Danvers 126 Carrots

Johnny’s Selected Seeds { purchased online }

  • Suiho (F1) —> Chinese broccoli
  • Savor (F1) —> Charentais melons (kind of like a mini cantaloupe)
  • Kermit (F1) —> Thai eggplant
  • Yankee Bell (OG) —> sweet green-to-red bell pepper
  • Genovese (OG) —> Italian basil
  • Munstead-Type Lavender
  • Common Chamomile
  • Common Mint
  • Stinging Nettle (foragable, yes, but it was a dollar… I couldn’t resist. This plant is a health powerhouse.)
  • Northern Pickling (OG) —> cucumbers
  • Comet (F1) —> bitter melon
  • Andy (F1) —> Korean cayenne chile
  • Black Cherry (OG) —> cherry tomato (indeterminate)
  • Sun Gold (F1) —> cherry tomato (indeterminate)
  • Bellstar (OG) —> paste tomato (determinate)

GROW wheelbarrowsFor those of you who may think me loony to have such an eclectic mix of crops, keep in mind that I receive produce from the farm and a bit from the Learning Garden; I don’t feel the need to grow most staple crops (lettuces, beets, potatoes, hearty greens, green beans, turnips, chard, heirloom tomatoes, etc etc) but I’ll be recording my planting, harvesting, and preserving in order to assess if my local food needs were met by this year’s arrangement. Most of my seed purchases consist of items I have yet to find at my local farmers market or the CSA; others I can easily purchase (tomatoes, cukes) but would like to have these particular varietals for preserving.

Ma bicycletteNow it’s time to get my hands on one of those saddle-bags pour mon vélo! Anyone have a particular brand or bag they suggest I consider? Affordable but durable options are much appreciated.

I’m turning the mic over to you, readers. Any new, different, or just plain totally-awesome varietals you intend to put in the ground this year? Feel free to post in the comments section below. I’d love to hear what others have been up to in their planning and spring planting.