Another Vegetable Area Completed

So we got another veggie section done over the weekend.  Jason and his dad brought in lots of good, organic soil on Saturday.  Sunday we shaped the mounds and planted the seeds.  We have pumpkins, cantaloupe, more cucumbers, chard and eggplant.  We'll see how they do.  This is the site for Jason's gothic garden, but that will take awhile to get all the plants he wants....and it is a great veggie spot right now.  

Sometimes it's hard to be patient in our goals.  We just bought this house in December, our first, and really want to see if we can make urban agriculture work for us.  Thus, the idea of treating our little space as if we were homesteading.  Everything costs money for sure, so it's a slow process.  We are hoping in the next year we will be producing a large percentage of our food though.  Maybe we are setting ourselves up, but I think we can do it if we continue to work hard.  It's all trial and error, I know.  We lost our entire corn crop to worms, so we know that not only is the soil not great down there, but we need mineral oil to drop on the tassles as they form.  So we'll replant.  Our zukes were attacked by squash vine borers, but we were able to salvage enough to get a half way decent harvest.  Next year we'll be more prepared.  So far our peppers and tomatoes are doing great though!  

Reading Walter Jefferies' blog, Sugar Mountain Farm has been incredibly inspiring.  I've found alot of great information on his blog as well as many others who are trying to do the same thing.  It is great to see this mini revolution really starting to take hold.  I believe we really need to be aware of where our food comes from and growing our own and buying locally is a start.  I used to believe that only organic was the way to go, but now I'm realizing that it is even more important to support local farming - who usually grow naturally anyway.  

Oh!  The UPS just dropped off the book we've been waiting for, "Build Your Own Earth Oven" by Kiko Denzer.  We are going to do a cob oven and I'm thrilled! to peruse the new book.  :)