Urban Farming at Home – Part 4: Keeping you updated

by Stefmanovic

Urban Farming at Home - Part 4It has been a while since my last update, and for that I apologize! I’ve been very busy with some other projects, such as my ventures into storytelling and transcribing, and an online music related project I’ll hopefully be able to tell you more about (hint: it involves a certain studio in Rotterdam). In other words, the home farming project unfortunately became a bit of a lower priority. However, there has a lot been happening on our lovely little balcony. We had our harvest, some stuff has been growing, other stuff has been dying, and every time we learn something new. Overall it’s a very fun thing to do, but you do need to take your time for it. Perhaps permaculture is the solution after all?

ZucchiniRecognizing your plants

The plants we first assumed to fail miserable have been doing rather well. When we first had the zucchinis inside, they were sort of doing ok, but once placed on the balcony it looked as if they were going to die within a week. They looked all droopy and sad. But luckily we’ve been having a sort of a heatwave (at least to Dutch standards) these last couple of weeks, meaning the zucchinis started to grow. First we got to enjoy big yellow flowers, and before we knew it a baby zucchini as well! For some reason I find this fellow to be really cute and am very tempted to name it, got any suggestions?

CauliflowersThe cauliflowers have also started growing, and now we can even see it taking form. Those things really look like brains to me!  We have four of them now, but I got the feeling we’ll end up having only three of them since one of the cauliflowers is turning brown for some reason.

Bell pepperAnother bunch that started growing recently are our bell peppers, you can now recognize the vegetable growing on the plant. At first we thought they too would die, especially since the birds kept trying to devour them. But they’ve manage to survive, and not only that, they are actually growing! Quite cool, hopefully we’ll be able to eat our own bell peppers soon!

Sweet peasThe sweet peas have also been growing, and are also showing their fruits. We had to tie them up to make them grow in the right direction. I find it very fascinating how plants move towards the light. I know that sunflowers do this, but the sweet pea plant does something similar.

Sadly enough some of the leaves have been turning brown. I doubt that’s supposed to happen, got a feeling that they don’t really like the heat so much. Another possibility might be that they don’t have enough space to spread their roots.

RucolaTransplant successful!

Whilst it took some time for the zucchini to adapt, the rucola really started to grow after we put them in one of the planters. Maybe it’s because the cucumbers had previously died in it, or maybe they’re just a bit more resilient. They grew to be quite big and we eventually managed to harvest it. Sadly enough our busy schedules prevented us from enjoying them, we’ve always been out there interviewing people, transcribing stuff, then doing some more interviews. Kinda forgot to take the time to enjoy the harvest and actually use it. Just means we need to grow some rucola again!

A nice can of deathA nice can of death

We already knew our experiment using the empty beer cans wasn’t that big a success, and now the crops are really dying. The picture here doesn’t show their complete state yet, but the darkness of the picture does give you a sense of foreshadowing I guess…

Next time on Urban Farming!

You should read out the heading of this paragraph in the voice of the Dragon Ball Z narrator. Don’t know why, just do it! Or maybe not…

I guess next post about this will let itself wait for a while since the other projects take priority, so it will probably cover another harvest or funeral, depending on which crops manage to survive. I’m thinking of planting some more onions and garlic, they always seem to be doing rather well, and are quite easy to maintain!