Have you ever wanted to grow some of your own veggies but did not know where to start? Each month she will be addressing another urban farming issue; composting, seed saving, preserving etc.
"Yes, yes, urban farming is about vegetables and chickens and putting up but what it’s really about is changing the food stream. It’s about a hunger to connect with what you eat, and what you feed to those you love. It’s about being mindful of the impact you have on this life, both on and off the farm."
She also wrote the "Urban Farm Handbook", which I do not yet own, but I think I may be adding it my library. I have read many positive reviews, one from Food in Jars.
February is all about the soil. I already compost our kitchen and some yard waste in our backyard composter. The City of Portland also picks up yard debris and the kitchen waste I do not place in my garden compost (meat, cooked food, greasy food etc.) curbside along with recycling and garbage.
The other composter was really difficult to manage...it was next to impossible to stick a shovel or fork in there and get any leverage to turn the soil. This one is hinged and it takes some effort, but it can be turned regularly to mix up the compost. Some people in dryer climates have trouble with compost tumblers drying out....this is not a problem here in the northwest.
The Hubs came across an article about Hugelkultur garden beds. We are going to try this method out this month and plant it this summer and see how it goes. I will keep you posted.