The Backyard Chronicles 1

Backyard Chronicles 1
Doesn’t it seem like the year 2010 is all about urban farming and eating locally? The truth is that these things have been around us for many years, we just never bother to look or pay attention. But finally people are starting to pay more attention to where their food comes from, what actually goes into their food and how the heck do we just eat better.

My apartment has a pretty big backyard space. My roommate and I, last year, decided to grow things just for the heck of it. In the end we had tomatoes, jalapenos, and basil. I tried to grow chives and Chinese lettuce but it was already too late as it was getting too cold. So in our effort to do it better this year, we have enlisted our friends to join us. They are welcome to grow whatever they want in our space and in return help us with plan what goes where and plant things.

I just like to say that I really got inspired by Liza de Guia of Food Curated and Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards for showing me and getting me excited about eating better and hopefully growing a bunch of stuff in the backyard.


So we had our first backyard meeting couple weeks ago. We all had homework to do. We came up with a list of things we wanted to grow, split them between us and did research on them. Like when to plant them, how long, where….etc.

Here’s the list of things we wanted to grow.
Artichokes
Potatoes
Onions
Carrots
Lemongrass
Basil/thai basil
Peas/sweet peas
Lettuce
Luffa
Baby pea shoots
Zucchini
Watermelon
Jalapenos
Tomatoes
Squash
Eggplant
Brussel sprouts
Asparagus
Rhubarb
Beets
Swiss chard
Kale
Microgreens
Spinach
Cilantro
Rosemary
Dill
Sage
Chives

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