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Harvesting, Storage, and Preservation

November 1, 2014 • Ian Whittington

With the help of a pitch fork and trowel I dug up sweet potato tubers. The amount of clay in the ground made it difficult.

The fall session is just about over, which means something important is about to start happening. Harvesting. Or to be more precise, fall harvesting. Because I first started planting in the spring I’ve been picking veggies for months. Those following my blog know that it was late summer when my beans exhausted themselves out because […]

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Seed Saving

October 17, 2014 • Ian Whittington

As we get deeper into fall my plot keeps changing. My turnips and carrots are doing well. In fact, I’ve already started to see turnip tops popping up. Could it really almost be time to harvest them?

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October 3, 2014 • Ian Whittington

Red wriggler worms from Joe's vermicomposting.

Throughout the class Joe has stressed how it important it is to respect all the natural processes that go into gardening. It all goes back to the notion that to have productive gardens you need to work with, not against nature. And what better way to work with nature than by composting with worms? This is […]

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Succession Planting

September 27, 2014 • Ian Whittington

I planted my peas under the tomatoes to take advantage of its shade before it dies.

I’ve been getting mixed results with all the seeds I’ve sowed lately. The peas I planted are doing really well.

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Fall Session Class Two – Planting

September 18, 2014 • Ian Whittington

All the wonderful transplants NFI provided us, include broccoli, kale, and lettuce.

Great news! It turns out I really am able to grow everything I wanted. Well, almost everything.

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Fall Session Class One-Plot Set-up Review

September 6, 2014 • Ian Whittington

My plot at the end of first day of the fall session.

And we’re back! The fall session of NFI’s Adult Urban Garden Education class has started up, meaning I’ll once again be filling you in on everything that we’ve been learning. Even though this is another beginning, it doesn’t feel like that to me. That’s probably because this weeks class was all about getting our plots […]

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Classes Nine and Ten – Harvesting and Wrap-Up

August 19, 2014 • Ian Whittington

One of my harvest, including a few gifts from neighbors.

Harvesting. This is why most of us probably took this class. Sure we wanted to learn all the ins and outs of gardening, but let’s be honest. No one signed up looking forward to all the weeds they were going to get to pull; they signed up for the plump tomatoes and spicy peppers.

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Class Eight- Weeding and More Weeding

July 26, 2014 • Ian Whittington

An unweeded patch of the NFI community garden.

After a little over two months it’s finally happened. I’ve had my first harvest! It’s exciting because I’m literally seeing the fruits of my labor. But I’m also nervous because, well, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all this food.

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Class Seven-Plant Disease Identification and Treatment

July 11, 2014 • Ian Whittington

Recently mysterious white marks started showing up on some of our pepper plants

Something strange happened at the NFI garden the other week. Just when my peppers were finally starting to look livelier, I noticed that one of them had white marks on its leaves. And I wasn’t the only one affected. Others in the class were noticing the same thing as well.

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Class Six-Compost

June 24, 2014 • Ian Whittington

My First Tomato Plant 2

For the past two months I’ve really been looking forward to finally being able to harvest. I’m not quite there yet, but I can finally see that it’s going to happen. Why? Because this week I hit an exciting milestone. I got my first tomato!

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