Happy Spring Break!

While most of my fellow teachers and students are enjoying some R & R on a tropical beach or exploring beautiful ski slopes; I’m hunkered down in Des Moines spending the week getting the farm ready for the season.  This may sound like I’m complaining, but I’m actually very excited for this week!  The boys are still enjoying their days in daycare so Eric and I are able to knock out key farm tasks.  Now, all I ask is that the weather cooperates and allows us to get done everything that we plan to do.

This past week Jordan from Grade A Gardens was our rockstar!  He’s a proud owner of a BCS walk behind tractor, and he graciously allowed us to rent it from him.  Not only did he allow us to use it, but he came to our plot on two separate occasions and ran the BCS for us.  One day he rotary plowed the areas where we were unable to pull all the sod.  Another day he came out and tilled the whole plot.  

The initial plan was for me to come out and help him with the tilling, but that plan was quickly thwarted.  As I was getting the boys ready to head out to the farm, Walter decided to “catch a fall” on the corner of a table.  Instead of going to the farm to work, I ended up at an Urgent Care clinic getting Walter’s eye checked out.  Luckily no stitches were required and he handled it very well.  He’s one tough cookie!

The goal for the rest of this week is to get our beds formed (Jordan will bring the BCS over for one more session.)  Here’s a list of other tasks we hope to complete once the beds are created:

  • Broadfork any beds where root crops will be planted

  • Using our flame weeder, we will burn holes in our landscape fabric.  The landscape fabric will be used on steady crops (tomatoes, peppers, squash, and kale) which are planted essentially all season long.  

  • Install drip irrigation on our steady season crop beds

  • Setup poly low tunnels

  • Tarp beds to prep them for stale seed bedding

We had some rainy last couple of days, so our soil is too wet to be able to create the beds right now.  There is no rain predicted in the next few days, so I’m hopeful that is the case and the soil will be able to dry out enough to allow us to get all this work done.

Ideally, I get some seeds in the ground next week, so fingers crossed we can make this happen!

Your Urban FarmHer, Jenny


Oliver trying to steal the credit for the great work Jordan put in with his rotary plow.


You should see the other guy...

Spring Break to-do list

Salanova starts will be transplanted in about 3 weeks.