I’m excited about our first market day at the North City Farmers’ Market TOMORROW! Today we harvested collards, swiss chard, mustard greens, radishes, onions (the picture is of some onion seed we’ll be saving to plant later), bok choi, lettuce, and more as it sprinkled down. I’ll be picking herbs in the morning to take, also. Looking forward to this new season, and I’ll see you there at the market! -Ashleigh
P.S. More info on the market here
This only happens about once a year so clear your calendars for this year’s Soap Making Workshop!! Always one of our most popular workshops, our collective members will lead you through the process of making your own soap using some herbs from the farm- you can even take a bar home with you! Because we do have to order supplies at a cost to the farm, we are asking for a $5 donations towards the materials used in the workshop. We’ll have a tour of the farm starting at 1:00, and the soap workshop will start at 1:30. See you at the farm (1832 Hogan)!
So many delicious strawberries! So delicious, in fact, that the pillbugs, millipedes, and ants have been after our strawberries, too! To prevent this from happening as often, we’ve been picking the strawberries nearly everyday to they’re not sitting as long, which decreases the chances of these little arthropods from getting to our berries! We’ve also been picking off already eaten berries and throwing them away from the bed, first making sure that the plant is not putting energy into these berries, and secondly making sure that we get those strawberries with bugs in them away from our growing patch. Picking strawberries is pretty labor intensive (especially if we’re doing it so frequently!), but it’s also kindof a fun little treasure hunt, and you get to eat a sweet loot afterwards!
Daniel and I went out a few nights ago on slug duty because they were chompin away at our greens and we don’t appreciate that! We took a flashlight, some cups full of salt, and one by one picked em off and threw them in our salt cups where they melted. (Sorry about that slugs, I’m sure that didn’t feel great…) Afterwards, we sprinkled diatomaceous earth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth#Pest_control) on the bed, and now our collards seem to be doing so much better! YAY! -Ashleigh
Come help us celebrate a new growing season at New Roots with a potluck dinner and hang out! Come see your old friends and make some new ones over a delicious meal and maybe even some campfire songs afterwards. Feel free to forward on and bring a friend! We all hope to see you there!
Saturday May 11th
Potluck at 6pm
Bonfire, Music, hanging out after
New Roots Urban Farm
1832 Hogan St.
St. Louis, 63106