Monday, May 9, 2011

Starting Seeds: The Urban Edition

I’ve been a bit busy recently. In addition to being the best wife, daughter, sister, and lawyer that I can be, I’m a student in the University of Illinois Master Gardener program. This entails real quizzes, assignments, and even a final exam. I’ve been tested on everything from soil to parasitic wasps, with not so minor detours into stormwater runoff and vermiculture.
Here’s the irony… I’m way behind in my vegetable gardening for the year. I suspect I will do like many home gardeners, both urban and rural, and buy plants. Most of my tender and warm-loving crops, like watermelon, cucumbers, okra, and runner beans don’t require transplanting, so as soon as I’m done with this final exam, I’m getting those crops into the Earthboxes – especially given this week’s forecast of warm days and well-above-freezing nights.
One of the things that is of particular interest to me is urban vegetable gardening. But I’m interested in a subset of urban vegetable gardening, specifically those with very little, if any, land. The lack of land is one aspect of urban dwelling that knows no socio-economic boundaries.
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