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Fall Crops planted spring 2013 are starting to take off for fall/winter harvesting...
Fall Crops planted spring 2013 are starting to take off for fall/winter harvesting…

About 4 yrs ago I decided to start a blog about growing food, flower and herbs on city lots. I started it on “blogger” at the time. I really had no idea what a blog was or how to even work all the “gadgets” etc. Blogger was a good place for me to start.

 Fall Golden and Red Beets
Gold and Red Beets

We don’t have a lot of property so it was an experiment at first creating an urban potager and I had no idea what I was doing..but I read, and read, and read some more…and asked a lot of questions.I have always  been a “free Spirit” by nature , so to create a new type of sustainable living in the city was and still is an adventure.

plant a landscape to feed pollinators.....
plant a landscape to feed pollinators…..

We moved to this home in 1999 because we wanted to be closer to work and school. I also wanted space for an art studio which I would be able to create outside and inside over the years.

Fall leaves are falling in Urban Potager...
Fall leaves in Urban Potager…

We searched for 2 years to find a home that would fit all our needs. We purchased a house that needed a lot of work, but it had the location, space and provide most of our needs…The former owners wanted to move on, and they did not want to fix this place up…..they had not made any changes to this home in 30+ years, so it was not selling because people could not see beyond some of its foibles( all the 60’s decorating trend!)…we saw what it could be for our family and it  did not need to be perfect..

Fall marigolds, Swiss Chard, Blue Scotch Kale, Red Russian Kale, and White Kale
Fall marigolds, Swiss Chard, Blue Scotch Kale, Red Russian Kale, and White Kale

When we first moved to this neighborhood. I started looking at the yard and wanted to change a lot of things. I know I was a bit of a fish out of the water. Most of our neighbors did not spend time outside or work in their yard. Over the years, due to health reasons, I began working to grow more food on this simple urban lot. I started sharing my adventures on blogger and found there were others out there in the world that were interested and felt the same way I did about growing food, feeding pollinators and needed to change the way they looked at their urban property….

Succession Planting of Fall Lettuce, Arugula, Mustard, and carrots...
Succession Planting of Fall Lettuce, Arugula, Mustard, and carrots…

I found through blogging that I was not alone! There were people out there in different places all over the world that felt the deep passion for growing food, flowers, and herbs on city lots. I also found that we all could learn from one another. In the 3 block area that I live I am one of the few people to grow food…there are some that may have a tomato plant in the backyard, but not to the extent that I am growing food. You can feel that you are a bit of an odd duck when you are outside working for hours in your urban potager….or urban farm.

Fall lemon grape Tomatoes and Genovese Basil...
Fall lemon grape Tomatoes and Genovese Basil…

 I switched to word press this year, and I have found community outside of my own neighborhood…how neat is that to see others that share the same goals…

Jimmy Nardello Peppers grown from seed saved in 2012
Jimmy Nardello Peppers grown from seed saved in 2012

I enjoy reading about how others grow food where they are in the world. It is not about being exactly alike. Some people have a lot of lands, some have minimal land, some have a farm where they raise all their food, but I don’t feel we have to be exactly alike, we can learn from each other…isisn’t that what life is all about? …..community is not just where you are but ALSO where your heart is ….: shared passions…we learn from one another….and grow….