The Potager

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Birds Eye View

Several privet hedges later, behold an attempt at creating a potager from scratch (including a secret garden).  The view from an upstairs window at the farm provides a birds eye view of the potager.  Within the inner privet hedge there are several large raised beds that make weeding an exhausting affair.  We have blackberry, raspberry and asparagus beds at each end of the garden while herbs and roses are planted in the larger raised beds.

While not a secret at all in its infancy, there is a second wall of privet hedge that will eventually be my secret garden. A place to go read a book or a take a nap. The privet hedging has survived two brutal winters in Wisconsin so I am hopeful it will continue to grow and support the design I am working toward.

The Secret Garden Pond

The Secret Garden Pond

We have two ponds in the garden.  Central to the potager is a circular pond surrounded by several catmint plants that appear to thoroughly enjoy the location.  Aside from throwing in some lilies and a barley ball thats the extent of the pond activities.  We have attracted some frogs to the pond along with our German Wirehair who enjoys taking a bath in the summer. Access to the Secret Garden will be (eventually) through an old door from the potager and will consist of a long walk (relatively) along the rear of the potager and into what will be a sitting area with pond and perennial garden. We have the pond installed….but that is about it so far! Last year I planted another row of privet (not included in the photo below) in order to obtain a little more privacy.

Potager Pond

Potager Pond

Back in the potager we are somewhat limited to what we can plant as we are not always at the farm to water and weed. In the short term I have planted herbs and roses and will continue to add cutting flowers and perennials to the beds.  Pesky weeds are a constant battle!  There is never enough time during the weekend to weed, plant, nourish and cut grass but its a high-class problem  and I’ll quit complaining.

We have had our losses too. In front of the potager was the original site of our “United Nations Orchard”. Sadly all our baby fruit trees were unable to take the brutal winters we have recently endured. We will replant and make every effort to ready them for winter.

Potager Entrance

Potager Entrance

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Urban Dirt Farm is Back Online

Its been a while…..but we are back!  We look forward to sharing our latest news with you.

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Urban Dirt Farmhouse

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Its a jungle out there……

I am referring to our inherited strangled and tangled mess of borders that are around the house.  They were in the sort of shape where you walk into the house and a small part of you cringes at the sight of them.   They got ripped out with the John D.  Enough was enough.  We had the best of intentions, thinking a little shoveling wouldn’t hurt us…….  Wait! There is More!

Two Cowboys…..

Shane and Travis

Two cowboys, two brothers, two gates and two new pieces of equipment. 

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The United Nations of Orchards….kinda…

The United Nations of Apples

or maybe a small elitist group that breaks away from the United Nations thinking they are better than anyone else.  

The following countries are represented in our new Urban Dirt Farm orchard; Holland, Russia, England, USA, Germany, Canada and Ireland with the oldest at 1700 and the youngest at 1920.  We are bloody exhausted.  Twelve apple trees, eighteen blackberries, twenty asparagus and two rhubarb plants later, we are dirty, tired and feeling like we accomplished something. 

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Seedlings Book Worms

Beautiful Books

For those of you who call yourself true Seedlings……a child of the earth, who cares about animals and flowers and helps parents in the garden then there are certain books that if you have not read them yet……then you MUST.  YOU MUST! 

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Its a Sign…..

Its a Bloody Big Sign

and what a wonderful sign it is.  Painted on an old door we found behind the garage at the farm house we had a fabulous local artist paint it with our new Urban Dirt Farm logo that Michele designed for us (see Excellent Designer link).  We lack the talent to do these things.  It will reside at the entrance of the farm on a fence that is yet to be built. 

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Been snowing, been frozen

Been studying, been working, been travelling, been lazy, been drunk………..and that’s all the excuses I am willing to provide for my lack of doing anything at UrbanDirtGarden.  Spring giddiness allowed me to turn over and weed the garden and put the potatoes into the cold frames yesterday. 

I even got a sun burn watching Lucy play soccer.  And then this morning…….oh yes, it bloody well snowed again and here I be, on the airplane, 45 minutes delayed trying to set off to work this morning.

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“Sod Off” said the garden

Buried deep

covered in snow, the coldframes heaving with the latest snow fall.  I’d brushed them off yesterday and figured I’d better finish the job before the temperatures plunged into the single digits.

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When the world looks….

like this, and you’ve been stuck at two different airports in one week,  you must pay attention for it is natures way of telling you to hunker down, drink lots of gin and eat some comfort food. 

Chicago's first snow fall

Comfort food is a necessary ingredient in life to prevent you from going mad.  And we don’t have to kill ourselves to stay skinny, for skinny people are miserable bitches and those of us with a little plumptiousness are jolly and fun to be around.  Wait! There is More!

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