Our oldest participant is 77 and the youngest — just a few days old. Do people need gardening experience to come here?
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No, almost everyone who comes has no clue about gardening, but there is always someone more experienced who is willing to help and guide you through the process. What can you plant here? Everything that grows in Sofia and is permitted by the law laughs. Are there people who grow enough food at Urban Farming to feed themselves? If someone wants to start a garden here, what do they have to do? We strive to run the gardens on the principle of democracy, by voting, expressing our opinions, and exchanging knowledge. There is no leader or manager here — everyone shares equal rights and responsibilities.
So, newcomers are free to choose whatever plot they like, out of the ones we have left. What motivates people to come here? Most just say that they want to grow their own food. A lot of people want to take a break from city life, be it just for an afternoon. As you can see, we are in the city, there are apartment buildings next to our plot, we are easily accessible from the center. Yet it is quiet and beautiful here. You can even look at it as a park that we all take care of. How do you deal with animals and do you use pesticides?
The worst is a flock or partridge, who live in the field near us.
My tomatoes were right behind and were spared laughs. So, if you are going to plant in partridge country, you should use a net to cover your plants. How are you going to develop the garden from now on? We have a few beehives now and will install more. The honey here is amazing!
While I was chatting to Nikola, Kiro and Nikolay joined us. Two typical city dwellers, on their first trip to Urban Farming. They were happy to share what brought them to the gardens and how they are planning to grow in the urban farming world. People just plant stuff and it looks cool. Why are you doing urban farming on a Saturday, instead of having a beer at some park? But I guess it would feel good to make something with my own two hands, to see it grow and then taste the results. And the initiative itself seems pretty interesting as well. I thought that there would be cool people here and now I see that they are mostly young, so I am sure it would be fun.
As I walked around, taking pictures of the gardens, I noticed Tsvety. I had never seen someone digging holes so happily, and I just had to ask her a few questions. How did you find Urban Farming?logardschafat.tk
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On Facebook, last year. He told me more about the gardens and I decide to come see for myself. And now I love it! Fourth, people do not realize that they can build a garden bed directly on top of concrete, stone, or rocky soil.
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Almost anything can grow well in containers, but even a patio, driveway, or walkway can be converted to a productive garden bed by building the soil up as opposed to digging down, which you would not be able to do without a jackhammer. I built two beds on top of my patio, and today, I cannot tell the difference between what is growing on them and what is growing in my soil-based beds.
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Twelve inches of soil is deep enough to grow almost anything. I believe that this really increases the available growing space in cities; so much of our good space is paved over, but it is not longer off-limits to creative gardeners!
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Fifth, try to reuse your resources in the garden. I wash my produce in a bowl or basin, and then dump that water back into the garden.
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It conserves water and saves a small amount of good soil from going down the drain. Then compost your food scraps along with any coffee grounds, newspapers, cardboard, and old plant material. Start a compost pile or buy a tumbler, bin, or worm composter. Check and see whether your city or county provides discounts or free bins for people to compost. Each year you will need to continually add organic matter to your garden soil, and compost is a wonderful source of both organic matter and soil nutrients.
For plant fertilizer, though, do not rely on your own compost: you will need to add some organic fertilizer as well, which is available from your local nursery. Most kinds have a base of manure or seed meal for nitrogen, plus natural sources of phosphorus and potassium, which are all key plant nutrients. Kelp extract makes a great supplemental source for both trace minerals and natural growth boosters.
If one family could grow one type of food in their small space — in order to save money — what would be the most viable option? Curbside corn. Photo courtesy Mike23mcg via Flickr. I would recommend trying something that is both simple and productive. For a survivalist crop, nothing beats potatoes and homegrown potatoes taste great! You would need fields of grain to feed the family, but you can grow a meaningful amount of potatoes in a pretty small space. Spuds pack more calories per square foot of soil than any other crop. They can grow in most climates and in most soils even poor soils.
You can store them for months at a time. You absolutely do not need ground soil to grow potatoes, and even though I have some ground space available, I now grow all my potatoes in containers. So far, all of my container-grown spuds have been completely pest-free and disease-free, so I am able to use the smaller potatoes as seed potatoes for the next crop. Some people grow spuds in garbage cans, stacked tires, wire fencing rolls, and in other unique structures. They are quite prolific and hard to kill, so be creative.
Even if you do not treat the plants well forgetting to water or fertilize as often as you should , you are likely to harvest at least a few pounds per square foot. Do not use a high nitrogen fertilizer, as this will make the plant grow too vigorously at the expense of the roots and tubers the edible part. Most fertilizers for acid plants azaleas, rhododendrons, etc.
Most first-time gardeners want to grow tomatoes. This is another good choice for a first-time crop. Like their spud relatives, tomatoes are amazingly productive in the home garden and they taste far better than anything you can buy in the store.
If you are buying store-bought tomatoes, you can save a lot of money by growing them at home instead. With just plants, you may well have enough tomatoes for the whole family and even some left over for drying, canning, giving away, or selling. Tomatoes will grow well in certain containers, provided that these are large enough to accommodate their root system at least gallons of soil capacity. Where light is limited or in cool summer areas, try the smaller-fruited tomatoes such as cherry, plum, and even Roma tomatoes. You are much more likely to ripen a crop with these than with the giant-fruited varieties.