Regular readers of this blog (yes, both of you) will remember that back in late February I found something interesting on and in a box of Triscuit crackers: an invitation to join the “home farming movement” and some seed to get started.
See that post here.
Anyway, I accepted the invite and planted what was represented as several basil seeds sandwiched between two pieces of paperboard inside the box.
I divided those seeds between two pots, set them in the kitchen window and waited while keeping them watered.
Sure enough, a couple of green shoots popped through the soil-less mix in one pot after a week or two., while nothing sprouted in the other. Ok, fine. Anything you get from a box of crackers other than crackers is a bonus, I figured. Two shoots were better than any prize I ever got in from Cracker Jacks.
Except there was something funny about the plants. They didn’t look like basil.
“They look like tomatoes,” Roxie said.
And maybe that’s what they were. Four and a half weeks later, those spindly things are only a couple of inches high so we’ll have to see.
Meantime, they share the pot with a couple of other tiny sprouts (probably the basil) whose tops aren’t much bigger than BBs. Click on the pic below and you just might see the cows on our home farm.
Once again, not complaining. Plus, the Triscuit folks are to be commended for promoting vegetable gardening in the supermarket aisles.
Headquartered in Detroit, Urban Farming began in 2005 with three vegetable gardens. Motown has acres and acres of vacant land, as you’ve probably heard, thanks to generations of white flight and later outmigration by minorities affluent enough to escape the crime and blight of the inner city.
As for those left behind? Turns out gardening is a great reuse for the vacant lots that are in abundance in Detroit and elsewhere, according to the group’s website:
” In just four and a half growing seasons, Urban Farming has now expanded into thirty cities across the country and abroad with the equivalent of over eight hundred gardens based off of a twenty by twenty foot garden size…
“The Urban Farming vision is global and our mission is to end hunger in our generation by planting food on unused land and space for people in need and empowering suffering communities.”
St. Louis is the only Missouri city with direct ties to the upper-case Urban Farming movement (while no Kansas towns are listed). Bbut lower-case urban farming is catching on here big time in Kansas City, too.
In an upcoming post, Roxie and I will write more about that and area community gardening endeavors.
And on a recent Ellen Degeneres show, Urban Farming’s founder, Taja Sevelle, discusses the movement and shows Ellen how to plant something or other. (I’m not sure what– I don’t think they ever say.)
Posted by: Mike