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Life on the super awesome urban farm

WEED REMOVAL, VOL. 1

The enemies are among us. Since we know how to identify the impostors, we can start the business of eradicating them. Reminiscent of Helena on Orphan Black.

There are many different ways to get rid of weeds. Today we’ll talk about one of the more obvious ways- pulling them out of the ground with your hands.

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Here is a weed growing in some rocks. We don’t want it to grow there, so let’s get rid of it.

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When pulling a weed out of the ground, you need to locate its main root, the one that is attaching it to the ground and bankrolling its life.

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Grasp it at the root base firmly, and then finagle it out of the ground. The goal is to get as much of the root as possible.

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Be sure to try to get as much of the roots as possible. If you just get the peripheral leaves and appendages, you are just pruning it, and it can still continue to grow.

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It is sometimes easier to weed without gloves, because you can get a better grip. Weeding by hand is good if you are weeding around other plants, or if you want the plant gone immediately. Its also good if you feel like tearing something to shreds. It does require a bit of time and muscle, but think of it as a good workout.

Weeding by hand is instant gratification. The weed is now gone, and depending on how much of the roots were removed, will not return to pester you again. Don’t worry though. Another one will pop up somewhere to laugh at you soon.

PURSLANE AT THE DRIVEWAY MARKET

Happy Friday, farmer friends! Have we got a treat for you today. A super healthy treat.

America’s hottest superfood is purslane. Like the hipster it is, this weed is invading a farmers market near you. This plant has EVERYTHING- more omega-3 fatty acids than any other veggie, the eicosapentaenoic acid of a fishy, all the vitamins, minerals, and a bunch of antioxidants to keep your body running errands around town in workout clothes. And if that isn’t enough for you, its also classified as a noxious weed.

We had to get our hands on this stuff, so we took 3 steps out our front door, and turned towards the closest market. Only the most fresh and local for us.

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Thank goodness we remembered our reusable bags. We chose to proclaim our Austin-ness with the free SXSW tote bag. We keep it weird by sporting a bag that 50,000 other people also have.

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After a short walk, we arrived at the Driveway Market, which is even closer than the Garden Market. We chose the freshest bunch of purslane we could find that wasn’t flattened by tire tracks, so we could be sure to reap all those good health benefits.

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We filled up our reusable tote with superfood, and headed home.

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Now comes the part of consuming vegetables without juicing them. Enjoy purslane: in a salad with flax chive dressing, with salsa verde and tortillas (everything tastes better with tortillas), in tomato and cucumber salad, and mushed up in pesto.

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Doesn’t get more local than that. Enjoy your super weeds.

 

GREEN BEAN HARVEST

Don’t know about you, but our green bean harvest is out of control this year. We almost needed a ladder to get the ones at the top of the beanstalk.

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Green beans are pretty easy to harvest, but some of them are more attached than others. They will want to come inside when they are ready! #freethebeans

Stay tuned to see how we are preserving this year’s harvest!

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IDENTIFYING WEEDS

Weeding. Not always fun, but ya gotta do it. For some farmers, weeding is therapeutic time. Get out your aggression by pulling stuff out of the ground. For others, its one of those boring chores. Its hot outside, and there are a million weeds, and you couldn’t possibly pick them all. Let us say to both of you types of farmers- don’t let the weeds win! You are bigger than them!

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First, let’s learn how to identify weeds. We ask these questions when trying to decide if something is a weed:

  • Do I want you to grow there?
  • Do I like you?
  • Are you trying to ruin my life?

So let’s go through some examples. We’ll start with an easy one.

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If you said weed, you are right! It’s clearly growing there to spite us, so we would do away with him.

What about these?

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We definitely didn’t plant random spurts of grass in the mulch, so they are weeds and need to die.

These are a little harder.

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Since we remember planting these things in these particular spots, they are not weeds. We like them, and want them to grow there.

One more and you are an expert.

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This is a trick one. Here we have grass (which we want to live) growing into the mulch (which we want to stay just mulch). Those that think they can grow in the mulch must be stopped before they become too powerful.

You have the knowledge now. Seek and destroy.

And if you are opposed to just casting the pulled weeds to the side, you could always make a salad with them.

WELCOME TO THE FARM

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Do you like sharing? We do. You can even have one of these tomatoes. Just one, don’t be greedy.

Welcome to our little farm in the middle of the city. We have lots of plants and flowers, and a garden in the backyard. There is always a farmhouse project or two happening, and something going on in the kitchen. Our farm dog is usually sleeping.

You probably read food or craft blogs already, but ours is going to be super awesome. We may even get a goat soon. So we hope you will follow along as we write our little stories about life on a super awesome urban farm.