In 2009, a group of Planners working for Provo City decided to transform the underutilized planting beds on the south side of the city campus into a flourishing urban garden. The garden is now in its sixth year. Volunteering their time, the planners have able to grow and donate over 2000 lbs of fresh produce to a local food bank.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Successes and Failures
Last year, we didn't plant any real cold weather crops but this year we thought we would give it a try. We planted cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts in hopes we would get some more variety in our harvest. A few weeks ago, we noticed something on our cabbage and brussel sprouts that turned out to be aphids. We sprayed them, they died, they came back, and we repeated our process. Our plants were big and tightly spaced, so much to the point that we couldn't seem to treat all of the plants like we needed to. We were able to salvage the cabbage, managing to keep the aphids off of the heads and keeping the leaves drenched in insecticidal soap. The brussel sprouts were a different story. Today, we cut the cabbage, and pulled all of the sprouts and had to throw them away. Fortunately, we saved 5 large heads of non-infested cabbage, which increased our harvest total another 14 pounds.