Wednesday, May 18, 2011

They're here!

Tomatoes are starting to really take off.  The next 6 weeks may be our favorite time of year.  Harvesting after all that hard work is a real treat.  Below are some of our favorite heirlooms.  Sun Gold cherries, and the rare San Marzano plum type.  Sage and Basil signal the start of summer and the last pic is one of our favorite rows, purple garlic flanked by beets on both sides...really pretty.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rain Dance!

With any luck, we might actually get some rain this weekend!  While we do the rain dance, here are some photos of a late spring harvest...carrots, perfect little onions, gypsy peppers and our house favorite...baby artichoke!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Almost Here!

If there is one crop that we spend an inordinate amount of time on, it's tomatoes.  We are enamored by this vegetable just like every body else.  It tastes great and is used in so many dishes,  but the real truth is it's a treat to grow.  Challenges are around every corner for this plant, but if you get it right.....all is well with the world.   There is no other plant that gives us such pride to grow, and we hope you all enjoy this year's harvest of our heirloom varieties,  Sun Gold, San Marzano, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Juliet, Green Zebra, and Lemon Yellow.  The hot temperatures that cause the tomatoes to ripen are also what brings the first the the onion crop.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Beginnings and Endings

This week we see the beginning of summer veggies for central Texas.  Summer squash and snap beans rear their heads from the soil, soaking up as much sun and water as possible.  They know that summer will come quick for us in Austin. 

At the same time, we see the end of our bok choy harvest.  The beautiful flowers bring lots of bees to the plot, pollinating our rows.  They remind us how dependent everything is on each other to survive. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The colors of Spring

Things change so fast in the garden this time of year. If you aren't mindful of your time, you'll spend your gardening days digging and picking, instead of enjoying the ever-changing colors of Spring.  My wife recently made a rule that I think is pretty important this time of year:  "No matter how much work you need to do, stop early, clean up, and enjoy what you have done." 

This week I nabbed some photos of my favorite colors in the garden right now.  Rainbow chard, greens of the Chioggia beet, the perfect contrast of white and green on the Bok Choy leaf, and of course green, blue and brown eggs from the happy hens.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Finally back at it!

After a long and very hard winter, The Urban Owl is finally back in action.  Spring is here and bringing us a whole slew of green goodies to start off the season.  We are also expanding our network of backyard farms and pictured below is our winter effort.  The home owner has proudly named her new plot "Yardbird Farm".  We will be planting an old variety of Japanese Edemame (soybean) for a cover crop and to help condition the soil even further.

This week will be our first delivery week of the season, so get ready for your greens fix!  Pictured below is part of our harvest including Siberian Dwarf Blue Kale, and a great photo showing how we tightly space various greens.  This steel triangle houses dwarf Asian stir fry greens, French mesclun salad mix and our favorite, wild arugula that is super spicy and savory.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Dang it's hot!

It's that time of year when everything seems to slow down, including the crops. Only the hardiest of heat loving plants do well in these triple digit days.  The rest of the crops get stuffed in the compost pile and the beds prepped for Fall with last Fall's compost, full circle. 

I have to admit, we used to hate the Texas Summer, but somewhere between the strangely pleasant sound of Cicada bugs and a trip to the local spring to cool you off, we are reminded there are few places like Austin, and we are proud to call it home:)

Below are pics of some of Summer's finest, peppers and okra.  The okra flower is really pretty if you can brave the heat of the day to view it.  At night it closes itself up and looks almost like the okra pods it will soon become.  Check out these beautiful figs given to us from a good friend.  They went into this salad from Jamie Oliver.  Silly name but unbelievably good!