Events from DC’s Field to Fork

This month’s DC Field to Fork newsletter just came in and there are plenty of fun urban gardener events to attend.

Events

Thurs, Jun 3 & Sat, Jun 5
Invasive Plant Lecture and Field Workshop: Learn to identify and combat invasive plants, free.

Sat, Jun 5
22nd Annual Clean The Chesapeake Bay, for 3 hours join volunteers all over the Chesapeake, free.

Mon, Jun 7
DC Green Drinks at 1905 Restaurant featuring Clean Currents, 630pm, free.

Sat, Jun 12
Nerd Nite at DC9: presentations on mad science, wall street gremlins, and sexy apes. All proceeds benefit the Washington Youth Garden, $10.

Sat – Sun, Jun 12 – 13
Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor. $60-70.

Fri, Jun 18
The Chesapeake Urban Farming Summit: One day summit featuring keynotes and breakout sessions. $75.

Sat, Jun 19
DC Crop Mob: Volunteer on a Farm with Friends. Free and their are carpool rides to Middleburg, VA.

Sat, Jun 26
Common Good’s Growing Herbs in Your Garden. Donation or free, register early!

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photo from the DC Field to Work Network website

A Victory Garden for Zero Waste

I Shall Fight to Stay Alive by Hamed Saber on Flickr
I Shall Fight to Stay Alive by Hamed Saber on Flickr

Sometimes you just have to walk the walk. I say I’m about zero waste and local food, but really I’m a city boy and I know just a little about farming. So this city boy is hitting the dirt.

Yesterday at dusk I started planting my garden and didn’t stop until my back hurt. I really had no idea what I was doing. But, I did have two aces in the hole. The first was a quick iPhone google search to learn how far apart to space the plants (I just ignored the other sun/water advice). The second was a Saturday morning spent volunteering with the Laguna Canyon Foundation. We worked in the Aliso Viejo Wildnerness Park clearing up space for some butterflies. My job was to plant some bushes for those butterflies and I had a whole range of folks giving me tips (UC Irvine Professor, Park Ranger, Retired Park Volunteer who knew everyone/everything).

The biggest tip they gave me was to dig a hole and then pour some water in it. Let it settle a bit and then plant the little guy. In our arid climate the land is always dry so its best to help the plants out.

With that knowledge in hand I began digging. The sun was going down but soon my parents joined me and began working in the backyard too. I had podcasts playing in the background (Marketplace and Buzz Out Loud) and the dogs were circling. Not exactly a farmer’s life but it was still very serene.

my victory garden (tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuce)
my victory garden (tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuce)

Room was made for two types of tomatoes, Early Bird and Sweet 100. Next was my purple ‘ruffle’ basil which my iPhone told me was great to place in between tomatoe plants. Then came a sweet banana pepper and finally two rows of lettuce (3×3) (see pic for final placement).

These plants were actually really cheap. We went to a local gardening shop too, even though Home Depot was closer. I think the total price for all the mentioned above was $7 with the four vegetable plants at $1.29 each and the herb at $1.59. I still can’t believe they were so cheap!

With them all planted I watered them “light but thoroughly” as recommended by the top gardener at the shop. Then, just for luck, I had my mom and pups sit down and say a little prayer/blessing for my new little babies. If that luck cashes in I will soon have a bountiful harvest and some tasty treats to devour!