I have some exciting/scary news: I'm in the process of MOVING FarmTina.
Here's a little peek at the almost-clean paved alleyway that was my garden for 2 years. I'm moving everything over to my new home, another neighborhood in Brooklyn, where I have... wait for it... wait for it... A BACK YARD WITH SOIL. Soil! Real land!
I'll now be planting directly in the ground, but still doing some container gardening along the edges. This new space is smaller than my previous pavement paradise, and I know I'll have a new set of problems to solve and mistakes to make. There are also some problems I won't have any more, such as when I stupidly planted my edamame in metal buckets that heated up to become burning ovens during the heatwave. No more metal buckets!
The toughest part so far has been moving my compost pile. I spent a few hours shoveling it all into massive unsealed plastic bags as seen in the photo above (compost lets off gases that need to be released), and I put the 5 bags in the back of my borrowed 1995 Dodge Caravan. Use your imagination to understand what it's like driving a van filled with every level of composting food waste. Then imagine the kinds of bugs that crawled out of those bags and onto the walls of the van while I was driving. And then imagine my dog having a field day eating them all off the carpeted walls. (Also, imagine how I was driving a 1995 Dodge Caravan that STILL RUNS PERFECTLY.)
So in an attempt to keep as many of my plants still producing until the end of the season, I have buckets of eggplant and peas and beans and brussels sprouts just sitting on top of my new soil back yard. This is going to be a fun transition, and a good challenge to keep the garden active in the meantime.
FarmTina Two is almost ready to be revealed!