Hello from the brand new FarmTina spot! Holycrapimsoexcited.
It's been a long process, but I've successfully moved the location of FarmTina from a paved back alley in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn where I lived for 2 years, to an almost-real-backyard 20 minutes north in Bushwick, Brooklyn to another rental apartment.
My new yard is "almost real" because although it is still a tiny space surrounded by tall buildings, the yard is only halfway paved. Which means the other half is SOIL! True earthy soil, where I can plant my garden directly in the ground! This is mind blowing.
Next season I'll continue to explore container gardening in my city space, but I'll also be learning old fashioned in-ground gardening for the first time. I'm very excited! Read on for photos of the new space...
So how do you move an entire farm? Well, it helped that everything was in pots to begin with. I started by borrowing a van and filling the back with the easy stuff: small pots of herbs, gardening materials, and a box full of my fertilizers and compost teas.
The bigger stuff was more tricky. Since it was almost the end of the season when I moved (I did need to cut some of my plants off about one month earlier than I would've liked to), I was able to actually empty out many of my growing bins for transport. I filled trash bags with soil to bring it to the new space, which was much lighter than transporting it all in the giant tubs where I was growing corn and tomatoes and watermelon.
Then there was my compost pile. I actually dug up all the material in the pile, in varying stages of decomposition, and transported it in the van in bags. It was a very proud moment when I discovered that all the compost, right down to the bottom of the pile, smelled like healthy nutrient-rich dirt and not like a pile of rotting food garbage. My compost is healthy!
I did have to prioritize, and I left some things in the yard and gave away some other stuff. Don't be sad... we didn't really need that apple tree, and there was no way to transport it now that it had grown so big in the container. We'll be fine without an apple tree, really we will. We'll be fine... sniff...
Here's the view from my new kitchen, out into the new back yard:
Ah, the beauty of the Brooklyn yard. There's barely any grafitti, and the fence is ALMOST structurally sound! Lucky me! As you can see, I have filled the space with my pots and supplies and am in the process of organizing. Those brown squares are my compost tower.
And of course, the best part: the soil! Those 2 raised beds were already in the yard when I moved in. very cool, eh? I'll be testing the soil of course before I plant anything there, and if I need to replace it with cleaner soil, no big deal.
I want to block off that back fence/brick "wall" with a forest of sunflowers, and I'm going to plant my perrenial flowers and leafy plants as a border around the whole yard. I'll reserve the raised beds for my edibles, where I'll be able to control the nutrients in the soil easier.
I'm looking forward to a new adventure. Oh, and did I mention why I moved in the first place? I'm now living with these two crazies...
That's Michael and Enzo, my new family. I'll finally have some help around the farm-- picture Enzo wearing overalls and a straw hat, and Mike pollinating my corn. (wink)