Last month, Farmscape helped Los Feliz resident Abbie Zands create a raised bed vegetable garden in his parkway. We planted a selection of crops with an eye toward keeping the garden tidy – mostly herbs, peppers, and eggplants. In the following weeks, Abbie tended the plot with his wife and two daughters and it became a gathering point for neighborhood residents walking their dogs or returning from the grocery store. The produce was divvied up between Abbie’s family and neighbors, with neighbors sending along photos and recipes showing how they used the produce to be posted on a newly launched Parkway to Table blog.
The story should have ended there, as another example of home vegetable gardens improving lifestyles and building community. But it didn’t.
The holiday season is here and time is running out to get the gardener on your list the perfect gift. Despite the extra week of shopping preparation, the window is quickly closing. Below is a list that gardeners from novice to expert are sure to love. These are not the novelty items that they will use once every three months, but tools they will find indispensable. All links go to Amazon for the sake of ease, but many of the items can be found at your local nursery!
Farmscape is seeking a part-time urban farmer for coastal Los Angeles south of the 10 freeway. We anticipate the position will grow to full-time work within a year.
Farmscape is an urban farming company in Los Angeles. We set up and tend intensive organic vegetable gardens, providing residents, restaurants and schools with the materials and ongoing support necessary for their garden to flourish. We are turning the city back into a farm one yard at a time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love trees. In fact I adore trees. Oak, Sycamore, Ficus, Juniper, Jacaranda, Magnolia, and of course the glorious Pine. There is no sweeter sound than the breeze through the pines. When that gentle whistle is audible, it is a good signifier that you are in the right place.
Despite my love and respect for all varieties of the stoic giants, I will go to war with their roots, ripping and tearing through them with a ferocious anger. In the urban farming setting trees can be one of my worst combatants. On the simplest level, the shade they throw about can stunt and stifle the best effort to grow food. But underneath the surface is where the creeping beast dwells, waiting to attack and suck the life out of months of work. This is the long reaching and relentless monster of tree roots.
As the heat wave showed its first signs of breaking this week, all around Los Angeles you can finally feel Fall starting to creep in. And with that transition we start to say goodbye to our favorite Summer crops and begin to prepare for the new season.
The Summer of 2012 was a strange one not just here but all over the nation. It led to many crops performing a little worse than they have in the past but that’s the spirit of working in harmony with nature, sometimes she makes it a little harder for you