I’m proud to be a city gardener! While there are many struggles – squash beetles, aphids, drainage, and more – I am lucky to have a patch of food and flowers behind my city rowhouse. When I moved to the city in 2015, I knew I needed to continue to nurture my connection and relationship to land and the earth.
Since April 2016, we’ve lived in a rented end-unit rowhouse in South Baltimore. When we moved in, our landlord offered to create a parking pad (like everyone else’s) for us in lieu of the then empty and desolate garden bed, but we adamantly said no. The world doesn’t need more pavement, but it does need more green! What was once just a chunk of dried dirt with a rat’s nest is now a functional green garden grown with a lot of help from Jake and many friends.
We compost in a big yellow tumbler, nurse urban fruit trees, and cultivate a garden dense with herbs, food crops, and pollinator friendly plants. I rotate crops March – January and trellis hops, grapes, and peas over our built-in clothesline rack. I use organic practices – no pesticides, herbicides, or Miracle Gro. Even though I sometimes fail, I learn from each plant, and successes are that much sweeter.
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