Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

Iowa Street Garden Update (Early Spring)

When it’s not raining, we’ve been spending a lot of time over at our Iowa Street Garden. We have our raised beds mostly weeded, composted, and planted, but there’s still a lot to do!

We're expanding! Last year Dave grew some sunflowers and tomatoes in this back section of the yard. This photo was taken on March 14.

Last week we dug up the invasive grass that took over and prepared the space for four types of beans. We built these teepee trellises out of bamboo we got for free off Craigslist. We still need to finish them by adding horizontal support.

This slanted bamboo trellis will harbor cucumbers, while providing shade for lettuce we'll plant underneath.

Today we added organic bat guano, gypsum, compost, and rock dust to fertilize and loosen the soil for the beans, then covered with plastic to keep warm and deter weeds.

We prepared a new section for tomatoes and peppers in the same way, with mint and oregano already transplanted in the very front.

We transplanted some tomato plants into one of our raised beds. They were kept outside to harden off, then planted deep (most of the stem is buried) for stability and strength.

This is our beet and garlic bed a week and a half ago. Both were planted last fall. Last week we sowed more beet seeds to fill in the perimeter.

The beet and garlic bed today, March 26.

Last year this was our beet, leek, and spinach bed, and a lot of it over-wintered. We added compost to the bed and planted a spicy salad green mix a couple weeks ago, now emerging in rows.

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2 responses to “Iowa Street Garden Update (Early Spring)

  1. croftgarden March 27, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Bat guano impressive choice of fertiliser!

  2. We Will Work for Food March 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Haaa, well thanks! We get it from Worm’s Way here in STL. We also use Peruvian Seabird Guano 🙂 which is higher in Nitrogen than the bat guano.

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