Jamaican Urban Organic Farming #2: Small Crops

2016090Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Planting Pumpkins
My pumkins are the unruly fellows in my garden. I have to keep a close watch because they can get out of hand.

Bitten By The Organic Farming Bug

I started a new hobby recently, urban organic farming. There was this urge to add flowering plants to my yard, along with the palms that I had planted over two years before. Now, I have not only added the usual garden plants, but some small crops as well. I am starting off with containers of any kind, while I am preparing my garden space.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Crops

Container gardening is a better alternative for people with little to no yard space.

Flowering Plants

As you can see, I have a few varieties in my garden, but my yard space was just looking too green, it needed some colour.

 

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

I love watching this portulaca plant open its bloom every morning. Quite relaxing.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

This leaf of life type plant has been holing up since July in my garden.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

Keeping them mostly in the shade, because we are experiencing high temperatures in Jamaica and I don’t wanna kill em off.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

I got this coleus from Hi Pro. I have sensed used the pruned sections to start some baby plants.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

It took about three weeks for these plants to act they are in the land of the living. They were pruned from bigger shots and what a shock it was for them.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

It took about three weeks for these plants to act they are in the land of the living. They were pruned from bigger shots and what a shock it was for them.

Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Small Flowers

I have to attribute these guys to the bees…pollinated from my neighbors garden. They just sprung up in my garden.

As you can see these plants seemed to handle the sun and tropical climate really well, but I wanted to do more in my urban organic farm.

Organic Farming

I have decided to plant only that which I eat. This includes: pepper, scallion, garlic, pumpkin, melon, onion and thyme. While some are self sufficient, others require my constant attention and rescue.

2016090Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Planting scallions

Here you can see my the scallions before they were transplanted.

2016090Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Planting Pumpkins

My pumkins are the unruly fellows in my garden. I have to keep a close watch because they can get out of hand.

2016090Jamaican Urban Organic Farming: Planting garlics

Here you can see my garlic in a container and the scallions transplanted.

Urban Farming

There is no excuse not to plant your own foods and practice urban organic farming. Even if you live in a small apartment, so long as you have a window, sunlight, water and a small container you can plant and produce basic season in for your meat and vegetables as well.

So come back often, because I will be providing updates of my Jamaican Urban Organic Farming experience.

Lata.

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