I haven’t been great with writing things down when it comes to keeping track of what happens in the garden. As a result, each season feels new, not just because another year has passed, but also because I feel like I haven’t retained the knowledge from previous growing seasons as well as I should have.
Beginning with Raised Garden Beds
My husband and I have lived in this house for almost 8 years now. We knew when we put an offer on the house that we wanted to transform the backyard into a space that could support a vegetable garden, fruit trees and anything else we could think of that could either be used as food or medicine. We started by building a few raised planting beds and getting a couple of fruit trees into the ground. With our busy schedules we haven’t always had the time to fully plan out and execute on our big garden plans every season, but we do what we have time to do and along the way, have figured out a few things to make things easier (like installing a easy drip system, because hand watering every day just isn’t realistic!)
Documenting the Gardening Process
Each season I try to grow new varieties of things, experiment with what will or won’t work in this 9b zone of Los Angeles, and try to stay consistent with the maintenance of it all (pruning, feeding, bug searching). I’m definitely not an expert, and the one thing I wish I had done throughout the last few years of gardening was document everything.There are definitely things I’ve grown from seed that I completely forget about until I sift through my seed collection and think, “Oh yeah, I totally grew that 5 years ago.” I get annoyed at myself when I order seeds for a very specific variety, only to realize that I already have those seeds. So this blog, Urban Valley Farm, is about me getting better at documenting the highs and lows of our backyard gardening story. At the very least, I’d like for this to be a way for me to keep track of what I’ve learned and hopefully meet other urban “farmers” along the way. There are also a bunch of backyard improvement projects that I’ve been wanting to work on, so I’ll be sharing those here with you!