A while back I blogged a video I found on Youtube of this guy in the Sacramento area planting his carrots in 5 gallon buckets. After a fairly successful year with my mutli-color carrots I obviously wanted to grow them again but I wanted to grow more with very little space to do it in. The buckets seemed like the answer to my problems.
Today I transferred the first batch of carrot seedlings from the greenhouse to buckets. First I took two 5 gallon buckets I used last year for some tomato plants and filled them with new planting soil.
I then took the carrot seedlings that were the biggest from the greenhouse. These happened to be the “Carnival” variety, a multi-color variety. The purple variety that I planted seems to be slower growing.
I had to separate the seedlings anyway. Last year I didn’t separate them very well and ended up with carrots that grew around eachother. While very romantic and cool looking I wanted to try for more single carrots this year. :-)
I’ll admit the Carnival carrots, while bigger than the purple ones, were probably still not big enough to transplant. I couldn’t wait and I think they’ll be fine. I started by separating each little baby carrot plant and after poking a hole with my finger in the soil I stuck the little baby plants in one by one. I spaced them about 2 inches apart around each circular row. I repeated the process for the second bucket and still had two starter pots left from that batch of Carnival carrots. I will probably need three or four more buckets total to finish the Carnival carrots and Purple carrots when they are big enough to transplant.
I finished by putting the buckets back in to the greenhouse until the carrots get a little bigger.
While I was out doing errands for work today I happened upon a radio talk show that made me love public radio even more. It was an interview with the authors of this book “The Essential Urban Farmer”. The authors are Bay Area urban farming rockstars. And I am excited to read it!
Forest Service Cabins, apparently numbering around 15,000 total in the country, are cabins built on National Forest land. The owners of these cabins are merely “permitted” to have their cabins there. This particular cabin was built in 1939 so…it’s been there a while. Owners only own the cabin, the building itself. They do not own the land around it or even under it oddly enough.
But for $60k in South Lake Tahoe…seriously…I want it!
I have been sketching container homes and cabins in my sketch books for at least two years now and as the desire to have a weekend “cabin” and a studio and storage grows stronger I can’t help but daydream.
Radical Sabbaticals aka Internships at The Beekman
If you haven’t heard of the show “The Beekman Boys”, a chronicle of two fabulous men, their weekend trip that resulted in purchasing a 1800’s mansion in the town of Sharon Springs, NY and their work to turn it back in to a working farm and productive business…you should definitely check it out.
For those who have heard and are fans, did you know you could apply for a two week “internship” to work the farm with the Boys, Farmer John and the goats???