Out in the Grow Indie Test Garden

April 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Well, it’s been a while but we’ve been busy getting the Grow Indie Test garden ready and planted, and we’re super excited about it. It’s all part of the master plan—Grow Indie will be debuting a brand new site this summer, including seed reviews and grow guides for the diy grower, urban dweller, suburban homesteader, country peep, you name it.

So, we are planting, growing, reviewing and photographing more than 300 types of heirloom, organic, non-gmo, and hybrid seeds for the 2010 season. Quite an undertaking, but we are delirious with getting the chance to grow so many varieties of vegetables this year.

Peaceful Valley Tendergreen Mustard starts

We’re planting on two half acres at the beautiful Kutztown University Heritage Center, and it’s the perfect partnership—-we get to use their space to grow and research and harvest our Test Garden, and they get to benefit from having educational programs and fundraisers to raise awareness of heirloom vegetables and homesteading. We are also planting an heirloom pumpkin patch for the Center this year as part of their Harvest Fescht featuring more than 30 types of heirloom pumpkins and winter squash.

The Center is a beautiful space, celebrating Pennsylvania German culture, complete with an original one-room school house, a stone home and barn from the 1800’s, and  chickens (!), like this one, who was checking me out yesterday:

We already have some lettuce coming up, along with radishes, mustard greens, lots of onions (from seed and transplants), broccoli raab, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, and more.

So, stay tuned…lots of fun stuff in the works.


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