Planting a Squash Patch

Squash (zucchini, pumpkins, acorn squash, etc…) and melons love to roam.  Their tendrils stretch far and wide to cover as much space as possible.  Often in urban areas space is limited so they are not as easily grown.  But that is not an issue at the Bakery Lot, one of our growing areas in SW Detroit.

Bakery Lot in March
The Bakery Lot before planting in March

The only problem with the Bakery Lot is that it is a mostly untamed jungle, with lots of crabgrass, bindweed and other undesirables firmly rooted in the heavy clay soil.  While we’ve done a lot of tilling wedding to make it garden-able this year, sometimes the best approach is to smother.  The nice thing about the winding ways of the squash and melons is that they’ll naturally do this once they get big.  In the meantime we’re re-purposing some cardboard and black plastic to do the job for us.

New squash

big view
From left to right back you can see zucchini and yellow crookneck summer squash, melons on the black plastic (it will help to warm up these heat lovers), and some winter squashes (acorn,butternut, pumpkins, etc…)

What is a CSA?

Sun shining on squash planting
Sun shining down on our last cooperative planting day

Community Supported Agriculture is a fantastic way for people who care about local food, sustainable agriculture and revitalizing the local economy to get directly involved in making it a reality. CSA members support the farms by buying seasonal “shares” that provide them with vegetables and other farm products. Members receive boxes of farm fresh goodies every week during the growing season. City Commons is a cooperative urban CSA; the produce you receive is all grown in Detroit at five market gardens located throughout the city. The food you receive each week has been grown using sustainable methods, meaning that we do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.