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Windy City Funny Farm

Location:  Chicago, IL

Day Job:  ZooKeeper (at least thats what it feels like)

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Apples, Basil, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Grapes, Green beans, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Mushrooms, Oregano, Peaches, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Thyme, Tomatoes, chard, rhubarb, winter wheat, kiwi, zuchinni, extensive herb garden

Animals:  Cats, Dogs, co-op beehive, co-op chicken coop off site

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  this is the plan for the new 2011 expanded garden project.....I think that everyone should be more in touch with the food systemand growing your own is a skill that I want to teach my kids regardles of the fact we live on a tiny inner city lot.

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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on September 7th, 2013 at 06:54 pm

    Congrats to you!

  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on September 7th, 2013 at 06:23 pm

    Your shirt matches the scenery really nicely! Voted.

  • Posted by: Wong88 on September 7th, 2013 at 07:27 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on September 7th, 2013 at 07:13 am

    Congratulations on being farmer of the day. Looks like you haven't been around for a while. How's your garden doing?

  • Posted by: Red Hill Hollow on July 24th, 2012 at 04:57 am

    How's your garden doing in 2012?

  • Posted by: countrygirl615 on August 16th, 2011 at 08:05 pm

    wow.. so you're chicago???I was planning a trip there this summer, but never made it... Like you picture!

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  • Posted by: Coralrocks on May 27th, 2011 at 01:12 pm

    Windy City, I start most of my seeds indoors around march. Unfortunately, I didn't get any of the heirloom varieties. I was curious about trying some so I purchased a plant from the nursery "Mr. Stripey". All my seed started plants are out in the garden now. I see you grow herbs. They are a great addition to the garden I just wish I had a better way to preserve them. Any suggestions? Thought about bringing them indoors for the winter so I always have fresh herbs to cook with in the winter.

  • Posted by: Windy City Funny Farm on May 26th, 2011 at 02:38 pm

    I need spring to come and stay for a while so I can
    the rest of the veggies in the ground!!!

  • Posted by: Windy City Funny Farm on March 11th, 2011 at 03:07 pm

    I am slowly getting the raised beds together, still waiting for one company to send the rest of my seeds. As it turns out, a few of the companies I spoke to have been bogged down with more orders than ever before, so I guess there are a lot of us startng out from seed. In the meantime my living room looks like a grow house.

    We finally got the compost bin put together. Living in Chicago I wanted one that was raised off the ground, it cost more than I planned, but it shoud do the job. Loaded all of the winter scraps and last falls leaves.... 100 gallons and it is full already!!

    Now on to find an appropriate rain barrel!

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