A Concrete Jungle

I live in the city.
I am a farmer at heart.
I must garden.
I have no earth.
What-to-do-What-to-do?
Why, import soil, build boxes, put legs on them, roll them around, fill them with plants, spray them for pests, feed them for health, pick them for lunch, and love them to death. 
Literally…

They will be sacrificed. 

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Elevated trugs made of cedar planks with rolling castors are
holding my farm high above the concrete in the front courtyard.

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We are already harvesting cucumbers.

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Young Eggplant.

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Roma Tomato
(One of three cultivators I grow)




  • Mari Collier - Congratulations. The plants look great. I’ve discovered that no matter how high the container the rabbits and certain ground rodents can still access the greens. If they don’t get the fruit, the birds will. I’m not fighting it anymore. Of course, I don’t live on concrete, I live on sand.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Living on sand is as challenging as concrete- but whatever we gardeners can overcome just makes us stronger Mari! I fight with hornworms on a daily basis. Eeeegads. they’re awful slimy pests. And no ground rodents here as we have three fuzzy butts that stand guard. I mean the cats.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Great post, urban farmer. Delectable photos, too!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I never thought I’d be an URBAN gardener but there you go! One of life’s funny little twists. I only hope there aren’t too many more twists around the corner. HahahahaReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - That is a great looking garden. I’m jealous!ReplyCancel

  • afterthekidsleave.com - Glorious! What a great idea! We actually do have a garden, but I can’t get to it at the moment because we’re in the middle of a construction project. Soon….
    K.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Ah yes- been there- done that. I hope you share some of those construction projects with us- and a large gorgeous garden- eventually. Good luck with all of it. If your experience is anything like one of mine have been- you’ll need it. LOLReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - Ooo, I love your ingeniousness! I have a terribly neglect yard…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I found those trugs on-line at Gardeners Supply Co. I think I linked it? But I’ll take what ever credit anyone will throw my way. Thanks for stopping by Nat!ReplyCancel

  • Terrye - That is so cool! I had a great garden in North Dakota but had to move. I’ve attempted to start 2 gardens this year here in Arizona and the wildlife is against me. The first were the rabbits, so I put fencing around it. Then the birds dropped by to eat all the seeds. *sigh* So much for fresh cucs, peppers, lettuce, and beans. πŸ™ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - wow…you have 2 green thumbs, girl πŸ™‚

    Awesome creation!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Nice! We have the opposite problem. We live in the middle of the woods. A small clearing to grow things in the yard, but the woodland creatures promptly eat everything.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It’s always something isn’t it? Too much. Too little. Sometimes ya just gotta go for it girl! And add a fence! Hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - What the heck! I am jealous. We just recently planted the tomatoes. I am shocked at your growth already, but then I realize you live in the south. All the plants are so healthy too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Love your reply- I can hear you voice (i love that). Yes, we are in a southern clime and I am gifted with the green thumbs- and toes. Your jealousy is accepted with pleasure. xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Julie DeNeen - Oh I can’t wait to eat cucumbers right off the vine. So yummy!!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I love fresh just picked cuc’s! Tossed with a little balsamic vinegar and seal salt/pepper… OMG! Have a great weekend Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Molley Mills - Nice job! I have strawberries and herbs and some pretty pansies πŸ™‚ does that count?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh yes. EVERYTHING counts!!!! I love strawberries and herbs- I grow both and sometimes even flavor freshly sliced strawberries with mint and ice cream! Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • mikerobbers - Excellent idea and the outcome looks just perfect. Yes, there are times that I feel exactly the way you describe in your first sentences of your post. Enjoy your fresh, organic veggies!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It really is a good idea- especially for us city folk. But it’s not original (darn it I’d be rich) I found these on-line (link on word ‘trugs’) and they ARE fabulous. Thanks for stopping by Mike! HAve a great holiday!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - That’s going to keep you busy all summer!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - Busy eating my friend. Busy eating.ReplyCancel

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