Week 11: Is Your Broccoli Wholy? Is Your Lettuce Bolting? Does your Garlic Have a Curlicue?

This week we look at racial justice in the food system, watering schedules and tips, dealing with pests that effect plants in the cabbage family, harvesting garlic scapes, and some things to make with what's being harvested from the garden now.

Racial Justice in the Food System

We would like to start off by acknowledging our present moment. As protests against police brutality and the movement for black lives reverberate around the country and world, they intersect with the ongoing pandemic in unpredictable and unjust ways. We would like to make a connection between the work you have done in your garden this season and the anti-racist work we all can do to heal our communities and bring justice. If you are interested in engaging with the movement happening around us, but don’t know that to do, we would like to invite you to consider how the passions you already have for growing and working the land are connected to racial justice work.

Perhaps your calling is addressing climate change; environmental destruction is inextricably linked to racial injustice when one starts to understand the ins and outs of environmental racism. The convergences of the environmental movement and Black Lives Matter is illustrated in this article. Perhaps you garden because you want to feed people and yourself better, well this short article explains how there can be no food justice without racial justice. Many believe gardens are a form of liberation from a food system that perpetuates racial and economic disparity and is rooted in the legacy of slavery, such as this community in DC.  Or perhaps you are a gardening policy wonk interested in local government, there is inspiration for you too.

There is no need to be paralyzed if you are looking to engage. Consider the strengths and skills you already have that can be put towards the changes you care about. It’s something we are trying on for size and wanted to share will you all. 

Succession Planting

A reminder that you will need to plant crops like lettuce, cilantro, and arugula every few weeks if you want to always have some you can pick all summer and fall. Their life cycle is fast and especially when the weather gets hot they can go to seed more quickly than other crops.

Planting these crops every 3 weeks can keep you in greens all season long!