Greenhouse co-op is blessed with a large yard with strong south sun. Over the past two years the yard has been turned into 1,250 square foot organic vegetable garden.
The Garden is a real and symbolic example of local food cultivation for both the community and for Greenhouse members. This year we have planted heavy on the kale, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and squash. Pockets of watermelon, beans, bell peppers, cucumbers and an herb section heavy on the basil rounds out the garden.
Over the past 2 years 9 cubic yards of dirt has been brought in to supplement the existing soil. Organic fertilizer and compost have been added as well. After hand tilling the 1,250 square foot lot we rowed it up and planted on April 28th. Greenhouse expects to see lettuce by the beginning of June and other vegetables soon to follow.
Greenhouse is excited to announce a collaboration with the student sustainable farm at the University of Illinois. Together we will be building a passive greenhouse on our garden to extend the growing season and to further our understanding of local food growth and cultivation. We plan to execute this collaboration mid to late July.