October 2015: Eureka!, Fall Pruning, and October Recipes!



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Urban Plantations News:

UP is pleased to participate in the brand new Eureka! exhibit at the New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego! In celebration of California’s agricultural prominence, we designed a new garden that highlights edible crops grown from northern to southern California “Along The 5,” from Siskiyou to San Diego counties. Did you know California grows most of America’s celery, garlic, artichoke, and peppers?

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The rest of Eureka! “…features new art installations created by local, regional and national artists… Additionally, the Museum will develop art workshops, educational programs and lesson plans to complement each new Eureka! installation.”


What’s Fresh:

Our harvest logs lately contain the end of the summer crops: corn, peppers, squash, eggplant, and the final tomatoes. October harvest usually is heavy with squash and pumpkins.

What does one do with pounds and pounds of pumpkin? Smitten Kitchen has a squash/pumpkin recipe for any craving or skill level: black bean pumpkin soup, muffins, pepita brittle, and classic pumpkin pie.

What we’re planting this fall: broccoli, cabbage, kale plants and seeds of lettuce, carrots and beets. These crops thrive as the days get shorter and the air cools


We’re excited to report that agricultural social feed Seedstock wrote an article about Urban Plantations! Author Trish Popovitch describes UP as a “small company of 11 continues to grow while providing jobs and quality organic food to residents in the San Diego area.” Find the full article here.

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Garden Tips:


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There is still time to prune your deciduous (not citrus) fruit trees before winter dormancy. The benefits of pruning include:

  • controlling shape/size
  • maintaining structural strength
  • ridding the tree of dead, damaged or diseased branches

The California Rare Fruit Growers have an in-depth guide to pruning basics.

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National News:

A federal court has overturned the EPA’s approval of a pesticide. “Sulfoxaflor” (sold under names: Closer, Transform) kills insects on crops like strawberries, tomatoes and cotton. Unfortunately, it also kills bees. The court alleges that the EPA knew of this and approved it anyway, with some restrictions.

Bees are essential to pollinate important crops and in recent years have been dying at alarming rates,” says Judge Mary M. Schroeder. Finally, a small victory for the bees!
In other news, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering naming the rusty-patched bumblebee an endangered species. Take Part’s article describes the decline of the bumblebee, its complete disappearance in Canada and the fight to save it here in the US.

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Coming Up:

Suzie’s Farm
Pumpkin-Palooza!

October 17th, 10am-3pm

Come visit Suzie’s Farm for this family-friendly festival and to pick your very own Halloween pumpkin!

Event involves: farm tour, face painting, a pumpkin carving station, local food & a ladybug release!

This is a working farm- shoes and long pants are advised! Admission is free.


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Stan Herd’s latest “earthwork” is a reimagining of Van Gogh’s “Olive Trees”. The 1.2 acre project consists of living plants and was commissioned by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. (Source: Colossal)