urban gardening | kansas city


May 2016

Episode 14: The Ivanhoe Garden and Farmers’ Market


We visited the thriving Ivanhoe Neighborhood in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri. It is a busy place during the garden growing seasons. Spring, Summer and Fall- there is always something going on, in part thanks to the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City.  With their help and the efforts of the neighbors, Ivanhoe is turning vacant lots into gardens and a parking lot into a weekly market.

Episode 13: Summer Planting Part 2: Planting the Garden


With the garden loaded up with nutrients we are ready to set the Summer plants and seeds into the ground.  A garden plot this small takes a bit of planning and execution to fit them all in. What plants go where and in what order is key to being sure that they can all live and grow in harmony. This takes some time and effort but in just a few weeks it will all begin to payoff. So, this is Part 2 of our Summer planting day.

Thanks for watching, Laurie and Mike.

Episode 12: Summer Planting Part 1: Feeding the Garden


This is going to be a very busy day.  Having cleared out the garden of the Spring crops as well the recent trips to gather fertilizer, and plants – things now are all set.  All the Vegetable plants and seeds for the Summer season are going in. However, before anything gets set into the ground the garden soil needs to be tended to. This is Part 1 of Summer Planting: Feeding The Garden.

Episode 11: Kansas City Community Gardens


With the garden cleared of the Spring plants we now need to collect the starters and seeds for the crops that will be planted for the Summer. So, a trip out to Kansas City Community Gardens is in order.  KCCG is one of only a few gardening organizations in the country with a mission of helping home, community and school gardeners through education, resources and support.  They help people all over town grow food for themselves whether it be in a backyard, vacant lot or schoolyard.  So, join us for a not-so-faraway road trip to pick-up the summer plants.  Here we go!


Episode 10: Lettuce Clipping

We take a brief trip out to Missouri Organics for some compost and quickly get back to the garden. These next few days are going to be very, very busy. We will be transitioning the garden from the Spring crops into the Summer plantings. First, however we have to harvest all the beautiful fresh lettuce that has grown throughout the Spring.  Low calorie and rich in vitamins and minerals, lettuce is a one of the stars of the vegetable garden.  Salads will be plentiful in our diet in the coming days, and we will also be sharing a lot of it.

Thanks, Laurie and Mike

Episode 9: Quinoa and Radish Salad


We just harvested enough radishes to fill a streetcar and conviently Mothers Day is upon us. With brunch on the way Laurie decided a fresh quinoa radish salad is the right call. A simple and quick to-make dish that is seasonal and healthy.  The silky texture of the grain blended with the soft pepper flavor of the radish and the tart sensation of lemons deliver a complex yet no-non-sense side dish, appropriate for a celebration of everyones’ Mom.

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