Over the Fence Urban Farm

Cooperatively farming small patches of Earth in Columbus, OH

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What We’re Growing: 2014


Nancy McKibben, who is writing about us for Edible Columbus‘s summer issue requested a list of what we’re growing this year. We thought our CSA members and others might also be interested.

Since we are treating this like a community kitchen garden, you’ll notice that we have a pretty wide range of things. In the future, we might limit this somewhat depending on what does best and to build on market demand. We made selections based on descriptions of taste and color, pest and disease resistance, and our research on varieties that do well in vertical growing situations.

Here’s what’s coming up in 2014!

Kale: Red Russian and Lacinato “Dinosaur”

Lettuces: Mizuna, Apollo Arugula, Red Sails (heat tolerant), Fresh Heart Romaine

Chard: Rainbow, Silverado

Beet (We’ll selectively harvest greens for salad mix and bulbs later on): Bull’s Blood, Rhonda

Garlic: Chesnok Red

Onion: Red Zeppelin

Sweet Potato: Beauregard

Radish: French Breakfast, Easter Egg

Carrot: Necora

Tomatoes: Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Toronjina, Sweetie, Large Red Cherry, Sakura, Annelise, Gilberte Paste, Juane Flame

Serrano Peppers


Beans: Blue Lake Pole, Christmas Lima

Peas: Oregon Sugar Pod, Green Arrow Shell

Squash: Green and Yellow Zucchini, Red Kuri Winter Squash, Delicata

Flowers: Zinnia, Cosmos, Coneflower, Goldenrod, Dahlia, Sunflower, Daisy, Asters, Bee Balm

Herbs: Borage, Parsley, Cilantro, Sage, Rosemary, Chives


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(CSA) Update

This message was sent to our CSA member this past weekend.
We were taking it (sort of) easy this weekend though those of you following us on Facebook know that doesn’t mean we haven’t been out back working. We got the insect netting up over the greens, radishes, and beets, and planted out about 60 Red Zeppelin onion plants. Rock on!
We had a big week in other ways as well. Wednesday evening, Dan and I were interviewed by a writer from Edible Columbus for an article in the Summer issue due out in June. She’d love to have a chance to chat with some of you to know how and why you got involved in this little venture. She plans to drop by one of our next work days. (See below for more on that).
We also learned that our service learning grant at OSU was approved. This means we’ll be working Kerry Ard and her students in “People, Place, and Environment” on various projects next spring. The grant comes with $1,500 for the farm and we are thrilled about the prospects!
Knowing that Edible Columbus will be sending a photographer soon, we are eager to get a few more big things done around the property next weekend – build our compost system, move some of the sod piles around and out of site, dig a great big hole for an underground cistern, complete laying out and tilling the new beds, install some of our trellising. Join us next Saturday (between 10 and 5) and/or Sunday (noon-6) to help make it happen. Please let us know in advance if you plan to attend and when we might see you. This helps us plan and match activities best with those who’ll be showing up.


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Farm Sweet Home


Cora and I skipped town for a few days before the farm is really up and running for the season. Dan’s taking care of things while we’re away. Naturally, he’s doing great. Still, it’s hard being away. I’m wondering how the seedlings Cora and I transplanted are doing and which seeds are germinating. I’m wishing I had my hands in the soil, though the sand feels pretty good between my toes. We’ll be back soon enough. The apple trees will have (finally) arrived. The compost will still be sitting in the driveway waiting to be moved. The honeysuckle will be begging to be pulled up. The compost bin will be crying to be built. The list of chores will get longer everyday, and it will all be beautiful.