Greens. A Powerful Economic Driver of the Urban Farm that Keeps on Giving and Giving – The Urban Farmer – Week 12



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Tips for Selling & Growing Greens

  • If you compromise and give up less yield on the first harvest, then you get more cuts later on.  So he is cutting greens closer to germination.  Short crop, lower yield and more cuts.
  • Harvest when stuff is ready, versus on a set strict schedule.
  • Salanova has proved to be worth the expense.
  • Planting density is an important factor for successfully growing greens and density can vary by bio-region.



Greens growing at one of Curtis's plots.

Greens growing at one of Curtis’s plots.

Kale growing through landscape fabric.

Kale growing through landscape fabric.

Densely planted greens.

Densely planted greens.

Greens growing at Green City Acres.

Greens growing at Green City Acres.

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Curtis Review’s Johnny’s Quick Greens Harvester

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One Curtis’s Most Visible Plots in a Nice Neighborhood.

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3 replies on “Greens. A Powerful Economic Driver of the Urban Farm that Keeps on Giving and Giving – The Urban Farmer – Week 12

  • chris yoder

    I’ll be curious to see how Curtis likes the landscape fabric in several years. It may not be a concern as it relates to soil life as he is pulling up the fabric frequently but I’ve talked to farmers who said that landscape fabric in place for several years really depletes energy in the soil. Intuitively this kind of makes sense as a good bacteria count in the soil is dependent upon oxygen and if the fabric doesn’t breathe (that’s an assumption, maybe it does) that could have an effect on soil life/growing energy in the soil. I think his methodology will work though as he is frequently expsosing the soil to air after a crop is grown.

    • Diego

      Maybe. Just from my anecdotal experience I would say it won’t be a problem. Think about if you have you ever left a sheet of plywood sitting on the ground for a few months and then pulled it up. Tons of soil life and better soil than the surrounding area. No air penetration through it. Only at the edges. The cover keeps the moisture in which allows life to go on. Worm levels under the fabric versus the surrounding soil would probably be a good indicator.

  • Daniel Cortes

    The talk on Salanova is interesting because I am disappointed with my Salanova incised because technically I should be able to do the first cut by July 16 and I must say the Salanova does not look anywhere to becoming ready and today is July 10. This is going by Johnny Seeds calculation of DTM. Also, I planted the Salanova incised all at the same time, but they did not all germinate at the same time, so I have some that are bigger and some that are still small.


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