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Friedens Southside Produce Exchange! 1 Reply

Started by Mari. Last reply by LizM - Site Moderator Jul 30, 2010.

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Comment by Jenny on March 5, 2011 at 12:58pm
Anthony -- I looked at your pictures and was wondering what type of container gardening you were doing.  I'll look up SIPs -- thanks for the tip!  We're going radical this year -- practical, actually.  Our sunniest spot is in our front yard, so we're going the front yard gardening route.  I'm excited!
Comment by Anthony Spangler on March 5, 2011 at 12:30pm
Hello!  Am I just getting older, or was this a looong hard winter?!  We were out today looking at garden centers, in the rain, because we had to.  We expect to start seeds for some things in the next week or two, and to start resetting our SIPs (Sub Irrigated Planters) shortly after that.  I hope to try a couple of raised bed SIPs this year, too.  Mari mentioned apartment containers, and Jenny commented on the difficulty of finding the right dirt/spot, and our SIPs have solved that problem, and, I'm of the mind that they fit right into the yard sharing mind set.
Comment by Jenny on March 2, 2011 at 1:55pm

I saw the southside exchange notification -- I'm just afraid we'd never get down there.  Northsiders could rotate exchanges at members' houses, or meet in a park -- Broadripple, Sahm's (near Castleton), etc.  I might be able to get my family motivated to make it as far south as Garfield Park, but I don't know how often.


I had a very lazy winter.  The only thing I kept up w/ was basil and a sad little arugula plant.  I intended to do a long box of greens (bought the lamp and everything), then broke my arm and had to have surgery.  Couldn't convince my husband and kids to do it for me :)

Comment by Mari on March 2, 2011 at 1:40pm

Hi, I've started tomatoes already as a germination test but they are doing so good I think I'll just keep growing them.  I've also started peppers, eggplant, and ground cherries.  I've had cilantro and basil growing from seed under lights since early January and they are doing amazing.


I don't know about a produce exchange up north.  I am part of the Indy Backyard Growers Network that had a produce exchange at Friedens UCC on the south side.  We're still working out the details of how we want to do it this year and get more backyard growers involved.  Any suggestions?

Comment by Jenny on March 2, 2011 at 1:23pm
Has anybody started their seeds yet?  I'm hoping for a nice weekend so I can build a cold frame and get started.  Still haven't decided what all I want to do.... def tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, beans, and herbs.  I wish I could do squash and cukes -- our neighborhood chipmunks always ruin those efforts, and I can't bring myself to exterminate them.  What's everyone else doing this year?  Does anyone know of a northside produce exchange?  If not, is anyone interested in starting one?
Comment by Jenny on December 10, 2010 at 7:29pm


I live near Broadripple/Glendale.  I have dirt, but, after 5 growing seasons, I have yet to find the ideal site on my property.  I've had some success -- mostly with tomatoes.  I'd like to do a lot more.  My faves are:  tomatoes (all kinds); peppers (all kinds); cukes; zucchini; greens and variegated lettuces; herbs (all kinds -- annual and perennial); and squash, though I've had very limited success because of the chipmunks I refuse to kill.  I haven't had a lot of trouble with bugs, but the chipmunks make me nuts!  I'm thinking of getting a portable greenhouse to fight the little buggers.  Oh -- we're getting a chicken wagon and some chicks in the spring!

Comment by Mari on July 8, 2010 at 7:12pm
I'm in Greenwood. I live in an apartment and container farm on my patio as well as a plot at my church's community garden. I've been growing for several years now. I'm working on bringing the urban farming movement to the south side of Indy and Greenwood!
Comment by Sandy Kemp on May 7, 2010 at 5:12am
Hi Tony, I'm in Castleton, and I square foot garden. This is my first year with this technique, and I'm really liking how easy and productive it's been for me. My kids are interested, not put off, because there's not too much work! Liking that...
Comment by Anthony Spangler on June 24, 2009 at 4:53pm
I just joined Hyperlocavore, to learn, and to see if there were any gardeners in this area interested in this sort of thing. I'm in that "no man's land" between Carmel and Indianapolis, in Hamilton County.

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