Dirt Doll

Dirt Doll is an urban farm business in Chicago run by
Audra Lewicki & Adrienne Detanico.

We are dedicated to growing good food and building healthy soil. Check out our photos and leave us a note.
Our gorgeous Ronde de Nice summer squashes were a big hit!  But this is the last of ‘em.  The plants have come to their end.  Now on to our fall crops!

Our gorgeous Ronde de Nice summer squashes were a big hit!  But this is the last of ‘em.  The plants have come to their end.  Now on to our fall crops!

We’ve had a lot of pests on our tomato plants for nearly the entire season.  It’s been worrisome as we’ve so looked forward to offering a variety of beautiful fruits.  Also, the tomatoes are an expensive plant to grow when space is hard to come by.  And seeing a plant covered in aphids is pretty darn gross.

But thankfully, in the case of the tomatoes, those pests have attracted a whole host of beneficial insects.  Lady beetles and lacewings found a feast in our tomato rows and it’s been rather interesting watching the ecosystem play out.

The first photo is eggs from a lacewing.  You can see the stalk coming off of the tomato fruit and the little egg sacks at the top of the stalk.  Thankfully a volunteer with amazing eyesight caught these before we packed the tomato away.

The second photo is a tomato stem with aphids and lady beetles all around.

Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers

Remember all of that mustard that went to seed?  We harvested the seed for pickling last weekend.  In order to separate the seeds from the pods, we took a lesson from nature.
We threshed the dried plants in a large container and then poured them into a bowl in front of a fan.  All of the fine, dried plant material blew away with the force of the fan while the heavier seeds fell right into the bowl.

Remember all of that mustard that went to seed?  We harvested the seed for pickling last weekend.  In order to separate the seeds from the pods, we took a lesson from nature.

We threshed the dried plants in a large container and then poured them into a bowl in front of a fan.  All of the fine, dried plant material blew away with the force of the fan while the heavier seeds fell right into the bowl.

Love-in-a-mist are the coolest flowers.  We’ve really enjoyed watching them grow and bloom.

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Soil delivery for building the rest of the beds.

Soil delivery for building the rest of the beds.

Updated view looking west between beds 11 and 12.  There’s a rogue tomato plant having a good ole time with the collards and the carrots have all been harvested.  Marigolds (or Joan-igolds as our friend who planted the seeds likes to call them) are going/smelling strong.
What to plant now?!

Updated view looking west between beds 11 and 12.  There’s a rogue tomato plant having a good ole time with the collards and the carrots have all been harvested.  Marigolds (or Joan-igolds as our friend who planted the seeds likes to call them) are going/smelling strong.

What to plant now?!

Sweating buckets,
Growing biceps.
Salty wet tomato.
Tough soles of feet.
Every bin full full full, with a gritty residue.

Severine von Tscharner Fleming

Super fun!  Now if only we could get our veggies harvested this way!