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A Lesson in Patience PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 17:01
Yellow Miniature Lilly

This lilly has been with us for 18 years. I got it in about 1991. It has survived skunks, racoons, etc. When I found it out on the side walk drying in the sun this past May I was upset. It probably got dragged out by a bird. At first I thought, throw it out, it's dried -- forget it. But I thought nah, I don't give up that easy. I thought for sure it was dead, but I put it back in the pot in its sorry state and dunked it back in the tub... Sure enough 2 months later 2 small leaves appeared under water. It has regenerated itself and just put out this flower. And so you see, I was right to give it another chance. Patience is as much a part of gardening as ruthlessness and sometimes it pays off.

Yellow Lilly Day 2
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 06:18
 
July 2009 in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 July 2009 11:49

The garden is in full swing now. Cosmos, Zinnias and daisies are in the background. Foreground are alysum, petunia, pinks and verbena in pots...


This is the first harvest of pole beans. The first time I've grown them here in JC. The tomatoes are having a hard time this year. I found a homemade fungicide - baking soda, a little dish detergent and water. We'll see if it helps... The cooler, wet weather hasn't been great for tomatoes. But now we are seeing the first of the bush cucumbers.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2009 11:57
 
Orchids of Summer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 07:53
pink phalenopsis

We have featured orchids here that bloom in winter. Here are a few of the summer variety that are blooming right now in the bay window. These plants will last for years with proper care. And when they bloom, you can have weeks of wonderful color.

Yellow Orchid

It helps to pay attention to your plants. I give these a bath in the sink about every 2-3 weeks to remove any pests, dust, etc. That way you can stop anything small like scale bugs from becoming a big problem. One of the most important parts of gardening is the art of observation. It's also the most fun.

Pink Spotted Orchid
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 08:01
 
Spring Salad PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 June 2009 20:33
A Spring Garden Salad

Here is what I like to call a Spring Salad. It consists of greens, garlic chives, radishes, snow peas and beet greens. My City Garden started as growing orchids, having a water garden and herbs. After a lot of experimentation with my own aeroponics unit and investing in two aerogardens for the past 2 years, I concluded the best route was to grow salad fixings. I was covered in WIRED last summer for my gardening exploits. I grew my own greens, tomatoes and herbs indoors this past winter. Now my husband I have built a 6' by 4' Square Foot Gardening box to increase production. I already have lots of fence boxes and containers growing everything from cucumbers to strawberries. Recently, I bought a Topsy Turvey because the idea of plants growning upside down intrigued me.(It's another way to help keep the critters out of your vegetables).... and believe it the critters show up even in Jersey City.

Some people have dismissed the whole idea claiming, "you are only growing a few handfuls of food". It seems only recently that giant size portions of everything got pushed in advertising. We have 3 people in our family and grow enough for salads around three times a week. We try and shop farmer's markets as much as possible and try to adhere to the 100 mile diet. The naysayers say, "Oh, you can never feed a family" but guess what, if you've got a big family you probably are not living in an apartment anyway. Suburbanites with huge yards have huge potential to have a really productive garden. Sure it's work, but the rewards are great too. It's great to pick lettuce, snow peas, radishes, etc, (grown pesticide free) wash them and then eat them in a salad a short while later.

Here is a shot of the garden with clematis, pansies, Asian Lilac, water garden, etc. as of the beginning of June. garden view

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 15:12
 
Memorial Day weekend in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 May 2009 10:36
Raised Bed Box in May

Things are progressing nicely now. What a difference 2 weeks makes in the garden. Some of these plants were started in pots inside. The marigolds are interspersed to help fight bugs. So far in the raised bed box are: tomato, beans, snow pea, radish, beets (for the greens), zinnia, babysbreath (in the front) and small cayenne and hot peppers. The fence boxes contain greens and peas and there are a few cucumbers and sunflower starting in a barrel. The strawberry is in a large pot on the terrace and the herbs are mostly inside in the aerogarden.


Overhead view of raised bed garden box
Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2009 10:44
 
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