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Waking up to Spring PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:51
Finally, the weather has warmed up. The bulbs are raring to go here. Can't wait to start some veggies and flowers for spring inside. Cleaning up the leaves and dead growth is the task now.


Here are the early tulips and daffies starting out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:05
Garden 2016 recap PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 January 2017 10:28
Here are some favorites from the 2016 Summer Garden. Enjoy!

Tasty, spicy nasturtiums!


water garden

monarch and mimosa


Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 11:10
Summer August 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 August 2016 13:37

The growing season is going full tilt here.
Tomatoes and cayenne peppers are loving the heat and sun. Greens don't take so well especially lettuce. These tend to bolt. We've been hit with a pear rust blight here, so trimming the spotted leaves and spraying with organic fungus fighter have become a routine.
Here are the latest views of the garden:

Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2016 13:49
Summer Garden Time is Here PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:02

Eating deep in the season is recommended for a healthy diet. When you have your own garden, you have to harvest and eat what you are growing when it's ready. This has been a busy year, with volunteering and work but here are photos of the urban garden. See the news section for information on the new community garden that's taken root on the Island section of Jersey City.

Homegrown salad
This is a mix of cherry tomatoes, nasturtiums, mesclun mix, basil and chives. A dash of oil and vinegar and it's ready to eat

The box with wire fencing is necessary on a cliff where critters such as skunks, racoons, groundhogs, squirrels and possums hang out. Varmints love to sample tomatoes, greens, cukes, etc. and then toss them!

This lily is still going after 25 years!!

We've had a great season for butterflies. Many tiger and black swallowtails and this type pictured. They and the bees love the Mimosa tree.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:26
May 2016 in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 May 2016 14:51

In spite of the jetstream acting like a garden hose unleashed, there is some progress in the garden on the cliff.
Growing has been slow as it has been very cool for late may and some seedlings are still inside. Please visit the mycitygarden store and the reviews for "Vertical Gardening". This is a great book for urban gardeners who very often don't have a lot of space on the ground. I am really enjoying this and the suggestions of trellises, walls, etc. as growing aids for the city gardener. Some progress has been made here though. Please contribute to the "Where's Waldo Community Garden" in Jersey City. Here is the link

Well at least it's green

May Moon 2016

Keeping seedlings inside due to cold weather

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2016 10:40
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