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Late June in My City Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:47

Well, the heat is on here and the spring gardening phase is definitely over. Bolting chard, wilting lettuce and peas. The second phase of full summer is upon us now. Time for tomatoes, peppers, chives, beans, sunflowers, just to name a few. The basil, sage and rosemary are rocking and can't wait to start using them as garnishes and a favorite, pesto. Picture is a small recent haul from the garden. Nobody here is growing bushels of food, but certainly enough for 2 or 3 people to enjoy salads and side dishes.

Not to be outdone, the flowers this past spring were and some still are, gorgeous:

lavender flower 2013

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 June 2013 12:19
First Spring Salad PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:57

The first salad from our city garden has arrived. The ingredients are chard, cherry tomato, radish and snap pea. (not visaible but they're in there). This is organically grown in a raised bed and fence boxes in our yard. We've got different ingredients depending on the time of year. Later, we expect more tomatoes, a few types of peppers, basil, garlic chives and red lettuce. This is a small example of what can be done with a little bit of ground, containers and some gardening experience (which to me, basically amounts to paying attention!).

My City Garden Spring Salad

Urban gardening can pay off!

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 June 2013 10:15
Spring Garden's Progress PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 May 2013 13:34

The weather is definitely getting more unpredictable around here. One day I'm sweating and wearing shorts, the next I'm back in my winter coat! If I'm not happy with this I don't think some of the plants in my garden are either. I noticed that seeds were slow to germinate, probably because of the colder temperatures. Fortunately, we did get lots of rain. The plants prefer rain water over the chlorinated water from the hose or tap. The lettuce, radish and peas are all doing well with the colder temps. The two container blueberry plants are producing lots of berries which I am hoping the greedy mockingbird doesn't find before we get to them. The blueberries liked spending the winter outside and produced lots of flowers and the bumblebees couldn't seem to get enough of them. The poor tomatoes, apricots and basil are not thriving in this cold. Seeing your breath in the cold on Memorial Day weekend is kinda odd. Next time I'll cover the flowers here in the city garden. Pictured below is the tiny garden's progress...

spring cherry tomato

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:08
Happy Spring! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 April 2013 09:15

Here are a few views of my city garden's progress

Orange and Red Tulips
Early spring garden view

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 April 2013 09:29
Spring Residents in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 April 2013 14:57

It's finally warm and windless enough to work outside. The winds for the last week or so put a damper on trying to plant seeds. But, at last, today is a decent day to add soil and plant a few seeds. Here are a few current garden residents:
Yellow Pansy April 2013<
Yellow Pansy

Tiny yellow daffodils

Cat Guarding the Garden

Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:09
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