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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
Getting ready for the growing season PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:24

It's April and the daylight is lasting longer. Now is the time for seed catalogs and planning for the warmer weather. It's a good idea to review what worked in the garden last season and what didn't. Maybe there just wasn't enough light for a decent tomato crop but the greens and herbs worked out nicely. Were there problems with the squash or cucumbers and pests or blight? Look for varieties that are hardier. Were you running constantly to water the lettuce due to lack of rain? Try growing the darker greens like Kale, Chard, Baby Bok Choi, Tat Soi or Spinach. They stand up better to heat and lack of rainfall and as an added plus, they have more vitamins.

If you are in an urban environment with limited light exposure think of growing more herbs and greens rather than tomatoes and peppers which require a lot of light and heat to flourish. Smaller varieties suited to containers tend to do better in urban environments (balconies, window boxes, fence boxes, etc.) when there is less light and heat. Choose varieties suited to the container size. In other words, don't try to grow beefsteak tomatoes in small pots with limited light and soil. A Cherry tomato would be a better choice. There are many varieties of smaller veggies. Try Baby Bok Choi, Cherry tomatoes, small hot peppers and small radishes. Small is better for container gardens whether pots, fence boxes or raised bed boxes.

Below are some good sources for finding containers, seeds, soil and accessories:
Home Depot stocks seed starting kits, soil and seeds.
Gardener's Supply.com has a wide variety of gardening equipment.
Amazon.com is a good source gardening accessories and supplies.
Aerogarden.com is wonderful for indoor growing and seed starting
HeirloomSeeds.com has tons of seeds for you to try.
www.kitazawaseed.com is great for Asian vegetables greens and herbs
www.reneesgarden.com is another great source for organic seeds.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:37
Spring is Near PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2016 09:04
The signs are here that spring is near. Well, the peach blossoming now is a little alarming. They don't usually come out this early. The apricot does but there are now cherry trees with blossoms in downtown Jersey City too.

March Peach Bloom

Indoors, the plants have been going all winter. The aerogarden is producing plenty of lettuce. The geraniums are happy in the south eastern window as is the Christmas Cactus.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 12:01
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