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December has arrived PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 December 2011 08:45

This week's harvest. Pictured are Swiss Chard, Parsley, jalapeno and tomato that were still going as of this week. It is December and we've had a snowstorm but not a hard freeze. I suspect the reprieve from winter will be over soon...

Preparations for the coldframe are almost complete. Blueberries, columbine, lavender and a neighbor's echinacea are sitting in the square foot box and new tulip bulbs are planted outside it. The square foot box will be turned into a coldframe with the addition of some translucent heavy gauge plastic. This year I am using bricks to hold the plastic down. This will lead to better access to some of the plants (tomato and garlic chive) that are still growing in there along with the pots of perinneals. We found that stapling the plastic made it harder to get in and ripped the plastic.The kale and lettuce are ok for the time being unless a hard freeze comes to town.

December is upon us...
Gathering seeds outside.
The cold scythe of winter
has not yet arrived
C Nissen

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 08:29
Before the Blizzard PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:07

Before winter's little "visit" on October 29th, the garden was still rockin'. Here is a shot of veggies I harvested because a little bird told me it was going to snow and possibly freeze. I tried to harvest a lot of the flowers while leaving some zinnias (part of the sunflower family) for the warblers and small finches. My Filipino neighbors love sweet pepper leaves. They got the harvest of those and they put them into soups and meat dishes. I'll have to try this sometime. Right now the Kale and Chard are still standing with a little lettuce. These plants do well in the cold and even snow as long as it's not a hard freeze.
Peppers and tomatoes

I never take winter lying down so next week I'll show you some pix of the indoor garden along with the aerogardens that were started up a few weeks ago. It's also time to turn the square foot garden box into a cold frame by using some translucent heavy gauge plastic.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:02
Winter Blast on October 29 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:33

Well, the snowstorm totally blind-sided almost everyone! I listened to the weather reports and got an uneasy feeling on Friday. So, I proceeded to pick all the peppers, tomatoes, herbs, flowers etc in a real rush. I left in the chard, cale, lettuce since they don't really mind the cold.

I just put up this quick video clip of the garden this past summer. Enjoy. I love growing things and the garden requires a lot of work but the rewards are great.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:18
Fall is Here PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 15:36

There's no denying it now. The temperatures are colder at night and leaves are starting to fall. There are plenty of peppers, herbs, kale and a few tomatoes and chard plants left.

The Square Foot Garden Box in the Fall.

Nothing beats the aroma of fresh basil from the garden!

Stay tuned next week for the indoor growing season. Herbs like Rosemary, Sage and greens along with tiny tomatoes! Forcing of Amarylis Bulbs too!

Meanwhile, here is the Queen of the Evening - The Moonflower.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:19
A Few Samples of Harvests PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 October 2011 10:03

Here are a few shots of some typical harvests from the garden. Veggies and greens are usually picked right before meal prep. These are from the 6' by 4' garden box.

city garden grown vegetables

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:21
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