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Autumn in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:11

This year was not very good for the greens due to the high temperatures, though I have some mesclun, parsley and a few collard green plants that are still producing. One of my favorites is the sweet snack tiny cherry tomato. These grew from fruits that fell in the pot last year! They make a sweet bite size garnish for salads. Cucumbers have been great this year, the trick was making sure the ground didn't dry out too much. Another hit this year was the cherry pepper. They are compact little fruits that pack a spicy punch but not too much. I believe they originate in Eastern Europe (Hungary).

Cucumber,Pepper, Tomatoes
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:20
Petition to Get Urban Farming Going Here in JC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 September 2010 07:18

There is a petition available at Care2.com regarding urban agriculture/farming in Jersey City. Visit this link to sign the petititon:
sign it here.

Last week of August PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 13:14

Well, the end of summer is nearing but this year I have started fall (second season) plantings. (radish, beet, peas and a few greens). Knowing that the past few years stayed pretty warm right into November, I'm hopeful these will thrive even into the colder weather when I convert the garden box into a coldframe. This worked well last year. Everything in the cold frame survived and thrived later. Here are some shots of what's growing in the garden right now.

Cherry Pepper
Pink and White Petunia
SweetSnack Cherry tomato
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 September 2010 09:46
August in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 August 2010 06:07

A few photos here of the current state of the garden. Perhaps it should be called Pear Tree Hill. We have so many this year that we have to give them away... Also pictured here are zinnias and petunias.

Pear Harvest

Petunias and sq ft box

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 06:15
Late July in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 July 2010 14:56

The Helvola water lilly (miniature) has bloomed in the small tub. This plant has come back every year since 1991! Hard to believe but the plant even survived after being dragged out onto the hot sidewalk by a bird ( might have been a 4 legged varmit too). It winters inside and is very resistant to problems. Both water gardens are aerated with small electric pumps and tubing that creates mini-fountains. This is a natural way to keep mosquitos at bay.

Helvola lillies

Nothing is better than picking your salad a few minutes before preparing and eating it. Here is a sample of some of what I got out of the box last week. (July 4th tomatoes, parsley, lettuce, big leaf basil garlic chives and chives).

late July summer salada
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:15
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