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Early June in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 June 2010 10:16

Ah, the not so lazy, hazy, crazy days of almost summer...Clematis and honeysuckle are already on the wane... We have loved the scent of the honeysuckle, especially in the morning and in the early evening... it is just one of the best scents in flowerland. Honeysuckle vine is pictured below where it spills over a trellis that it shares with a grape vine.

Honeysuckle Vine

A first harvest of berries. These are grown in containers. There are two blueberriy plants and about 5 large pots of strawberries between the yard and the stoop. Try to utilize every square foot in an urban area. Stairs, stoops, window boxes and fences are great additional space opportunities...

Sping Berries

Sometimes, people say, "but you are only growning handfuls of food!" Have they looked in some of leading restaurants lately? You almost never get the whopping portions that we as Americans have become accustomed to. Americans have to adjust their menus and portion sizes and the obesity rates are proof of that. No, I'm not growing truckloads, but for 2-3 people I do produce enough to have salads and stuff like berries, pears, grapes to augment the meals. Best part is, we know that there are no chemicals or other bad things on the food.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 June 2010 10:31
Late Spring in the Urban Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010 11:16

We've progressed into late spring. Time for the next shift of flowers, etc. after the reign of tulips, bulbs, tree blossoms, etc. The various containers are all planted now with everything from peas to strawberries and greens. We try to utilize every available square inch and make it productive. If not an edible, then an ornamental. The biggest space is the 6ft by 4ft by 10" box. This year, I've pledged to keep it for edibles.... but there are a lot of the beaufiful zinnias from last year starting to pop up at one end... oh well, might have to move 'em but might not...


Marauding groundhogs (or marmots, not sure), skunks, squirrels (and their babies) had their eyes (and paws) in the square foot garden box last year. This year I acquired some green coated flexible wire fencing for the perimeter and kept the deer netting (which can be rolled back) over the top. Who would believe this is necessary in an urban area like Jersey City?? Well, we do live on the beginnings of what becomes the Palisades Cliffs.

Stair wall garden

Pictured above are the stair side garden and a clematis vine that climbs at the front of our stairs.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 May 2010 11:36
Changing Tulip PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 April 2010 07:17
Changing Tulip

Here is the red and white tulip pictured below as it is a week later. The colors have changed to a more bright pink and have spread on the petals... There are water lillies that do this, but this is the first time I've seen it in a tulip.

Spring in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 April 2010 13:22

Here are two shots taken earlier this week:

White and Red Tulips

Tulips, Narcissus and Grape Hyacinth
Finally, Spring is here PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 12:59
Dwarf Pear Blossoms

Spring at last. A few days more like July, but now we're back to what's more normal for this time of year. The tulips, narcissus and grape hyacinths have rebounded and are waving in the breeze again. The apricot has already shed its blossoms and now the dwarf pear has put on its lacy dress of blooms...(pictured above). This pear tree is amazing in the amount of fruit it puts out in our small urban yard. The pears are like bartlett pears, sweet and smooth.

It's still a little cool out and the residents of the coldframe that lived out all winter are doing fine. Plenty of beets, some arugula. The strawberries, lavender and columbine were transplanted to large pots and are progressing nicely. The deer netting is to keep the neighborhood cats, etc. out until it is fully planted and wood dividers put in. There are tomato, greens and herb plants waiting in the wings for slighly warmer weather. I've always advocated the growing of salad veggies in a small space even in an urban area like Jersey City or NYC. You can do it entirely in pots on stairs, fence boxes or window boxes too. Space is always hard to find in cities but it doesn't mean you can't grow things.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 13:13
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