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Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:00

Summer is going full swing with the heat and humidity here. Great weather for tomatoes and peppers. We've been enjoying Swiss Chard and Kale now that the lettuce and peas are done. The blackberries are starting to ripen and we've enjoyed some blueberries but the Catbirds did too...

Rocky Mtn. Coral Geranium

I am always amazed at how flowers at dusk almost seem to glow on their own and many seem to exude their frangrance at twilight too. Pictured here are geranium and cosmo flowers.

Cosmo Flower

These lovely orchids are back for an encore after last winter. They are white with just a touch of lavender

White and lavender orchid

The veggie department outside in the box is moving right along. We have had cucumber, chard, onion, herb and cherry tomato salads two or three times a week now.

Early Girl tomato


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 11:40
Late June in My City Garden PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:36

Things are moving right along here. The tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss Chard, kale and peppers are growing more quickly now. The heat is on the snow peas and lettuce are finishing up. The kale and chard are more heat resistant greens, so we go with those now. Blueberries and some blackberries are on the way in containers. With a little planning, you can allocate your space for your favorites. I've been experimenting with the berries to see what does best. The strawberries we had didn't do very well this year which may because they like to sent out runners unlike the bush berries. Below are this weeks pix of the garden's progress.

Basil is great for a garnish or Summer Pesto

Kale is great fried with onion and butter

Summer Daisies - Simple and beautiful

No lillies yet, got a late start this year.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:32
Spring Flowers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 08:21

Here are the lovelys that graced the garden in the last few weeks. Most are on the wane now but enjoy!

Clematis Vine

Honeysuckle Vine

Voodoo Rose

more Voodoo Roses

June in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2011 15:40

Here's an example of a fence box growing salad greens(we have 3) -- you can grow enough for salads in containers and small planting plots. Keep them trimmed and they will continue to produce, especially lettuce.

Red Sails Lettuce

Snow Peas are loving this cooler weather. They are crunchy and sweet in a spring salad
Snow Peas

The garden box is now full of peppers, tomatoes, onion and a few Swiss Chard Plants.

Square Foot Box in June

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2011 15:54
Salad Days PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 May 2011 13:58

The season's first salad. All of this was grown in a combination of fence boxes, a 6' by 4' by 10" sq. foot gardening box and pots. Being able to grow a salad in an urban area is totally possible. If your town has no available space or is dragging their feet on creating an urban community garden you'll have to do it yourself. The good part is, if you've got any space at all, you can do it yourself. You can use walls, stoops, stairs, fences, balconies, decks, window boxes (be sure to secure properly) and yes, even if that plot is real small and you are worried about pollutants in the soil, you can use containers to grow your salad fixin's.

The salad below consists of red sails lettuce (grown in fence boxes) garlic chives, radish, snow peas, (grown in sq ft box), parsley (grown in fence box), and cherry tomatoes (grown in aerogarden). This salad was enough for three people.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 15:32
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