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Sunday, 25 October 2020 09:12

Harvest of October 24

It was time to bring in the remaining vegetables or see them rounded up by the squirrels, skunks, etc. The Zebra Tomatoes were slow pokes in ripening this year. Cucumbers were plentiful. The Pak Choy, Asian Cabbage, Golden Cherry Tomatoes, Thai Mini Hot Peppers and Mini Red Bell Peppers were tasty additions to the summer menu. You can't beat the taste of fresh picked veggies!

It's time to bring in the Rosemary, Lavender and remaining Basil. The basil will be made into Pesto and the remaining cucumbers into pickles. There are starts of Golden Cherry Tomato, Pak Choy and the Thai Pepper that will be kept going inside now. Gardens are a smile back at life and there is no doubt that gardens have helped many of us stay sane in era of Covid 19.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2020 09:33
October marches on PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2020 11:47

Hurricane season is in full tilt for the southern part of the country. We are not immune though. In October of 2011 we were graced with a foot of snow for Halloween. October of 2013 we had a visit from Hurricane Sandy that took years for the area to recover from. So, not out of the woods yet. November is usually calmer and colder except for last year when a foot of snow arrived early and just in time to cause chaos for rush hour in the area. Enough about the weather. Harvesting as much as possible with great amounts of cuccumbers, pak choi, basil, lavender, rosemary and various peppers.

Harvest time is Pesto time. Basil leaves must be used before the cold arrives. Pesto freezes well in ice cube trays and can be a return of summer flavors on winter evenings. Some of the greens such as Pak Choi and Asian Cabbage can stay outside for a while if protected. Inside, the Aerogardens will sprout herbs, cherry tomatoes and tiny Thai peppers. Bringing some plants indoors (Hibiscus, Vinca and Geraniums) while the water garden tubs must be drained and the tubers brought inside for the winter. Below are today's vegetable harvests.

Pak Choi

Cucumbers, Golden cherry tomato, Mini Bell Pepper, Thai pepper

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2020 12:15
End of summer 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 10:24
It's that time again...

Autumn is upon us too soon. There has been been a bumper crop of cukes, cherry tomatoes, herbs and peppers. Cooking with vegetables right out of the garden is the best. The days are already down to only 12 hours of sun and it's a lot more red shifted than the blue light that veggies need. The Nasturtiums got a really late start along with the Zebra tomatoes. Pak Choy, Napa Cabbage are doing great. Greens love the cooler weather. Enjoy the views here:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2020 11:09
Late August 2020 in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 August 2020 13:01

The height of the growing season. Visitors include Tiger Swallowtails, Black Swallowtails, Monarchs, Darning Needles, Dragon Flies, Damsel Flies, Praying Mantis, Warblers, Goldfinches, Robins, Cardinals, Mocking Birds, Catbirds, Blue Jays, Hummingbirds etc....

A shout out to fellow gardeners across the country in Arcata, California. Here is a sample of some of their hot pepper varietals for 2020:
Dr. G's Mumbo Sauce@.. Dracula, Lhasa, Aji Colorado, Aji Amarillo

And now from the beautiful Hilltop area of Jersey City...Little Jade Napa Cabbage. It started with Pak Choy and now working through Asian Cusine greens

These were started in an Aerogarden in February of 2020 and still going strong. Tiny and tasty but the seeds pack a punch.

My little crazy ass Jersey City Garden of 13' x 25'. Haven for pollinators and marauding skunks, racoons, squirrels, ground hogs, possums, etc...

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2020 10:05
June 29th in my city garden PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2020 15:34

Growing Season is in full swing here...
This year's crop includes Tiny Thai Hot Peppers, Zebra tomatoes (these are the best tasting!), Golden Cherry Tomatoes (also very tasty) and Tiny Bell Peppers. We have lots of basil and a second crop of greens like Pak Choy, Tiny Napa Cabbage, Mesclun Mix and Cilantro starting. The peas gave a good crop but are slowed down and probably over due to the heat.

This year there are 3 kinds of water lilies; Tiny Yellow Helvola, White and a Peach variety that haven't bloomed yet. Trying out growing mini Lotus, but it is slow growing.
Here are some pix of what's growing now:

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2020 15:50
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