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Merry month of May in mycitygarden! PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 May 2022 09:51
Cool and foggy today and the plants are loving it.

It has been a really slow start this year due to the cold temperatures. Finally getting some rain which keeps the plants clean... The Pak Choi starts from this past February are getting large. Strawberries are stirring in the fence boxes. The Golden Cherry tomatoes are now hardening off outside in the cool weather. Starts of Green Zebra Tomato, Mini Red Peppers and Basil are waiting in the wings. The beautiful Clematis has started to bloom, a sure sign it's time to plant the tomatoes in the raised bed box. This year Lily of the Valley, Freesia and Coleus plants have been put in the shaded patio and under the Dwarf Bartlett Pear tree.

And now for the show...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2022 10:20
Spring is on the way PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 March 2022 08:41

I think I hear a collective chorus of "At Last" by Etta James somewhere...
The happy jungle in the living room and Bay window is going gangbusters. The late February and early March sun has got the plants all going. The three Amaryllis bulbs are ready to bloom. They seem to grow overnight... A few of the mini orchids have sprouted new stalks of buds... they just love this angle of light. The indoor garden was supported by two floor standing grow lights during the dark times. More plants like the Vincas, Begonias and Japanese Iris were brought inside this year and are doing well.

The Happy Jungle

On the seed starting side, the Toy Choy and Golden Cherry tomatoes are coming along well in the aero gardens. Mini Red Bell Peppers are starting in another aero garden to be followed by peat pot starts of Heavenly Blue Morning Glory, Moonflowers, Sunflowers Mixed, Cut and Come Again Zinnias...

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2022 09:03
Winter 2022 - getting started for Spring PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 February 2022 15:44

Many plants were moved inside this year. An additional Gro Lite was purchased to help and this worked out very well. The morning light comes in from the east and south. It's pretty intense as there are no leaves on the trees... Plants include: Begonias, Christmas Cactus, Vincas, Pinks, Hibiscus, Umbrella Palm, Chili Pepper, Bamboo, etc.

Here's another Hibiscus beauty!

But it's time for seed catalogs and starting things inside...
There are Toy Chovy (Baby Pak Choy) starts in one Aerogarden and Golden Cherry tomatoes and Cilantro in the Sprout Aerogardens.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 February 2022 16:31
Garden's Progress PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 May 2021 09:56

The garden is in full swing now. Temperatures are above the 60's pretty much. The raised bed box was filled with fresh soil, tilled and the pits dug for the tomatoes and mini Red Bell peppers being transferred from the aero gardens.

The first tomato. Can't wait for more.

Three Kinds of Lily this year. Little Yellow Helvola (it's back), small peach lily and large white lily that bloomed once!

Here's the whole garden ready for 2021

Last Updated on Friday, 14 May 2021 10:18
Crazy spring weather PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 10:12
It's been a wild ride here this year. Pots of tomatoes, peppers,etc. have been getting dragged in and then put out again as the temperatures careen between upper thirties to upper seventies! The aerogarden base with 4 Green Zebra plants had to be put outside because the plants outgrew the lamp height! The basil has finally been started, the last one inside cause it's more sensitive to the cold temperatures.

In the meantime, the tulip riot I planted last fall gave a great showing. The red and white Carnaval de Rio tulips ordered from Burpee last fall did not disappoint. Just hate to see them go but it's time. The lilac once again produced a bumper crop of blooms to the delight of the bees and some hummingbirds. The Grape Hyacinths extended their territory along with with dwarf daffodils...

This year's plants include Golden Cherry Tomato, Green Zebra Tomato, Thai Purple Peppers, Thai Mini Red Peppers, Mini Macho Pepper, Pak Choi, Cilantro, Sweet Basil, Lemongrass, Radish, Spring Peas and Strawberries. Flowers include 4 varieties of Nasturtium and 2 Sunflowers.

The black plastic grills over the last picture are saved from furnace filter packaging. They are necessary to keep the squirrels from "hiding" dinner rolls a neighbor leaves out. The dinner rolls also ended up in our rain gutters!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2021 10:46
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