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July in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 July 2014 11:09

There have been few posts lately because the writer is busy out in the garden. There was an early planting of peas, radishes and kale harvested. This year, more plantings were started from seeds. Just running out to a nursery and buying plants is fine, but this year I wanted to complete the whole growing cycle myself. More is involved as seedlings are fragile and any lapse in watering, temperature control, etc. will lead to their destruction. Besides needing to be more watchful, once things get started they have to be thinned out or the growth will not be satisfactory. Everyone is getting more aware of the fact that seeds are very important and the preservation of non-hybrid genetically re-arranged seeds is critical. Heirloom seeds are very popular right now as are seed exchanges. Seed saving of the right kind of seeds is economical and a great way to control what gets planted.

I've started keeping track of the amount of organic vegetables harvested. So far it's been two half a pound harvests of snow peas and two half pound harvests of organic mixed greens like kale, chard, baby bok choi and red lettuce along with basil, lemon balm and chives. The harvests were 7 - 10 days The amount charged for these organic greens at the grocery is enough to keep me busy at gardening. Things will pick up as more boxes and pots ripen.

So, this year's garden got a slow start but it's now caught up and the next phase in pots and boxes has been started. Timing is important. Lettuce is not going to do well starting in summer heat. That's why chard, kale and bok choi are good choices in the summer. Volunteering at a community garden, I've made the acquaintance of a green called tat soi, which has become a new favorite. Can't wait to get my hands on some seeds for it. The cherry tomatoes, basil and small peppers are finally starting to take off due to the rain. Plants love rain because of the natural elements like phosphates in it. Below are some shots documenting My City Garden's progress.

My City Garden Scene

Flowers on the shelf

raised bed early spring

tomato and basil seedlings

june greens harvest

snow peas 2014

July greens harvest

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 11:50
Welcome back garden! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 09:07

Tulip and Daffodil time has already passed! Enjoy the photos of some of them from earlier this Spring. The blog is getting a slow start this year but lots has been going on with seed starting inside and planting outside.

red and white tulip

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 May 2014 09:29
Autumn is upon us PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:15

We've finally reached the turning of the leaves here. The predominant color seems to be orange, with a little red. In the city garden, the peppers and tomatoes are a bright crimson hue. The chard and kale are a nice contrasting dark green. Flowers seem invigorated by this cool weather. Soon, everything but the cold hardy plants will be gone or inside. The herbs like Rosemary and Sage seem to do ok in a sunny window but we never had real luck with basil unless it was in an Aerogarden. Time to break those out soon, we still crave fresh greens and cherry tomatoes. Here are some shots of the latest harvest and flowers.

Fall Nasturtiums

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:36
Summer's End PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 September 2013 09:49

The days are growing shorter. The garden is producing peppers, basil, cherry tomatoes, a little kale and chard and lots of herbs (Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Balm, Chives, Garlic Chives, Borage). The sunlight is moving further south so containers are moved to make the most of the daylight where possible.

Hot Red Pepper

Summer Basil

Summer Scene 2013

Moon Flower
Just as the sun goes down, these lovelies come out. (Moon Flower)

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 10:03
Late August in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 August 2013 17:30
Here a few new pepper varieties and some shots of the garden and scenery.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 September 2013 10:03
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