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Getting ready for the growing season PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:24

It's April and the daylight is lasting longer. Now is the time for seed catalogs and planning for the warmer weather. It's a good idea to review what worked in the garden last season and what didn't. Maybe there just wasn't enough light for a decent tomato crop but the greens and herbs worked out nicely. Were there problems with the squash or cucumbers and pests or blight? Look for varieties that are hardier. Were you running constantly to water the lettuce due to lack of rain? Try growing the darker greens like Kale, Chard, Baby Bok Choi, Tat Soi or Spinach. They stand up better to heat and lack of rainfall and as an added plus, they have more vitamins.

If you are in an urban environment with limited light exposure think of growing more herbs and greens rather than tomatoes and peppers which require a lot of light and heat to flourish. Smaller varieties suited to containers tend to do better in urban environments (balconies, window boxes, fence boxes, etc.) when there is less light and heat. Choose varieties suited to the container size. In other words, don't try to grow beefsteak tomatoes in small pots with limited light and soil. A Cherry tomato would be a better choice. There are many varieties of smaller veggies. Try Baby Bok Choi, Cherry tomatoes, small hot peppers and small radishes. Small is better for container gardens whether pots, fence boxes or raised bed boxes.

Below are some good sources for finding containers, seeds, soil and accessories:
Home Depot stocks seed starting kits, soil and seeds.
Gardener's Supply.com has a wide variety of gardening equipment.
Amazon.com is a good source gardening accessories and supplies.
Aerogarden.com is wonderful for indoor growing and seed starting
HeirloomSeeds.com has tons of seeds for you to try.
www.kitazawaseed.com is great for Asian vegetables greens and herbs
www.reneesgarden.com is another great source for organic seeds.

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 12:37
Spring is Near PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2016 09:04
The signs are here that spring is near. Well, the peach blossoming now is a little alarming. They don't usually come out this early. The apricot does but there are now cherry trees with blossoms in downtown Jersey City too.

March Peach Bloom

Indoors, the plants have been going all winter. The aerogarden is producing plenty of lettuce. The geraniums are happy in the south eastern window as is the Christmas Cactus.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 12:01
Garden Recap - Winter 2015/16 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 March 2016 08:13
Garden Recap Here are some shots from late fall into the winter. The most striking is of the rose we had in JANUARY! Seeing Cherry Trees blooming on Christmas Eve was another tell. Something very odd is going on here inspite of what the climate change critics say. Just look around you. Also included here are harvests of Baby Bok Choy (one of the new faves here), tomatoes and our favorite Dwarf Bartlett Pears. The moon on September 27 was amazing to see.

Baby Bok Choy

All photos Copyright 2016 Carol Nissen
Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2016 08:43
Spring at Last PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2015 06:06

Spring finally arrived. But here it is June and it's 55 degrees out?? Am I the only one noticing that the weather is getting very erratic?? The containers this year contain salad mix, baby bok choy, basil, tomatoes, chives, garlic chives, cucumbers, peas, peppers and sunflowers. Here is a gallery of what has happened in the garden so far this year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2015 06:22
2014 Garden Recap PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:43

Was very busy this year with life but here are a few pictures of how great the garden was this year. Showing are various harvests made from the raised bed box and various containers. The garden gargoyles who "protect" the garden are also shown. Harvests from this small organic urban garden yielded about 3-4 harvests a week of greens, herbs, small tomatoes and peppers etc. Not a huge amount but enough to add to a healthy diet.

fall harvest

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 15:52
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