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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
June at Last PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:07

Finally good garden weather. Damp days are not good for gardening and can spread various bacteria, virus, molds and fungus around. Dry with rain at night is the best after the sun is up and things dry out. More fencing is needed as animals displaced are foraging in backyards and gardens. With a close view of the World Trade Center we have skunks (love digging bulbs and for bugs), racoons (love tearing up the tub gardens looking for clams, crayfish, etc), squirrels (love burying things like dinner rolls in pots and boxes), ground hogs, (love chewing the tender tops off sunflowers and other flowers...) and and various birds (love pecking fruits like pears, peaches and apricot so they fall to the ground useless).

It's a wonder anything survives at all... Here are a few views of what's going on.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:23
Late March2020 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:22
The latest in My City Garden...

Here is the crop harvested from the bay window today.

The peppers are small but POWERFUL!

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:36
March 2020 Garden Start PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 March 2020 12:18

The cold is still hanging on here but plants are starting inside...

These little purple peppers are slow to start the heat but hot after a few seconds. They, like the Golden Cherry tomatoes, are in a Sprout Aerogarden. They both will be transplanted outside into pots when the weather gets warm enought.

Using the Aerogarden for seed starting. The light is more regular than the window with peat pots... So the proof will be getting these out of the garden and into boxes or the ground.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2020 12:39
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