growing here & growing there

kale peas tomatoes cabbages broccoli lettuce beans

onions cabbages tomatoes chard peas and basil

herbs and onions and tomatoes

i’m gardening again this year, in my patio container garden, and things are coming along great. this year we’ve implemented the SFG system and built a couple of narrow 6′ x 1′ boxes and have utilized the existent apartment boxes, our half barrel containers, and various smaller pots, and are growing:

6 bush tomato plants, one purple eggplant, one white “ghostbuster” eggplant, chard from seed, radishes from seed, basil, mint, lavender, dill, purple and white onions, cabbage, cauliflower, snow peas, bush beans, chives, kale, rosemary, oregano, lemon and german thyme, sweet pepper, and…i am sure i’m forgetting something! hopefully my onions will be done soon and i can get some cukes in.

we had red leaf lettuce and romaine but i just hacked it down last week and ate it. YUM.

just like last year, things are coming along great. no massive failures…yet! seems some caterpillars have taken a liking to the cabbages, but no big deal; they were a springtime experiment; i wanted to grow something a little different and i tried a few. probably won’t try them again. live, garden, learn. 🙂

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watering our plot at the community garden

celery

peppers, sweet and hot

all sorts of tomatoes

cherry tomatoes, yellow straightneck squash, tomatillo, bush beams

as alluded to in previous posts, we also joined a community garden here in greenwich, the armstrong court community garden, which resides next to a small stream directly behind a public housing complex here in the city. we’ve been working on the garden most weekends for the past month and a half, and things are coming along great! in our plot at armstrong we’re growing tomatoes (various types, including some cherry varieties), sweet and hot peppers, a tomatillo, bush beans, chard, romaine lettuce, celery, and yellow straightneck squash.

pete and poppy come over and help me with the garden, and it’s really a family project! we’re having so much fun and it’s nice to get out and do something together and meet people. the other gardeners are so nice and helpful and everyone really pitches in and makes the garden look great, keeping it maintained and growing strong. and holy moly, the garden as a whole is kicking butt. we had several weeks of rain, followed by a couple weeks with some heat and everything is looking really happy! can’t wait to see what it all looks like once summer is in full swing.

our tummies are sure to be really really happy come july and august! i totally want to make buckets full of preserved tomatoes and tomato products (sauce, salsas, stewed tomatoes, and the like), and if our tomatoes are successful (at home and at the plot), we’re likely to be inundated with tomatoes and quite busy at the end of the season! hahaha. here’s hoping!

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what are you growing this year?
what do you plan to do with your harvest?

3 comments

  1. laura

    i’m envious – my experiments as a gardener haven’t been THAT successful yet. we have some tomato plants, but there’s only one green tomato yet. and i’m growing some radishes.

    all your vegetables look delicious!

  2. Jennifer Can Quilt

    we have a squirrel problem, so we haven’t manage to successfully keep any kind of garden going at this apartment.

    however, our first CSA box will grow on our doorstep this wednesday!