Friday, April 15, 2011

Rooftop gardening

...has been happening. It's just not very photogenic at the moment. The terrace in early April is just waking up.

Up on the alleged farm, in the interests of economy of $'s and of effort, I have resorted to turning milk crates into additional planters. They were being thrown out by neighbours, so I appropriated them, lined them with plastic bags, punched holes in the bags, and now we will see. I will snip off some black plastic around the tops as I don't want them to turn into hot-boxes in the summer.

The peas are looking healthy but are in no hurry to reach the top of their cage.

The bare farm. Salad leaves in the troughs, melons in the vivid, $5 buckets. Tomatoes, aubergines (eggplant, brinjal), fava beans (broad beans) and purple bush beans, cucumbers. I'm not sure how the tomato seedlings are going to do - they are quite yellow, and I suspect the organic potting soil from Miracle Gro was too rich, apart from appearing to be full of bark - it contains chicken manure. It was all I could find at my three hood stores. I really don't like Miracle Gro soil. What do I like for containers? Fafard. And worm compost from the LES Ecology Center, but it's too expensive and long a trip, alas, for my rooftop needs. I should have gone to GRDN, but I fell for the free delivery from the hardware store on Court Street...Maybe it'll be OK. I hate waiting.

And several Strawberry "Fern", ready to be mailed to their new home.

I am curious to see how the children of last year's strawberries will perform this year. I kept about eight plants, as well as the original three,  and gave another handful to my neighbour Danielle, whose terrace is next door to mine. All the little plants are preparing to push out flowers, and I will stop them from sending out runners this year, unless there is anybody else out there who like to have an ever-bearing strawberry plant! I look forward to this:

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