Have you seen bees around?

Today looks like a great day for putting plants outside, tilling the soil in the box etc,. I’ve been watching the apricot tree’s blossoms and have only seen a few flies and small bees, (not bumble or honey bees) Has anyone else out there been observing bee activity? I live in Jersey City and have heard these types of bees are going to miss the blossom season cause they aren’t here or awake yet…

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Ready for the Growing Season

Spent about and hour yesterday pulling weeds from the square foot box and turning the soil. I bought two 40 lb bags of top soil to replenish the 6’ by 4’ box. Planning on adding another 3 to 4 ft by 4ft box in front of this one to extend the amount I can grow. The weather here is so unpredictable, I have snow peas, chard, kale and lettuce started but they will not dig (haha) the hot weather predicted for next week. We do need a spring here before we head into the summer temperatures!! We might have to put the translucent plastic over the top of the box again to protect the seedlings that were started inside from strong sun and hot temperatures… Visit http://www.mycitygarden.net for more on gardening in the city. See the Gardening in the City blog for info (use the search box) on building your own raised bed boxes.

peas, chard, lettuce, kale, etc. started

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Spring has sprung

Enjoy. Tulips and pear tree blooms

White and Red Tulip

White and Red Tulip

Dwarf Pear Blossoms

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GroundHog Day

Can spring be that far away? Both Aerogardens are producing now. Cherry Tomatoes first harvest already of yellow and red varieties. The greens (mesclun) are still going strong. Greens have to be harvested and trimmed back or they will go to seed and become bitter…

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Winter Salad

Winter Salad

This salad was grown here in a coldframe (beet greens) and mesclun mix (grown indoors in theaerogarden.)   Still waiting on the cherry tomatoes  (red and yellow) in another aerogarden

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Summer is here

Grown in a Jersey City yard.

Grown in a Jersey City yard.

The garden is going full force with flowers and salad fixings.

Here’s an example of an urban garden salad grown entirely in a rowhouse yard in Jersey City, NJ:

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Urban Gardening in Jersey City

Here is a pic of the garden so far here in Jersey. We’ve started both cherry and beefsteak tomaotes (to put in the ground soon) and have several windox boxes of greens on the fence… (due to the groundhogs).

The smaller shot is of the patio entrance. So far we’ve got rosemary, lavender, basil and chives growing along with flowers. Visit www.mycitygarden.net for more info.

Lettuce

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Aeroponics experiment


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Here is a photo of the aeroponics experiment. I have a parts list if anyone is
interested. This was started back in late March. The parts were from Home Depot, Martin’s (Jersey City), Home Depot (Manhattan), Drs.Foster and Smith.com (aquarium products). The seed holders were recycled from an Aerogarden (which I also own). In terms of ease of use, the AeroGarden

is a lot simpler to run. The lights provided with it were superior to the 65 W grow bulb. The plants here are now outside in pots.

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An urban garden site for Jersey City/NYC area

This site has lots of links and info on green stuff from local farmer’s markets to growing things in an apartment or a small city yard. They just starting and are looking for people to contribute tips on growing, green living and eating, etc. Drop by and leave a note.

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First tomato sprouts!

April 26:  The tomatos have long roots now and secondary sets of leaves. They are moving right along. Still waiting for my plants to be shipped from Burpee. For the aeroponics experiment I follow the number of hours the plants would have in the sun outside.  I think plants like a rest sometimes too.  Hmm, the way they are talking about food and fuel lately I think we should put up FOOD skyscrapers and perhaps barges on the rivers too.  It would sure cut the use of gas to move stuff and in some cases use of chemicals, herbicides, fertilizers, etc.  Why WHO would think this was not a good idea? Let me guess. The usual suspects.

My adventure in home-made aeroponics seems to be working — the first set of leaves have appeared…. (Right after I chickened out and ordered some cherry tomato plants, however those will be soil planted in pots or boxes..) The aim for me is (living in an urban area where supermarkets are scarce and prices expensive) is to grow my own salad makings, greens, small tomatoes and herbs. I have a commerical aeroponics unit now that is growing herbs for me and I have a TINY yard, a SE facing bay window and smaller window and kitchen and bedroom windows that face NW.

It’s great to see more people getting the growing bug, and I believe everyone can benefit from growing at least a small part of what they eat…The roof looks good and I’m researching the benefits of a green roof (so far Chicago seems to be leading the country in this movement)

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