Thursday, July 31, 2014

No News Is Good News

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Nothing exciting to report. Just watering and harvesting my way through  summer. No aphids, which I find somewhat unbelievable, but I'll take it. No more tomato hornworms. The Lil Keeper melon plants have a mild spider mite problem, but all of the fruits are close to maturity so I'm not worried about it. And besides the Beaverlodge tomato plant no signs of disease. This summer is turning out to be the most uneventful growing season I've ever had on the roof. Let's hope its stays that way!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reading Round Up: Xameleon Edition

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A San Francisco Startup Has Plans To Blow Up The Egg Industry

Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

Two Chelsea Restaurants Grow Fruits and Veggies on a Rooftop Aeroponic Garden

The Soylent Subculture: 10 People Tell Us What It's Like Living on Powdered Food

Physicist-Turned-Cook Invents Ice Cream That Changes Color as It Melts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Unwanted Garden Visitor

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Daily monitoring has caught a pest in the garden, but otherwise the rooftop crops are doing well. Right now I'm watering every 3rd day, which is much nicer than watering every single day. Compact plants growing in containers with large water reservoirs is definitely the way to go for a relatively low maintenance rooftop vegetable garden. Depending on the temperature I can sometimes get away with watering every 4th day, but I prefer to err on the side of caution and stick to watering every 3rd day.

My only problem happens during the week, when I sometimes forget if I watered on the previous Sunday or the previous Saturday, which means the plants sometimes get watered every 4th day instead of every 3rd. 4th day watering is only a problem when there's been a string of consecutive hot days (high 80's or 90's). I can tell I've made this mistake when I come back from work and find wilted eggplant leaves. The large leaves of the eggplant make it very easy to notice if they're wilting. I've done this only a couple of times though so there's been no lasting side effects to the garden.

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