Thursday, March 29, 2012

Starting 2012 Rooftop Vegetable Seeds

The rooftop vegetable seeds were started last Saturday. The indoor carrots were moved to the side so that the only thing under the grow light is the seed starting dome.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Reading Round Up: Self Heating Food Edition

Is self-heating food the future?

New Zealand faces shortage of beloved breakfast spread

Something to Chew On: Healthier Hot Dogs Substitute Cellulose for Saturated Fats

This is the year you garden

Coconut and mango waste could help power Asia

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Reading Round Up: Film Farming Edition

Scientists working at creating allergy-free eggs

Is future in film farming?

Rooftop farm for Brooklyn Navy yard

Chinese Fish for Meaning in U.S. Carp Rampage

Apple’s new ‘campus’ to include hundreds of fruit trees for 14,200 employees in Cupertino

Eating any red meat hastens death

Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 Rooftop Vegetable Seed Selections

Charantais Melon - Hakucho Hybrid
Cherry Tomato - Black Cherry
Eggplant - Pingtung Long
Shelling Peas - Caselode
Sweet Pepper - Flexum Hybrid
Sweet Pepper - Giant Aconcagua
Tomato - Mountain Magic (F1)
Tomato - Summertime Green

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Reading Round Up: Wonderbag Edition

I Am the Lorax, I Speak for Rainbow Sprinkle Pancakes and Mazda SUVs

In the developed world a 'Wonderbag' will save you money - elsewhere it helps save lives

Yes, skeptics, Olive Garden does have a Tuscan culinary institute

Stop-Motion Guacamole

Coke and Pepsi Change Recipes to Avoid Printing Cancer Warnings

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Indoor Vegetable Gardening Carrots and Soybeans

It's been about a month since I planted the carrot and soybean seeds indoors. I think they look pretty good, no signs of disease and the leaves are a nice healthy green.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Reading Round Up: McRibster Edition

Urban Farming with Kids: Seeking Simplicity Through Seeds, Chicks, and More

Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bar Is Real, But Not Yet Available, Says Girl Scouts

London 2012: Growing for gold with Olympic gardening

McDonald’s Austria Has A Deep-Fried McRib

Determine food freshness with edible silk stickers

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Have you started your seeds yet?

Have you started your seeds yet? When is your target planting date?

It's still too early for me, I won't start mine until the 4th week of March. That may not seem like enough time for the plants to mature, but having a heat mat and grow light really accelerates plant growth. They cut off at least a week's worth of time, if not more, from the seed sowing schedule. Last year was my first year with a grow light and I underestimated its effect on the seedlings. They got so large before the weather warmed up that I had to stop fertilizing them in order to slow their growth.

My target planting date is mid May. Given how mild the winter has been though, things might warm up sooner this year. I'll wait and see what the next few months bring and reassess my schedule by May 1st. If the overnight soil temperature in the containers is warm enough I'll move up my schedule, if not I can wait.

I've come to realize there's no point in hustling plants outside, no matter how eager you are to start gardening. If it's too cold for the plants they'll just sit there and sulk until it warms up. You can even permanently stunt the growth of certain vegetable varieties if you put them out too early. It's better to be safe than sorry, waiting one or two weeks to put plants out doesn't hurt.

Hmmm, maybe I should add that to my rooftop vegetable gardening tips. What do you think?

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