Thursday, April 26, 2012

Indoor Vegetable Gardening Harvest: Carrots

I wanted to wait another week to harvest these, but I needed the windowsill space to start my melon seeds, so out they came.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Reading Round Up: Twinkies Edition

The Legumes of War: How Peanuts Fed the Confederacy

Japanese Goggles Make Food Look Bigger, Help You Lose Weight

Strike threat at Hostess could kill off Twinkies

Dutch Insect Cookbook Will Have You Eat Bugs

Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity

Brain freeze found: scientists uncover the cause of ice-cream induced pain

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Preparing for the Unexpected

I'm not sure what this year's summer will bring in terms of high temperatures, but I'm preparing for the worst. I can't build any large, elaborate structures to help keep the plants cool, the wind will knock down anything too big, plus I live in a rental so whatever I make must be removable, so instead I focused on smaller fixes.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Reading Round Up: SushiBot Edition

Hey , NYC: Get growing! Bucolic Bushwick is in the NY Post!

SushiBot Rolls Out 3,600 Pieces per Hour

Michigan State Proposes 100-acre, $100-million Urban-farming Research Center In Detroit

Master Gardeners: The dirt on soil problems

“Aztec” cuisine breeds gourmet taste for rare bugs

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Growing Flowers to Attract Beneficial Insects

When I first started vegetable gardening I used all my pots to grow vegetables. I have zero interest in ornamental gardening so I saw no point in growing flowers. Over time I've learned that flowers do have a place in an edible garden.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reading Round Up: Peeps Show Edition

Peeps Show VI: Power to the Peeps

Use of Common Pesticide, Imidacloprid, Linked to Bee Colony Collapse

PowerPot uses cooking heat to power campers' devices

Ice cream prices to soar during summer as world faces vanilla pod shortage

How Coral Bleaching Could Lead to Famine

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Almost Two Weeks Later...

It's been 12 days since 2012 rooftop vegetable seeds were started. Most of the seeds have sprouted and grown seed leaves (cotyledons).

As soon as the more than half the seeds sprouted I removed the dome to improve air circulation. Last year I had a problem with damping off due to poor air circulation so I'm very eager to avoid this problem this year.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Reading Round Up: Placenta Edition

NYC’s first urban farming shop opens April 4th

I Regret Eating My Placenta

Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control

Solar Cooker is a solution for emergency

42 Flowers You Can Eat

Avalanche research aids search for tastier ice cream