Thursday, May 30, 2013
All Plants on the Roof
The 2 melon varieties were transplanted on Monday so that means every rooftop container has been planted. I'm glad, now I no longer have to worry about the seedlings drying out in their little cups before I make it home from work.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Reading Round Up: Cheese Bank Edition
Hard Currency – Italy’s Unique Cheese Banks
Look, But Don’t Eat: Delicious Crocheted Dishes
Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered
Egyptians - Italy's new pizza makers
Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food
100 NYC restaurants commit to less food waste
Thursday, May 23, 2013
More Plants on the Roof
All of the peppers and and the rest of the tomatoes went in last weekend. All that's left to plant are the melons. 3, Planet F1 pepper plants went into the Southern Patio Jumbo Growing Tower on the right.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Reading Round Up: Red Alert Edition
Start Your Urban Homestead for One Dollar
Plants on red alert in the battle for light
Want to Keep Bees or Chickens in Boston? Now, There are Rules
Astrogarden Rover: How Can We Design a Garden for Mars?
Making Ice-Cream More Nutritious With Meat Left-Overs
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Alright, the rooftop garden is ready to go. Every container has been mulched and fertilized, limed too if they are used to grow tomatoes (helps prevent blossom end rot). All they need now are the plants and support cages. The tomato plants will be planted this week, the peppers some time next week and melons the week after.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Reading Round Up: Edible Furniture Edition
Slow motion video of kids trying new foods
Edible furniture for times of crisis
Marijuana mix-up: Brooklyn building superintendent, cops at first mistake tomato plants for pot
Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Try Your Neighbor’s Kitchen
Hong Kong’s farms transition to attract urban hobbyists
Thursday, May 9, 2013
New Plants on the Roof
On Deck corn is on the roof! The seeds were sowed at the beginning of May, once the overnight temps moved into the 50's. The netting keeps out any curious birds. I've been checking every day, but so far no signs of sprouting. This is my first time growing corn so I'm sure I'll be watching this container like a hawk the entire growing season.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Reading Round Up: Chicken Diapers Edition
Chicken Diapers? Urban Farming Spawns Accessory Lines
Taco Bell To Launch $1 Menu
Hell's Kitchen CSA Lets Veggie Fans Sponsor Shares for Needy Families
New York school goes all-vegetarian
How to properly eat an apple, core and all
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Rooftop Container Maintenance and Repair
Last weekend was warm enough to leave the roof door open so I ran the hose from the bathroom and used the rest of the new soil to fill my 2 largest self watering containers, the 26 and 22 gallon totes. Before the new soil was added the containers had to be cleaned and disinfected since I did not want to pass on any lingering disease from last year's tomato plant to this year's plant.