Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Is Here

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden

Now that fall has officially arrived most of the containers have been packed away for the rest of the year. Black trash bags cover the planters to keep them light and dry, and to prevent weeds from growing and removing nutrients from the soil.

The Sun Gold is still producing fruit, but I'll take it down this weekend when evening temps are supposed to dip into the 50's.

To prevent water from collecting on the covers I placed pieces of wood under the pots to angle the surface, so it just drains off.

The fall crops slowly making their way to maturity.

Note the empty cup, another seedling lost. Last week I wasn't sure if it was an animal or the weather taking the seedlings, now I'm leaning toward animal, most likely a bird.

If you're going to take it at least have the decency to eat it!

In the photo above you can see one of the leaves missing on a remaining seedling. If rain was the cause the leaf would have still been in the wind collar. Wind tears/shreds, so the cut wouldn't be so neat. All of this leads me to think a bird snipped it off with their beak. I'll just buy some netting for next year.

I had no idea bees liked beer.

I'm glad I noticed him before I took another sip. It took several minutes for him to die, I would've broken down into tears if I ended up with a bee wriggling in my mouth. This is the last time I will ever leave my drink unattended or uncovered on the roof.

Since the summer garden is done for the year now is the perfect time for me to take a break from garden blogging. I'll relax and decompress, read some books instead of the rss feed, visit family and friends, and maybe do a little art. I promise not to disappear until next year though. When I return in November I'll update you on the fall planted crops, give away my summer seeds and resume the indoor vegetable gardening experiment!

Cherry Tomato (Sun Gold): 11.4 ounces

This Harvest: 11.4 ounces

Running Weight Total 2011: 53 pounds, 2.9 ounces

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  1. yellow jackets LOVE beer

  2. Oh man, it probably was a wasp, imagine swallowing that!

  3. Yuck about the bug, but you have some great advice with your plant unpdates.

  4. Love the plant updates so true and very nice set up.


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