Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fruitful Changes

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

I don't want to get too excited in case I'm wrong, but I think some female flowers on the melon plants have finally been pollinated.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Reading Round Up: Mini Cupcakes Edition

Fat Substitutes May Make You Fatter

More than just a green space: Deep in Brooklyn, two farmers are redefining the notion of a "community garden"

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Where Are My Melons?

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

Don't the melon plants look fantastic? Now if I could just get some melons to go with them everything would be great! I guess my hand pollinating efforts have failed, I'll keep on trying though. Last year I got 3 melons out of 2 plants with no hand pollination. I thought I could easily do better this year since I had a better handle on how to grow these plants, but now I'm getting worried.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Reading Round Up: Sh*t Burger Edition

Every Bride Expects a Lovely Food Truck

Can Highway Farmers' Markets Beat Rest Stop Food?

The 12 Dirtiest and 15 Cleanest Fruits and Vegetables

Fly Larvae Used to Remove Organic Waste on an Industrial Scale

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Reading Round Up: Super Wheat Edition

Small U.S. Farms Find Profit in Tourism

Tree Grape: Form, Function, and Flavor of a Grape on an African Tree

Urban Farming in the Heart of Atlanta

German E. coli outbreak: "It is the sprouts." I feel like it's always the sprouts. I don't think I've eaten sprouts since I've subscribed to Food Safety News.

Help your plants survive vacations

Yum. Human breast milk produced by genetically modified cows.

Gardening without actually having a garden. Save some money, skip the pot entirely and plant directly into a bag of soil.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ugh Too Hot!

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

FRAK, it's hot outside! These photos are a couple of days old because on 90+ degree days I don't step out on the roof until it's too dark to take pics.

At this time of year I usually water the plants every 3 or 4 days, but due to the recent crazy temps I've been watering everyday. I could probably get away with watering every other day, but I want to play it safe. If a plant runs out of water it becomes extremely stressed and the more stress a plant is under the more vulnerable it is to disease and pests. Obviously I'm hoping to avoid this situation.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Brooklyn: Enter to win a custom SIP windowbox + $75 in plants!

Nicole from Brooklyn Based was kind enough to let me know of a contest they are running to give away a custom built SIP windowbox. The winner will also receive a $75 credit toward plants and soil at the nursery of their choice.

Plus, even if you don't win, the first 25 entrants will receive 20% off window boxes, potting mix and starter plants at either Jungle Design in Williamsburg, Kings County Nurseries in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Chelsea Garden Center in Red Hook, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Garden Shop in Prospect Heights or Dig on Atlantic Avenue.

Hurry and enter, the contest ends June 9th. Good luck!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunny, Dry Weather Leads to Fantastic Garden Growth

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden Melon Plant

One of the melon plants finally found the reed fence. The other melon plant is growing toward the fence as well so it should attach itself in a few days.