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

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

Almost There

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.

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.