1. Emerald and Red Ruby Head Lettuce…very lovely when planted together. 

     
  2. Today’s awesome harvest!

    From left to right two Candy Onions, green onions, basil, a rainbow of peppers: jalapenos (which I think I left to long on the plant and the skins cracked), banana, hot hungarian, chilli, cherry tomatoes, and mixed lettuce greens.

    Yums!

    In other garden news:

    Cucumber Beetles are jerks. Not sure where they came from but they are definitely interested in the cukes, zukes, and watermelons. I squash them!

    You know who else is a jerk, Stinkbugs. Never heard of them before I found weird beige freckles on a few cherry tomatoes, then on a few yellow tomatoes, and then the telltale neon green egg. I squash them too! There is a lot of squashing going on.

    And we’re making salads every day! :)

    That’s all! Have a nice weekend!

     
  3. This was last friday’s harvest - couple Mountain Princess tomatoes, lettuce, 2 cucumbers, and a handful of potatoes (enough for 2). 

    Yum Yum Yum.

    Gardener’s Observation: The skins on the tomatoes and cukes are pretty tough. My grandpa says this is because they are grown outdoors in the elements as opposed to a greenhouse. 

     
  4. Today’s lettuce and green onion harvest! (Australian Yellow Lettuce, Ruby and Emerald Head Lettuce, and Arugula)

    …and my new harvest basket!

     
  5. This is our new arugula. Its a variety called Astro which is supposed to be more drought tolerant and heat resistant. Here’s hoping it can deal with the heat of the roof better then the last one. I’ve seeded 4 kale plants down the centre.

    The yellow leaf Australian lettuce is also doing well. Thinning the heads out has helped a great deal and we’re getting much bushier and robust plants.

    You can see here what’s going on with the other pea plants. The lettuce in the container is doing great but the peas are turning yellow and then drying up. At first I thought this was a heat issue and I moved them to a shadier location. Then I thought maybe its drainage - and went nutso with my drill. Then I thought maybe they’re hungry and gave them some compost. Now I’m confused. They are still trying to produce.

    My newest theory is that it might be the dirt. I planted these peas in leftover dirt from our neighbours’ last year’s planters as my dirt had not yet arrived. Maybe there’s something in the dirt. But the lettuce seems unaffected. 

    Its a mystery.

     
  6. Our lettuce harvest last week. As you can see the greens are growing great!

    Our radish harvest was short lived - seems like its too hot on the roof for the little guys. They bolt right away, flower pretty quickly after and go to seed. I’m going to try and collect some of the seeds so its not a total waste. Live and learn! Next year I have to start earlier - maybe in March…or earlier if we get another mild winter. 

     
  7. Greenery Update: We started munching on our head lettuce and mixed greens last week. There isn’t a ton but enough for two people every other day or so. We’re working on thinning out the head lettuce by eating the big ones and making space for the remaining ones to grow in. 

    You can see some of the radishes in the photo too. They are still pretty small which has me a bit worried. Is it too hot? I think they might need thinning too (they should be about an inch apart). So they’ll get tossed into the next salad. Same thing for the arugula - I think I need to increase the spacing. 

    The peas look good though! About 4” tall now and bushy!

     
  8. Today’s harvest: Basket of mixed greens & two strawberries (missing from the photo because we munched them back). 

    Today’s new addition: This lovely birdhouse (don’t get distracted by the hunk in front of it). Vacant and ready for tenancy! Chirp the word!

     
  9. Lots of greens coming up!

     
  10. This year arugula and lettuce are living in the BioTop. The lettuce I’m growing is called Grand Rapids (top). Italian Arugula on the bottom.

    Using recycled plastic cutlery from studio production for labels (so much gets thrown out, might as well put it to use). :D