I also have some containers at my apartment, which I call my apartment garden. I have not done updates on that in a long time, so I will in this post.
At my apartment, I have gradually taken out all the veggies and just made it for flowers only. It only gets like 5 hours of sun, so thats not enough to successfully grow vegetables. I do grow lots of herbs, ginger, green onions, and flowers, for my own enjoyment and use at home.
There are also lots of tulip bulbs planted in each container which should sprout sometime in spring. I will have tons of flowers in it this spring. I'm especially looking forward to growing some snap dragons, gladiolus, and this awesome Queen Red Lime Zinnia, that I finally got the seed for.
|Queen Red Lime Zinnia. I hope mine come out like these.|
Now to my community garden plots.
All last week we finally had some cold weather! I dont like the cold weather, but my broccoli's do. I have a whole plot full of broccoli and red cabbage that was showing no signs of head formation. I think maybe the cold helped trigger head formation because now I start to see broccoli heads forming in my "Major" hybrid broccoli.
Both varities of broccoli were planted in this plot mid October, so they have been growing for about 2 months now.
I have plot #1 which was planted in mid September. I planted some of my "Packman" hybrid broccoli seedlings in this plot and I have harvested broccoli several times from these plants which are 1 month ahead.
Thats a crazy amount of growth! The angles of the photos are different. The bottom most round pot with the hose in it marks the beginning of my plot. I also fertilized this plot back in November for the first time so I'm sure that helped. I used Miracle Grow....unfortunately. I'm trying to learn how to make compost tea instead.
This is the middle of plot #2. Its a mess....I had no idea how to plan a garden, thus why I'm switching to the square foot gardening method. Anyways, bottom left is Bibb aka Limestone lettuce, direct sown Oct 21st and I have been harvesting for a few weeks now. The bright red stemmed plants are Bright Lights or neon Lights swiss chard. I dont like swiss chard...I should have tried some from the grocery store before I planted it. It makes for a really pretty plant, but it tastes rather bland and bitter when its raw. Usually people cook it down, but I'm not a fan of cooked greens either. Well, actually I've never had southern style cooked greens. So I really cant say. Urgh, guess I will try cooking it in something like a soup, before I totally never grow it again. Anyone have a good swiss chard recipe? Please comment below. Anyways, in the very center is another Ruby Perfection cabbage. To the right of it are some Blue Lake Bush Beans #274, which have just started producing beans. Then you might see a black mesh trellis right next to the bush beans, to the very upper right corner, which has some super sweet 100 tomatoes growing on it. Then to the back of the cabbage in the center, is spinach, Salad Select from Burpee, and Bok Choi.
So yea, thats it with the garden update.
On to another piece of news. I joined a garden forum called I Dig My Garden from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, which can be found here: http://idigmygarden.com/forums/index.php
I'm so glad I joined this forum because so many of my gardening questions have answers there or you can ask them. Plus they periodically do a free seed exchange within the members. The majority, if not ALL of my vegetables are hybrids, which I'm getting rid of because I want to save my seed every year. I dont want to be buying seeds all the time. So that means I have to invest in buying heirloom seeds. Its not like seeds are very expensive, but there is so much I want to try, therefore it gets expensive for me when I'm buying so much. So I just asked on the forum if anyone would be willing to send me some of their seeds if I sent them an envelope with the postage paid on it. I did not expect anyone to respond, two people did! I did not expect them to send me much, and the one that I have got so far, sent me a boat load of seeds. I was just shocked when I opened the package.
Included were: Cowpa "Black Crowder", Lettuce "Yellow Leaf Australian", Snow Pea "Oregon Sugar Pod II", Carrot "Muscade", Melon "Canary", Onion "White Portugal", Collards "Yellow Cabbage", Tomato "Fat Cherry", Bean "Dragon Tongue", Squash "Yellow Straight Neck", and Tomato "Pink Oxheart". Thats 11 types of seeds. A lot of this stuff I have never grown, seen, or eaten before. So I am very excited to try them all out.
|Found this image online|
|Found this image online.|
Something I am not familiar with are Yellow Cabbage Collards. What do you do with these? What are they exactly? I read online that they are in the family of cabbages, and are instead loose leaf. Some sources online say that they form a "head". I'm not sure if its a typical cabbage head though. So does that mean you eat the leaves like you would cabbage? Or are these meant to be cooked down, like southern style greens? They are also reportedly rare to find. Its an old southern heirloom plant that is grown by old southern families who dont readily share the seed. Thats what I read online anyways. As far as I read, these are a cold weather crop so I have to wait until fall to plant them.
|Yellow Cabbage Collards photo I found online.|