I had a few jalapeño plants for sale at my shop, but when they didn’t have any takers are were starting to sprout some baby peppers they became fair game for me! Unfortunately they had a bit of an aphid problem that seemed to come out of nowhere, and instead of battling the little buggers I decided to harvest the peppers and toss the plants. I can’t wait to dig in!!
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Well, technically there is some fun in the garden. Some fun-gi. I went out to putter in the boxes this evening and was surprised to find this nasty little fungus taking over one of my carrot boxes. And it popped up basically over night as I poked around last night as well. The horror!
After asking my local Farm & Food group gurus if it was time to panic, I was told this particular fungus is called auricularia and shouldn’t pose any threat to my carrots – just looks kinda gross. It is also known as the Jelly Ear, or Jew’s Ear. And I’m sure no one is surprised that folks in China eat it. Seriously. I don’t think I will be eating it any time soon (or ever, thank you) and will instead be pulling it out of the box with rubber gloves and a possible gagging sound (I overreact, ok?). You can find out some more information about this pretty-anywhere-else-but-not-in-my-garden growth here.
I recently took a quick trip back to NY to visit the family and drink beer I don’t normally have access to (there were also chicken wings, but that’s a story for a different time). I had forgotten how choosing a salad for the 3 of us to have with dinner was a little Three Little Bears. My dad likes straight iceburg lettuce. I like the plain iceburg with a few extra frills (actual lettuce bits) but my mom is really into what I call “grass clipping” type salads – all the greens and then some. So when I’m not there playing Middle Bear, they lettuce spectrum is pretty wide. After a bit of discussion, we got some seeds and a box and my mom is on her way to growing her own “grass clipping variety lettuce” all for herself!
It’s the cheapest and easiest every day kinda eats you can do and with even just a small container, you’ll be in greens all summer. I dump the entire seed pack in the box and as the little shoots grow in, they are thinned into salads and garnishes, and if you vary where you clip, the plants will continue to produce for you well into the fall. Lettuce likes it cool, with a little sunlight, but not baking all day. Keep well watered and they will reward you in kind.
After polling the customers in my shop and realizing they were super interested in jarred herbs and things year round (not just at the Farmers Market) I have started an extra grow project in our greenhouse (read: spare bedroom). Recycled jars that I’ve been hoarding forever (because some day I will need them!) have been filled with a layer of river pebbles (for drainage) and dirt, and topped with all sorts of herb seeds…from basil, to oregano, rosemary and cilantro, I’m ready to grow some delicious countertop greens for folks.
And then there were the tin cans….I couldn’t let them go to waste without a purpose, so those are holding a mix of greens made especially for cats. It encourages them to chew and gives them vital things they need (that’s what the package said so I’m sticking to it). Another layer of river rocks for drainage, some dirt, and seeds and viola! Cat grass! I’ve been wracking my brain for a cool label (because no one wants my actual white bean/corn/black bean cans) and poked through the fabric stash to come up with a quick no fuss cover. Measure, cut, hold glue. Done.
It’s that time of year: time to get those seedlings a’sproutin for this years new and improved urban garden! I learned a lot from our adventures last year and I’m ready to make this one the best one yet.
Thus far I have the tomatoes, jalapenos, squash and cucumbers starting in the greenhouse (read: spare bedroom). As soon as the squash outgrow their tiny pots here, they will be moved to my storefront (with huge windows) to further grow inside before they can start their lives outside. Herbs in jars have also been started as there was a huge response when my storefront customers were polled.
One of our avocado pits was planted last week and this one is almost ready. Lots of great “growing” energy in the house. I love it!