There’s been a bit of a backlog uploading these to the blog. Here are two videos for your viewing pleasure. Notable updates:
- Kale continues to thrive.
- The peapods are dead.
- Carrots are nearing harvest.
- Roma tomatoes have started to grow.
This year’s veggies aren’t nearly as strong as last year. The difference in the growth of the tomatoes and peppers on the side of the house versus inside the built box is significant. The main difference is the quality of soil. The box had the perfect mix or rich soil (compost, peat moss and vermiculite).
I have now lost track of the number of weeks for these garden updates and may be missing one of the weekly videos. Nevertheless, here is the latest for what I think is week 7.
Week three shows continued growth from our seedlings. Sugar snap peas, kale and radishes are the earliest to show signs of life.
Also working on adding the rain barrel into the mix to water the plants.
If you were asking yourself “what happened to week one?” that’s valid. Juggling multiple social platforms and a blog to grow a cult following as strong as last year’s kale presents unique challenges.
Each week I will live stream a garden update on Facebook. Eventually it will make its way here.
Im trying a new gardening strategy this year: moderate laziness. I commute downtown every week day and don’t have a lot of time to prune. Most days I have just enough time to ogle and water my sprouting plants. This year I’ll share tips I learn along the way to be efficient with your gardening time.
If you’re a gardener, please share your tips in the comments and share this with the plant growers and plant killers.
Looking forward to the growing year ahead!
Apologies the video is in portrait. I’m working on it.
After strong winds, the garden is mostly intact and some plants are leaning. The cherry tomatoes are still growing at a rapid pace. The race now is if any of the tomatillos, poblano peppers and zucchini will get to full size before frost.
I am not sure if I’d watch a film by that name if it appeared on Netflix, but I would linger. This week’s video highlights how the zucchini and tomatillo plants have commandeered the garden box. Rather than stay in their respective squares, they have launched a sprawl campaign against all the other squares. If this were a game of Risk, they’d have all the map under their control.
What do you do when your plants are growing too well? The lesson for this first-time backyard gardener is to prune and isolate sprawling plants. Zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes and tomatillos take up a ton of space. There is no way to corral them and pruning requires more expertise. Next year I plan on removing these plants from the box and planting in their own box or with plenty of space to roam.