I’ve been behind in sharing the live garden updates from Facebook onto the blog. Here’s what you’ve missed if you haven’t been watching live on Tuesday evenings.
Backyard Garden Update 9/5
Backyard Garden Update 9/12
Backyard Garden Update 9/19 with Special Guest
Be sure to watch until the end!
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.
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.
Harvesting tomatoes was the main reason behind starting a garden. After one plant was stricken with some sort of bacteria, getting to the final stage with one of the tomato plants was a huge personal victory. When harvesting tomatoes, you want to make sure the orb is red/not green. The cherry tomatoes turned more of a purple-ish hue. To pluck them off all you do is lightly twist the sphere and it should pop off without much effort.
Enjoy this week’s video!
Another week documenting the progress of the DIY square-foot garden project. In this week’s update we see that the tomatoes are starting to change color, meet the first zucchini, and all hail kale.
If you are gardening along at home, please share your quandaries and successes.