Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 8 weeks in – serious tomato action
January 22, 2018
Just two months ago we bought a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty Elite as a Black Friday deal. Previously I covered the activity in the first two weeks of growth. At the time I felt it was surprisingly fast and continue to feel that way. In just 6 weeks from planting we’d grown from pods, to sproutlings, to decent sized plants with flowers, to visible tomatoes! So now it’s just a matter of time until they mature and we’ve got tasty snacks in the middle of winter!
Winter Urban Garden: Rogue Tomatoes?!
April 7, 2016
Dateline: 2016-04-07 Last year about this time our little Urban Garden (then summer garden) got a fair upgrade, including our first tomato plant. Within a month, we imported 10 more tomato plants from the girlfriend’s house. However, come September the season was over and no more tomatoes were to be had. While we hadn’t planted our summer garden yet, a rogue tomato has decided that “It’s time”. To be clear, this is a tomato that regrew itself in one of the pots left out over the winter AND was possibly a regrowth the year before as well – a very hardy plant!
Winter Urban Garden: Salad time!
February 8, 2016
Dateline: 2016-01-21 As promised in the last post, this one is all about the fruits (well, technically vegetables) of our garden labor. The lettuce has gotten ripe, very ripe. In fact I suspect that it was allowed to go slightly too long. Some of the leaves were starting to yellow and overall the plants were starting to get unruly. So let the nom begin.
Winter Urban Garden: All the lettuce!
January 28, 2016
Dateline: 2016-01-10 The holidays have come and gone, but the urban garden is not forgotten. While we were gone for Christmas and New Years, the plants have survived. Fortunately for the green things it’s continued to be a wet winter in San Francisco. Unfortunately for said plants, it’s also been quite cold. We’ve had a few days of frost warnings and several more that were cold, but not quite cold enough for the warnings.
Winter Urban Garden: I have no idea how to water
January 14, 2016
Dateline: 2015-12-17 The GreenStalk Garden System that I’m using provides many cool features, including a handy water reservoir. As you can see from the image it provides markings for how much water to add based on the number of tiers your using. The only problem is that it also has a sizable drain to flow down to the lower tiers. Filling it up to the “5” mark is almost impossible (or at least requires a HUGE amount of water) since it drains quickly. So I’m back to “winging it” for watering. Fortunately we’ve had a bit of rain in SF this winter so far, so the plants won’t die (yet).
Planting the Winter Urban Garden
December 16, 2015
Dateline: 2015-11-24 Time was of the essence. The trip to Half Moon Bay Nursery was a huge success and lots of plants were ready to be planted. However there was a kink in the works, by the end of the night we’d be off to our Thanksgiving holiday. Being gone for the better part of a week without getting our sproutlings in the ground sounded like a Bad Idea™ so the clock was ticking to start planting. Since there was no time to waste, I started planting first thing in the morning.
Winter Urban Garden Shopping: Half Moon Bay Nursery
December 4, 2015
Dateline: 2015-11-22 Way back in September, at the end of the summer season, we talked about ours plans for a winter crop. Unfortunately for “life happens” reasons, we didn’t really get around to doing much until November. It’s a little late to get planting for winter, but San Francisco winters are mild and we figured it was worth a shot anyway. A few weeks ago we tried Home Depot for winter plant products… and it was depressing. However with a little research I found the Half Moon Bay Nursery which is less than 30 minutes from SF. It gets mentioned on all sorts of nursery lists for the Bay Area and its Yelp reviews are hard to pass up. Streams of rave reviews like “a destination for any California gardener”, “Best nursery around”, and “has just about anything that you can imagine” sold me, so off we went.
The sadness of Home Depot gardening
November 16, 2015
This weekend was supposed to be the start of the Winter Garden series, so a jaunt to Home Depot was in order for some new (more winter friendly plants). As you can see on the right, that didn’t go so well. The pictured area is the open area of the Home Depot nursery where they normally have rows of plants. I realize it’s a little late to get started, but winter hasn’t even arrived in full force yet!
Urban Garden: The end of a season
September 18, 2015
Dateline: 2015-09-13 It’s been a few months since we’ve visited the garden. The time flew by and since then our lovely little urban greenery was growing along just fine. Sure we’ve lost a plant or two over the season and had some bug infestations, but nothing earth shattering. Unfortunately the tomatoes have started to look a bit… sad. Partially we had a bit of a watering issue, but mostly it was the end of their season. We could have goosed them a long for a bit longer with this crazy San Francisco weather we’ve been having (record highs, cold and rainy, record highs… over just 2 weeks), but it was time to call it.
Urban garden looking healthy and producing
August 14, 2015
Dateline: 2015-07-13 The garden continues to look really good. As you can see everything is green and lush, exactly what you’d hope for out of a garden. We’ve started to see some of the cherry tomatoes popup, but nothing edible yet. For the most part, the garden hasn’t required much maintenance beyond watering everyday (or every other day, depending on the heat) and trimming back the tomatoes. As they are bush type plants, then like to grow outwards, if you let them.
The urban garden gets eaten
August 5, 2015
It is ready! Date Line: 2015-07-06 Our last visit to the garden was a week ago, but it was finally time. In the intervening week, there had been a very warm 4th of July weekend. That heat was just what we need to kick it over the edge. All the waiting, all the patience, it was all for this moment. It is ready for harvesting!
The urban garden goes experimental
July 27, 2015
Date Line: 2015-06-28 It hasn’t been long since our last visit to the garden, less than a week in fact. However I had some free time and decided an experiment was in order. What you see pictured to the right is the mint plant, which had done fairly well since I replanted it way back in April. Unfortunately, it had done so well since some of the new shoots were dying and all of the leaves were stunted in size. The mint had outgrown its pot, again.
Urban garden goes bananas for tomatoes
July 14, 2015
Dateline: 2015-06-07 Basil has been doing decently Since we left the garden about 6 weeks ago, the growth has been solid. The basil has been coming along decently and a number of the “kit” veggies have started to sprout. We’ve even had some great successes on the Tomato front, including the import of ~10 more tomato plants. Frankly I was amazed most everything had survived the experiment so long. My past history with plants is… best left to the plastic kind. I was really getting into this gardening thing!
Urban garden gets an overhaul
July 13, 2015
Dateline: 2015-04-19 Location: Patio Status: Overgrown. Report as follows. So this post is about 3 months late in getting written. While I never intended to let my “Urban Gardening” series wither, I haven’t had time to feed it until now. Expect a few more in the series with a dateline that varies wildly from today.
Adventures in urban gardening!
February 8, 2015
A good friend of mine has been bugging me for a while to try getting some plants at home. Historically I’ve had what most people would call a “brown thumb“. However, my friend convinced me to give it a shot. So today I’m starting a new series of posts chronicling my adventures in urban gardening. I’ve got a standard San Francisco apartment, however I do have a small patio so most of my plants will be able to enjoy the great outdoors (or at least I-280).