winter urban garden
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!
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Bounty Elite: First two weeks
December 15, 2017
On Thanksgiving weekend (aka Black Friday to Cyber Monday) we were lured to open our wallet by something that my fiance and I had been looking at buying for quite some time, The Miracle-Gro’s AeroGarden. If you’ve never seen one before, they’re desktop units that can support from 3 to 9 “pods” (aka plants) and have everything you need for an indoor, desktop based, hydroponic garden. The AeroGarden is the autopilot of the gardening world. As long as you can follow a few simple directions (adding water, nutrients, etc), you’re guaranteed to have plant growth. Miracle-Gro is so confident in this that all the standard pods offer a guarantee of germination (the plant sprouts) or they’ll replace it for free. So let’s talk about what we got in the first two weeks.
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).
Winter Urban Garden: First checkin
January 11, 2016
Dateline: 2015-12-07 It’s been about a week and a half since the winter garden was planted and things are looking fairly good. The plants were watered twice in the intervening time and also got a little extra from some much needed rain. There isn’t a ton to report since it’s been such a short amount of time, but nothing is dead (yet). Overall the GreenStalk makes for a tower of nature greenery in an otherwise concrete city. It is a surprisingly awesome sight to behold every time one looks out on the patio.
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.