The summer solstice brings blinding sun and sizzling temperatures to the city garden. Days like today require a watering in the morning and again in the evening. The scarlet runner beans were attacked by some invisible enemy, but they may recover. Cabbage worms and aphids are jerks, but a little garlic and pepper spray seems to keep them at bay. Nearly all the spring greens have been harvested, as have the first beets, fennel, peas, and some garbanzo beans. Every morning, we bring in a handful or two of ground cherries.
Heirloom tomatoes: green zebra and Omar’s Lebanese
Tall telephone peas and the first blossoms of eggplant
The melon feels a bit behind schedule. Since we’re on the seventh floor, the cucumbers require hand pollination. (It’s not as dirty as it sounds.)
View through the garbanzo beans, and view toward the young willow tree.
I have this big idea to turn my Manhattan terrace into a vertical garden. I’ve spent a crazy amount of time flipping through urban gardening articles and watching D.I.Y. YouTube videos, and still I have no idea what I’m doing.
Here’s what I do know:
I’m following the square foot method, since it seems like the most straightforward technique for container gardening.
I sowed leek, pepper, eggplant, and artichoke seeds about one week ago in an egg carton on my windowsill. Most of the seeds have germinated. Simple magic.
Read what you’d like, but nothing beats some sound advice from actual people, like Toni at Boulder Locavore and my friend Danny.
It’s best to grow in a southern facing location with 8-10 hours of direct sunlight. I have an eastern facing terrace that gets 6-7 hours of smoggy sunlight.
I’ve read it’s best to start with just a few plants your first year of gardening. I’ve ordered 40 seed packets…