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August 2018 in Jersey City Garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 August 2018 15:57
Time Flies...

Been too busy out there doin' it, but here are some shots of my garden in Jersey City Island section

Late summer in the garden

My valiant little Helvola Lily returns. This little guy has been going for 27 years, in spite of being dragged out by racoons, skunks, robins!! Got it in 1991. Love this little yellow tub garden water lily!

Happy Gardening!

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:25
July 2018 in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2018 16:17
Here is the latest. Greens, basil, tomatoes, cukes, cherry tomatoes, blackberries and pear. Enjoy.

Happy Gardening!

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2018 16:27
Winter Blooms 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:38

The NJ version of FROZEN outside here, January 5-7. However, indoors there are a few flowers blooming. Dragon's Ear Begonia, Christmas Cactus and Rosemary flowers. Enjoy.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 January 2018 13:49
November 2017 in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 November 2017 14:00
Here's one of the latest harvests:

Now that fall is here, the garden is closed down but there are still some herbs that can be grown inside to spice up your menu. Some herbs are better than others for winter indoor growing. Basil is an herb that needs direct sunlight. Grown inside it becomes leggy and the leaves don't have as much color or taste. It would probably work with a grow light, but like tomatoes it really seems to need the full spectrum of sunlight and heat.

Rosemary is an herb that starts to resemble a small bush as it grows larger. It does well in the full sun of a window. The leaves are like pine needles which may be why they retain their color and fragrance even when grown inside. When the plant puts out pretty little lavender/blue flowers it looks like a small flowering bush. It's a good choice for garnishing chicken, beef, lamb or fish. Adding a sprig of rosemary to a bottle of olive oil will lend the flavor of the rosemary to the oil over time.

Chives seem to grow well just about anywhere. They are a good choice to grow in a sunny kitchen window. They can be picked to add to foods as a garnish when you don't want to use onions. They are milder and add some green color to eggs, salads and vegetables.

Sage is another candidate for growing inside, but it needs the strongest sun you can find. The leaves are pebble textured and need to be trimmed to keep the plant healthy or the plant can grow leggy. Make sure not to over water it. Sage works well with pork, chicken, stuffing and as an antibacterial tea with honey.

These are few of the herbs that can be grown inside in the winter. The benefits of growing herbs inside include freshness, flavor and being organically grown because you don't have to fight with the usual pests in the winter. A sunny window, soil, nutrient and water are all you need to get started.

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 November 2017 14:08
Autumn 2017 in the garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 10:52
Harvest Time

October is almost over but the temperatures are still in the upper 60's. It's fine because it is more time for tomatoes, peppers, etc. to ripen. This year got off to a late start due to cold, rainy weather in May and June. Chinese cabbage, cherry tomatoes and basil were the best producers this year. Here are some season end photos.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:00
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