Up On Our Rooftop–July 29, 2015

 

Now that it’s late July, we have lots of herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables growing up on our roof.

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Here’s the view looking toward Butler Street.

The beans that are growing on those trellises are going to be a fun surprise!

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We’ve planted lots of colorful hanging baskets for the railings.

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Here’s “Jay’s rose” which he tends to faithfully!

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Our eggplant plant has started to produce fruit.

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So have the pepper plants.

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The carrots are also growing well, along with some red sunflowers!

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We’ve been picking zucchini.

We made zucchini bread, and we’ll be making zucchini fries in a few days.

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We planted quite a few tomato plants.

These golden nugget tomatoes are ready to eat!

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The celery seedlings were donated by our friends Ed and Betsey.

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The view looking toward Hanson Street includes chit chat gladiolas, zinnias, onions, tomatoes, very large sunflowers, and lots of other plants tucked in.

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The pink and red flowers catch the eye!

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We’re trying a few of these new “perfect tomato cages” this year.

Their adjustable, easy to assemble and won’t take up much winter storage space.

So far, so good!

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Barbara really enjoyed photographing the beautiful gladiolas!

Stay tuned!

Theres more summer gardening adventures to come!

 

 

Photo Credits to Barbara C and Jay

 

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What’s Happening in Our Rooftop Garden

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This morning we spent a few minutes taking photos of our garden on the roof.

It’s been a very cold spring but things are starting to grow  up there!

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We have eggplant. Someone wondered if anyone likes eggplant?

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This is a new knock-out rosebush that we just planted after loosing last year’s to the rough winter.

Peggy says “I like that rose!”

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A few sunflowers grew from last year’s plants…

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and the sweet peas and beans are coming along nicely.

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We have lots of chamomile this  year. The flowers were closed because it was raining.

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The gang in room one planted four deck railing containers with geraniums, spike and vinca vine.

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The lovage is blooming.

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We grew  cucumber plants from small seeds.

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Barbara says that “the sweet potatoes are beautiful!”

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Onions, also grown from seed, are settling in.

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The tomatoes are growing very slowly.

Tomatoes like hot weather and it’s been cold.

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The asiatic lilies are almost blooming!

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We’ve had good luck with the zucchini so far.

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Zach planted these petunias and a little bit of coreopsis that came back from last year.

Soon this planter will be full of blooms!

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and the gladiolas will be blooming too!

There’s lots more to come! Our gardeners are busy here at Bass River, Inc!

Text and photos by Peggy, Barbara C and Michele

 

Bass River is Green for Earth Day and Every Day!

We do lots of things in a “green” way here at Bass River, Inc.

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One of Bass River’s cars is clean and running on electricity. We use plug in power and its fast!

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We pack  this lawn seed and send it to customers for the company. It uses less water and no chemicals.

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We plant seeds.

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We recycle yogurt cups!

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We use Energy Star appliances.

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We recycle coffee cans and water bottles.

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Recycling cans!

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We recycle paper.

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We put apple peels and banana skins in our compost bin and turn it.

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We also make compost using worms.

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We collect the sun to make electricity for our building.

Earth Day is a day to keep the world a better place!

Happy Earth Day!

Photos by Tanya, John P and John M.

Text by Nathan, Ellie, Danielle, Tanya, Jason, Laurie, Bill and Barbara

Signs of Spring

We’re seeing a few signs of spring around Bass River this week.
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Our amaryllis is blooming. It’s not really a sign of spring, but it’s pretty!imageThere’s flowers

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 and bulbs.

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We have some crocus blooming with the daffodils.

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And the onion seedlings are up!

Spring will be here very soon!

Photos by Peggy D.

Text by Steven and Michele

What’s This?

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We wondered…

We thought it could be

sticks,

or antlers

or maybe a cactus…

Then John smelled it and knew right away that it was ginger!

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So we soaked it overnight..

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filled the bottom of a flowerpot with stones…

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and added a soil mixture of half potting soil and half vermicompost.

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We dug a little hole and plunked it in!

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It’s ready to grow on a bed of rocks for extra humidity and we have fresh ginger to look forward to!

Post by Michele, with John C, Andrew A, Tanya, Ellie, Jay, Mike and Miguel