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

 

Time to Weed and Plant Some Basil!

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Today when we took the cover off of our cold frame we found lettuce, spinach, chamomile and lots of weeds!

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John, Scott and Jay took the weeds out.

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We started this basil downstairs under our lights a few weeks ago.

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We thought we’d plant some of it under the cold frame to see if it will stay warm enough to grow.

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We planted it where most of the weeds had been.

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Then we watered it and put the cover back on.

Maybe we’ll make some pesto soon?

Post by, Scott, John M., Jay and Michele

 

 

 

Repotting Impatiens Seedlings

A few weeks ago we planted impatiens seedlings. Our seedlings were starting to get a bit leggy (tall) so we decided to repot them and spread them out. This will give them the opportunity to form strong root systems and nice, healthy plants.

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imageWe filled recycled yogurt containers with loose  soil,

imagethen we gently scooped out two or three seedlings.

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imageAnd they were ready to be placed back back under the grow lights.

Hopefully we’ll have twenty or twenty five plants ready to use in our new shade garden this summer.

More on that project soon 😉

Happy Spring!

Post by Mike G, Stephanie, Terrance and Michele

 

 

Signs of Spring

Today we’re enjoying the first day of spring up on our rooftop garden.

We saw lots of signs of spring!

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Under the cold frame we found lettuce and spinach that we planted in the fall.

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Iceberg lettuce seedlings

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Chamomile, dill and cilantro

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We planted some lettuce together!

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The chives are growing!

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There are leaves on the butterfly bush!

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Buds on the apple tree

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and the wormwood made it through the winter!

Happy Spring!

post by, Peggi, BJ, Shoba and Michele

Making Pots From Newspaper

Here’s another fun activity that we did this week to help us get ready for spring.

We made seedling pots from newspaper!

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We used a sheet of newspaper, a soup can and a little bit of tape.

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First we folded the newspaper in half lengthwise…

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then we rolled it tightly over the soup can.

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We folded it in, creating the bottom of the pot and used a piece of tape to hold it together.

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Then we slid the can out and we had a pot shape!

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We folded in the top edge to give it stability.

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And we had created a nice pot, ready for some seed starting soil and seeds. When the seedlings are ready, we’ll be able to plant them right into the ground because newspaper is highly biodegradable and a good source of carbon, and the inks are made with natural earth pigments and soy.

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Now we have a box of pots ready for our seeds!

Post by Michele and Jesse, with Scott, Danny, Steven, John C, Tanya, Laurie, Mike G and Bill M.

Seed Tape

This week we spent some time preparing for spring by making seed tape.

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We started with flour, seeds and a roll of good quality two ply toilet paper.

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We made a simple flour paste by adding water.

Using one part flour to two parts water seems to work well.

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We cut off sections of the paper then folded it lengthwise twice.

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The first fold made the paper stronger and the second fold scored it so the seeds would be planted in a straight row.

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Then we dabbed small patches of paste along the paper.

We looked at the directions on the seed packets and spaced our patches far enough apart for the plants to grow well.

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We placed seeds on each patch of paste.

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We let them dry overnight…

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and placed them in ziplock bags.

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We have bags of carrots, sunflowers, peas and beans all ready to be planted on the roof.

It won’t be long now!

Post by Michele and Laurie K.