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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Up On the Roof— May 30, 2014

We’ve been spending lots of time up on the roof again.

Today Barbara and Michele took pictures to show everyone what we’ve been up to.

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The strawberries are growing.

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Everyone is eating the chives again.

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Peas are climbing the trellis with peppers in front of them, along with little pincushion zinnias.

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We grew our brandywine heirloom tomatoes from seed.

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Along with super beefsteak tomatoes, and several other varieties.

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Staff person Kathy O’Brien brought in a pumpkin that she’s had hanging around since last year.

We buried in the garden and now we’re watching to see if  a new pumpkin plant will grow out of it.

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Our pond is back! We hope to add fish next week if the water gets warmer.

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We planted a salsa garden that contains tomatillos, peppers, tomatoes and cilantro.

Everything we need to make salsa!

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The new knockout rose bush is settling in and getting ready to bloom soon.

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Here’s the view across the roof today.

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We still have seedlings to find spaces for!

There’s lots of work ahead for us!

Post by,  Barbara and Michele

 

Up On the Rooftop- November Edition

We’ve been putting things away and getting ready for winter on our rooftop.

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We do miss our summer look. It was beautiful!

It’s sad to see it go but there’s still lots of great things happening in the Bass River Gardens!

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Swiss chard… we’ve made it into soup and stir fry and added it to arrangements.

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It’s fun to bring fresh flowers down for everyone to enjoy.

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These chrysanthemums were brought in by one of our workers from the Gordon Florist job site in June. We planted them up on the roof, then watered and pruned them all summer. Here they are blooming for us again!

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We always have a little bit of lettuce growing somewhere.

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This rose bush is a new addition, and those yellow flowers are broccoli blooms.

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We harvested lots of sunflower seeds. We kept some for the birds this winter…

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and we cooked some to eat. They were roasted after they simmered with salt. They baked so quickly that we burnt them 😦

We’ll try that again next year.

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The fish are back downstairs.

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We saved some of the broom corn seeds for next year.

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We also made this “cold frame” from basement window well covers that we clipped together and tied down with bungee cords. We have cilantro, dill, chamomile and oregano growing under here and we’ll probably add some lettuce too. It’s a fun and easy way to extend our outdoor growing season.

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Our friendly owl keeps an eye on us as we work and enjoy our view.

Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoyed our update!

Michele and the Bass River Gardeners