We get little help from our horticultural and botanical institutions about modern urban food production methods but thanks to the Internet that does not stop this socially valuable information from spreading.
"Garden diary" blogs like the following are a major help for all of us who would like to grow some fresh vegetables but do not have the land, time or interest in dirt gardening.
This San Francisco Bay Area grower has made DIY sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) from tote boxes including the EarthTainer design by Ray Newstead. You can see the results in the blog photos and judge for yourself about the benefits of sub-irrigated portable micro-gardens.
I have started a new tag titled “blogs to follow” and will add other blogs retroactively. There will be many more blogs added to this category. Perhaps one of them will by yours. Stay tuned.
While our main crop are different varieties of tomatoes, we’re very excited about our first crop of zucchinis. The first blooms have turned into fruit…are zucchinis fruit or vegetable? Do they have seeds? Regardless, this brings back memories of when I played in my grandmother’s garden when I was little. She had rows of zucchini and various squashes.
The tomatoes continue to do well. All of the established plants have gotten taller and fuller. The Sweet 100′s have produced their first fruit and check out the nice string of tomatoes getting established on the Early Girls.
I’m starting to trip the tomato plants, taking off the branches which don’t have any blooms. This essentially thins them out letting them focus their energy on their blooms and fruit. You need to maintain a fair about of leaves on the plant so it can feed itself via photosynthesis.