Aug 072013
 

Yesterday I harvested my first crop of celery from the green house. I started three heads of celery indoors after reading a post here: http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-celery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html

Started as described in the article, in bowls of water in March or April of this year. About a month or so after starting, I transplanted into flower pots. I kept it mostly indoors for the spring on my kitchen window where it could get the afternoon sun. In May, I started putting the pots outside to give the celery more sunlight, and to give it some colder temperatures so that it could handle being outside. I’d bring them in each day so that the cold wouldn’t kill them.

Late May, early June, after our last snowfall, I planted outdoors in the greenhouse. Transplanting was pretty easy. I was surprised by how many roots had sprouted and wrapped around the flower pot. Here are a few pictures of the greenhouse a week or so after the transplant.

after-transplant

I decided to pull up one of the heads because there were a lot of brown stalks. I thought it was drying out, but after I picked it, it was clear that bugs had eaten some of the stalks. Looked like earwigs and they would get inside and hollow out the stalk. After cleaning the head, there were fewer ruined stalks then I thought, which was good.

Below are some pictures of the harvest:

harvest1

harvest2

Aug 172010
 

Well, today I completed my first harvest of my garden. There were a few dead/dying potato plans that I figured should be picked before the potatoes go rotten. Here is the harvest:

Oh, and one carrot.

Here are more pictures of the potatoes:

Aug 112010
 

It is tough living in a duplex, with no lawn. My dream of a garden seemed to die with the purchase of the house. But never fear, where there is a will, there is a way.

I got six fish trays filled with dirt. Then added the veggies, two with carrots and four with potatoes. I placed these on the second tier of rock wall in our back yard. This allows the veggies to get reliable sun throughout the day. The height makes weeding and watering quite easy.

Take a look at the pictures below taken last month. Notice the potatoes on the far right. It was the first potatoes I planted, and by far grew the fastest (the other trays had a 1 day disadvantage). However, it was pure top/potting soil, while the other 5 trays also contained a mixture of peat moss. Over the summer, all of the other trays over took the potatoes planted first. There was a 2 to 3 week period before the other 5 trays even started growing. The 5 trays did end up with a lot of weeds, but once the veggies took hold, they really took off.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ll post more pictures toward harvest time.