Our rooftop garden has been an exercise in trial and error, to say the least.
Win: Basil and Sage
The herbs grow like crazy. We have made plenty of pesto and still have basil growing faster than we can pick it.
Never even sprouted. Sad.
Again, multiple harvests and very easy to grow. Should have planted a whole lot more.
These Romas have broken my heart. Each tomato starts out so healthy and then, after a couple of weeks on the vine, turns brown at the end and shrivels up. Seasoned gardens, help me out: what am I doing wrong? Crushing.
Comeback Kid: Habernos
After we planted these guys, we had a week-long cold snap that caused them to, seemingly, die. But we kept tending them, knowing they’d love the extreme heat of true summer. And, lo and behold, there they stand, resurrected. Now the test is whether or not they’ll actually yield any peppers…
This went to seed right off the bat. Pretty enough flowers, but no harvest.
Recently Rescued: Zucchini
I planted my poor zucchinis way too close together. By the time I realized this, all three seedling were nearly strangled to death. I separated them out and transplanted each and they’re slowly being revived. This little guy is even beginning to blossom. Fingers crossed for squash soon enough.
Too Soon to Tell: String Beans
I think I planted these ones too close together as well. They started to wither and I transplanted them last week, but I’m not sure we’re in the clear just yet. I so wanted a huge crop of beans, so I’m hoping that a few good waterings and a lot of heartfelt lullabies (I hear plants love to be sung to?) will help.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by our gardening endeavors so far. Some plants have been far easier to grow than I imagined, and I feel like the learning curve is steep, but now that we know what we do, next season we’ll be able to plant a lot more of the easier crops. And, using our garden to supplement our CSA, we’ve been able to eat a few meals lately that have been sourced entirely locally with not too much extra effort.
And the experiment continues. As always, tips and tricks from gardening experts are more than welcome!