Yup! I have some Container Gardening and Rooftop Gardening Progress for you!
Last night Sam, Casey, and I - along with Sam's sister stayed after work for a few hours and transplanted some of our sprouting produce. We also started planting some new 'from seed' varieties for our 2nd flight of crops!
And on the far end of that first photo - here's a closer look at what we did. We transplanted the Brussel Sprouts into 3 gallon buckets to promote growth. Because we had so many seeds that sprouted with the Brussel Sprouts - Sam and Ashley took some home for their father since he also has a large garden at home, too! He's actually starting our tomatoes for us, too! And he will be doing some larger produce items in his garden that we would have room for on the roof - such as melons and squashes.
Now moving into the main room - where it all began! Here are some updated photos of what we started last night!
In this 2nd photo here we started some more lettuce, spinach, peas, and we kept the Carrots and Broccoli in the same containers and spot for the time being!
Now...on to the NEW Stuff!!! First...Spinach! Silly me...I ripped of the top of the package showing what type of Spinach it was! DOH!
But it was a fairly basic or common type so we will just call it spinach, eh!?
Leaves are broad, crumpled, and frilled. Well able to tolerate Summer heat and drought. An exceptionally good keeper. Large, upright plants. Loose leaf type. Very early and adaptable. Withstands some frost. Slow bolting. Inner leaves blanch almost white. Very popular long favored variety, fixture in North American gardens for over a hundred years. - See more at: http://www.gurneys.com/product/blackseeded_simpson_lettuce/vegetables#sthash.TZ1M08qM.dpufA little more on this lettuce according to Burpee ~ Even after 150 years it's one of the most tender leaf lettuces. Customer Favorite! Hugely popular for over 150 years, it's one of the most tender and delicately flavored leaf lettuces ever bred. The ruffled leaves are large with an appealing green color. Simpson is well adapted to a wide range of climates and is still the best for early spring sowing.
The reason we thought about this one was mostly because of the wide range of climates and for early spring sowing!
Lucullus Swiss Chard to be exact.
52 days — This is the most popular variety. Named after the Roman general of the same name. Heavily crumpled with wide, broad white ribs about twenty inches tall. Tolerates hot weather and grows until first frost. Heavy producing plant with good flavor.
The reason we pursued this one was because it is know as a heavy producer!
Personally, I was drawn to this one because it was so different looking and I couldn't stop thinking about it! I wanted to try and incorporate more and more colorful varieties and species that you cannot find in our local stores.
A little bit about this specific pea...
65 days. A snap pea with unusually thick-walled pods. Pods are at their peak at about 3” long, and have sweet, wrinkled little peas in them at that time. So crisp and juicy! The plants require no staking, since they reach only about 30” in height. A newer variety that has some disease resistance, a distinct improvement over Sugar Ann. Bred by Jim Baggett of OSU especially for the Northwest.
Pea 'Progress No. 9' is a prolific and early yielding wrinkle-seeded variety.
This fast growing, second early is heavy cropping, producing dark green plump pods that are 3 to 4in long with 7 to 9 delicious peas per well-filled pod and is resistant to both Fusarium root rot and wilt. Originally known as "Laxtons Progress No. 9", this low-growing variety grows 40 to 50cm (16 to 20in) tall, making it excellent for container growing and smaller gardens. There is no need to stake its short vines, although the peas are easier to harvest when supplied with a small trellis or a fence. Harvest continuously when ripe to encourage greater yields. 58 to 65 days to maturity.
And FINALLY...here is the final and 3rd pea variety we are doing for now. They are called Little Marvel Peas.
Little Marvel pea is an excellent choice selected for its high yield potential and excellent sweet flavor. A most satisfactory pea in the home garden. The pea plants are compact, up to 30" tall, very productive, hardy, luscious and sugary. Little Marvel has small pods whose peas stay tender and sweet even when fully ripe and filling the pod.
So...yeah...we are pretty excited! We are happy with our first attempts! Happy that we have sprouts on everything from our first flight. Excited that we have now started our 2nd flight. We are just hoping that they keep progressing after we transplanted them. I'm still worried about some of the lettuces - especially the Rosalita. But time will tell. We have LOTS of other seeds that are still pending the sowing process. I'm trying to refrain from buying any more seeds but I will say I am very tempted. We will also be purchasing some starters once they are available locally. I'm not 100% percent sure but I'm leaning towards ALSO doing a garden at my house this year, too! I will keep you posted on that, too!