Emily's Garden Update #1
Unfortunately I got a bit of a late start this year, but today I finally filled the inner boxes with soil and planted some cold-hardy seeds (radishes, salad greens, scallions, nasturtium, and cilantro). I did not cover all of the soil with seeds, as I want to spread out my harvesting by planting more seeds every couple of weeks (succession gardening). Soon I will also plant bush beans, basil, parsley, and catnip. Most vegetables only require 6 inches of soil, so the inner bins are a good depth for everything that I've planted.
This box is a perfect kitchen garden for us. I'm looking forward to this Summer when I can simply walk down our stairs and pick salad veggies. Yum... fresh salads made with lettuce, radish, bush bean, scallions, and herbs. Oh, and tomatoes, too! I will also be growing two tomato plants in one of our 2x2 Tomato Boxes. The cilantro, scallion, and tomatoes can also be made to make fresh salsa. I usually make a batch of fresh salsa every week and I'm eager to actually use my own produce this Summer.
The garden is quite convenient because its located at the bottom of our stairs. Every time I go in or out of our apartment, I can easily peek into the garden and check out its status. I should mention too that my box smells amazing. Cedar is so fresh and zesty smelling.
Emily's Garden Update #2
Emily's Garden Update #3
Emily's Garden Update #4
The plants in my Movable Garden are significantly bigger and healthier than the plants in my community garden plot. The community garden plants seem stunted; its rather discouraging. The polycarbonate lid keeps my Mobile Garden warmer during the day and night, however, my community garden is not covered and has been directly exposed to the cloudy, wet days and chilly nights that we've been having for a while now. In order to ensure that my community plot is productive this season, I may need to invest in some row cover and build some quick hoops.
What we all in Montana would like to see now is some real SUN!
The Bozeman area was hit by a severe hail storm yesterday evening. We could hear the storm coming from a mile away; it sounded like a freight train or a huge herd of bison stampeding our way. We had time to put away out tools and close the lid to our movable garden, but did not have time to wheel the tomatoes into the garage...
The storm was frightening. Golf ball-sized chucks of solid ice whipped down from the sky. Although we were safe indoors, we feared that our windows would be busted in. After the storm passed, we ventured outside to assess the damage. One of the two tomatoes was demolished. The top and most of the limbs were cut off and the plant will most likely die. The second tomato lost a few limbs and all of its flowers. It is sad to see these plants hurt because they were healthy and already blossoming.
Luckily, our 4x4 Movable Garden survived the storm completely unscathed! With the polycarbonate lid down, the garden was completely safe and the hail just bounced off the top. If only the rear windshield of our car was as durable as polycarbonate plastic. We will be waiting in line with every one else to town to have our window replaced.