Category Archives: Garden

Second tray of starts: Lettuce

SSE Gulley’s Favorite (60 days)
SSE Red Romaine (70 days)
SSE Forelleschluss (55 days)
SSE Flame (60 days)
SSE Bronze Arrowhead (40-50 days)
SSE Amish Deer Tongue (x2) (45-55 days)
Territorial Flashy Trout (x2) (Bought Pelleted by accident and unclear why I don’t do this more) (55 days)
SSE Green Oak Leaf (50 days)

Trying these under an LED light.

Is the ground too hot?

Got back from vacation and the garden had cooked the lettuce into giant flowers. May be too hot, but I’m going to try and start summer plants with the hopes I can harvest in October.

SSE: Blondkopfchen
SSE: Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry
SSE: Plum Lemon
SSE: Gold Rush Currant
All of the left over basil seeds.

Three photos from Saturday

SFL: The SFL has been a great success although I’m worried its life in the neighborhood is winding down. When we went to bed, there were 8+ books, including a battered but readable copy of Angle of Repose. When we woke up, there was this:


A neighbor around the corner uses their tree for political (moral?) messages. Love this one.


And the current status of my community garden plot. Chard! Hooray Chard!


Cold greens

Greensgrow West opened yesterday and I brought the wagon over to load up. (Kara was playing in the suburbs and Colin wasn’t home yet…thankfully middle aged men with red wagons don’t merit a second glance in West Philly).

Right: mix of Collards, Russian Kale, and Lacinato Kale.
Center: green and red mustard greens and all the lettuce start they had.


Right bed with Farmer Colin:

Center bed:

We also put about a thousand onions in the ground up front next to the garlic.

Yellow and red rows alternating. We’ll see.

Colin would like to thank Sergio Aguero for inspiring his haircut.

Compost Analysis

One of the many great things about Philadelphia is the Fairmount recycling center. KC and I went there yesterday — she filled the six buckets with compost on her own — after stopping at the only good bagel place in Philadelphia.

Here’s the link to the analysis of the compost we picked up. I could spend weeks reading and decoding this with students.