Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

Sept 25, 2011
Scotch Bonnets

According to Wikipedia, most Scotch Bonnets have heat rating of 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville Units in comparison to Jalapeno if 2,500 to 8,000.  I am not sure what we're going to do with these fire bombs yet but in the mean time it's going into the freezer for some chillin'...

August 26, 2011
Harvest before the Hurricane.  We had to get our 12th floor patio prepared for the anticipated hurricane.  We brought most of the small plants into the apartment and I harvested all that are ready to be eaten.  I am most excited about the potatoes as this is the first year we're growing potatoes.  They're sort of pre-mature to be harvested, but the bigger ones are delicious.  I thought they had a little radish-like bite.  The sweet corn were SWEET!  It's sort of odd to be harvesting potatoes and corn in Manhattan on the 12th floor and at the same time preparing for hurricane to arrive. 

August 7, 2011
We harvested lots of tomatoes from our patio this weekend... and in my way of saving them for later, I made them into marinara sauce along with herbs from our patio as well.  It's a great feeling to make a dish from home grown vegetables!

July 17, 2011
I can't believe that we're still harvesting strawberries from our patio in the middle of July.  Don't judge these berries by its size.  They are packed with strawberry flavour!

This is our first batch of tomatoes besides the random oneoff's we have been picking off the plant.  There's nothing quite compared to vine-riped tomatoes freshly picked from the vine.  Eat them while they are still slightly warm from the sun.  One of the few things that scream "simple goodness"... mmm.... life is good... .

July 10, 2011
It has been a while since I wrote about our patio garden.  The vetetables, tomatoes, flowers are all doing very well.  I've been using our plentiful herbs in my cooking - I made a pretty yummy chimichurri sauce for our steak dinner on Saturday.  I might actually just have enough basil to make my first batch of pesto sauce.  I typically make 2 to 3 batches of pesto during summer, freeze them in ice cube trays and use them through Fall/Winter.. even in Spring of the following year.

We're expecting our biggest tomato harvest yet this year.  We grew all our tomato plants from seeds this year, except for the patio hybrid tomato.  It amazes me how these plants grew from one tiny seed and in just a matter of months.

June 1, 2011
Today we harvested the bok choy, unfortunately I have allowed the veg to overgrow before harvesting.  Oh well... c'est la vie.  It's going to be part of our stif fry dinner tonight.

Bok Choy

These strawberries are tiny but packed with strawberry flavour.  We planted 4 strawberry plants last spring and we weren't expecting it to survive winter.  At one point during winter they were covered in over 1 foot of snow.  Surprise, surprise, these plants are doing better than they did last year!

Herbs are doing exceptionally well. 

Cilantro, Thyme, Sage, Parsley, Rosemary

May 30, 2011

This is my favorite time of the year.  We're beginning to harvest some goodies from tiny vegetable rooftop garden.  The radishes were a huge success this year.  It's simply so satisfying to have home grown salad.  Peas are doing well too.  I think we'll be having strawberries in a few days.