Sunday, May 16, 2010
Urban Gardener Weekend Report
What a weekend! Blue skies and 70 degrees, there could not have been better weather for spring gardening.
On Saturday, Mitch and I took a walk over to Manhattan's famous Flower District. We found a great shop for everything from pots and pedestals to soil moisture testers at Jamali Floral & Garden Suppliers on W. 28th St. We picked up velcro tomato ties, Hoffman Tomato Food (this fertilizer is a must for any urban tomato grower) and a few other sundries.
Our main reason for the walk across town was the search for shrubbery. We needed a pretty plant to replace a tired tea rose and we found a brilliantly flowering Scotch Broom at Paradise Plants, also on 28th. The manager assured us that the plant would maintain its beautiful red and yellow blooms all summer, so we grabbed it for $35. A subsequent check on the Internet, however, revealed that the bush would only flower through May. So, I would not recommend shopping at Paradise (and I would recommend doing the research before making a purchase even if it means waiting another week.) Maybe we'll get lucky and get flowers through June...
Of course, the biggest attraction this weekend was planting the seedlings that have been growing on our dining table the past two months. By Sunday afternoon, the parsley, basil, peppers and cucumbers were all tucked into their pots and are now basking in the glorious sunshine. Additionally, I picked up some lettuce seedlings at the Green Market and got them into the ground too. I went for the least expensive, purchasing two packets of four starters at $2.50 each -- one red salad bowl and the other a mix. This was a great deal as there were at least 20 plants between the two packets, including an arugula. I ran out of room to place them all!
If the weather remains on the warm side we'll get some of our tomato plants out this week. They are getting gangly and need a good dose of sunshine to get thick and strong. The eggplants could go out this week too. They really like it hot and I hear 80 degree days are in the forecast.